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Missouri City's Finest Proudly Announces Some Promotions and a New Addition to the Force
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Missouri City Police Chief Joel Fitzgerald, far left, is proud to announce the addition of Keith Jemison (next to Fitzgerald) to the force. Jemison is the City's new Assistant Chief of Administration. Fitzgerald also announced the promotions of Captain Mike Berezin (second from right) to Assistant Chief of Operations and Lieutenant Dwayne Williams (far right) to Patrol Captain.
Missouri City's Finest Proudly Announces
Some Promotions and a New Addition to the Force
Continuing its commitment to provide citizens with superior leadership, the Missouri City Police Department has announced a new addition and some recent promotions on the force.
Captain Mike Berezin was named Assistant Chief of Operations, Keith Jemison joined the City as Assistant Chief of Administration, and Lieutenant Dwayne Williams was promoted to Patrol Captain.
The positions were formally announced at the March 7 City Council meeting and a promotional ceremony was held Friday, March 11 at the City's Community Center.
"These officers have impressive credentials and their commitment is indicative of the entire Department's dedication to keeping Missouri City one of the safest City's in the nation," said Police Chief Joel Fitzgerald.
In sharing their accomplishments, Fitzgerald noted the following about each officer:
Assistant Chief Berezin has been one of Missouri City's finest since January 1989 when he was hired as a patrol officer. One year later, he was honored as "Officer of the Year" by the Fort Bend County 100 Club; the award was also bestowed on him in 2001 by the 100 Club of Greater Houston. Berezin has also served as a crime scene investigator, a patrol sergeant, a lieutenant, and a captain. During his tenure as lieutenant, he was the patrol shift commander and while captain, he supervised the Patrol Division and oversaw the department's respected community outreach program through which supervisors are assigned to attend homeowners association meetings and collaborate with residents on crime prevention measures. Berezin is a graduate of the Leadership Command College at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville and of the 236th Session of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Va.
Assistant Chief Jemison brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the department. His record of service includes posts in Washington State, the Montgomery ISD Police Department and the U.S. Army. Jemison has served as a Police Officer, a Criminal Investigator, a Sergeant and a high school teacher in Chicago.
Jemison has achieved a number of accolades during his distinguished career, including earning:
*The Army Achievement Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster for meritorious service as well as the National Service Defense Medal with bronze star device
*Multiple Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and Education awards including Police Instructor, Crime Prevention Inspector, Sexual Assault and Family Violence Special Investigator, Field Training Instructor, Mental Health Peace Officer, and Firearms Instructor
*The Texas State Academic Recognition Award
Assistant Chief Jemison earned a Master of Arts degree in Political and Justice Studies and a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice Administration, cum laude. He is a graduate of the FBI Command College, the FBI Command Institute for Law Enforcement Executives, the FBI-Law Enforcement Executive Development Association Session #38; and the Critical Incident Command of the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office.
Since 2005, he has been an Adjunct Professor of Government and Political Science for the Lone Star College System and has taught courses for other colleges and universities. Additionally, he has taught law-enforcement courses at area Police Academies, including the Montgomery County Sheriff's Academy and the Conroe Police Academy.
Jemison is a member of the Texas Police Chief's Association, the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Association, the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, and the Police Executive Research Forum.
Patrol Captain Williams has been a key contributor since he joined the force in 1998 as a patrol officer. Williams has risen through the ranks and served as a Corporal, a Detective, a Patrol Sergeant and a Lieutenant. He used his proficiency in law enforcement to help create the Missouri City Police Department Bike Patrol Team and currently coordinates the unit. During his career, he has also worked with the Rice University Police Department as a patrol officer. Williams is a graduate of The Institute for Law Enforcement Administration School of Supervision and he has completed a master's peace officer licensing course at the University of Houston Downtown Police Academy.
Chief Fitzgerald also announced the promotions of Sergeant Brandon Harris to Lieutenant, Patrol Officer Tracy Cox to Sergeant, Patrol Officer Caleb Rule to Detective and Patrol Officer Bruce Moats to Detective. The Missouri C
Crime Declines In Missouri City: Strategic Initiatives, Citizen Programs Drive Offenses Down
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Missouri City Police officers learn specialized techniques in community policing during a 2010 seminar, at left. At right, officers join City Councilmen and citizens of Hunters Glen I & II to launch a Crime Watch program. From left to right, Dan Flagg, Missouri City Police Department’s Community Liaison Officer, Capt. Mike Berezin, Hunters Glen I & II HOA President James Bell, Hunters Glen Crime Watch coordinator Gene Rasbury, Councilman Bobby Marshall, Sgt. Daryl Smith and Councilman Don Smith.
Crime Declines In Missouri City:
Strategic Initiatives, Citizen Programs Drive Offenses Down
An in-depth Police Department analysis of major crimes committed in Missouri City during 2010 shows a 7.2 percent decrease in all offenses from 2009, the direct result of proactive prevention policies.
Overall, 333 fewer crimes were committed over the last year, a drop from 4,588 incidents in 2009 to 4,255 in 2010. And, Part 1 crimes involving the worst felonies declined 1.82 percent from 1,429 incidents to 1,403. Rapes decreased from 15 incidents to 10, robberies were down from 46 incidents to 42, burglaries dropped from 366 incidents to 305, and arsons dropped from 11 to 3. However, some challenges exist in this category, with four of the eight major crimes showing some increase. Murders increased from 1 death to 4, aggravated assaults moved from 61 incidents to 79, vehicle thefts rose from 57 incidents to 71, and thefts increased from 872 to 888.
To combat and curtail crimes, the Police Department has employed a number of tactics including strategic stings, increased patrols and community education programs. “Missouri City is one of the safest communities in the country thanks to the tireless dedication of every person in this police department,” Chief Joel Fitzgerald told City Council during a presentation on the 2010 figures on January 18. “Officers work around the clock to safeguard the City and to develop and maintain strong crime-fighting partnerships with our residents.”
Indicative of this public safety commitment is the increase of adult arrests for all offenses from 1,575 in 2009 to 1,951 in 2010.
Fitzgerald said the department’s overall response time to calls for assistance has remained steady. Departmental figures for 2010 show that officers’ response to emergency calls for service has remained relatively unchanged at fewer than 4 minutes.
For consistency in comparisons to cities locally and nationwide, 2010 statistics were compiled using the Uniform Crime Reporting method, which records only the most serious crime in any incident. The Federal Bureau of Investigation uses this reporting method to publish an annual report on the state of crime across the country.
In Missouri City, the Police Department’s uniform policies and increased visibility citywide continue to strengthen the force internally and externally. For instance, about 400 fewer calls for service came into the dispatch call center last year. A critical reason for the decline is the police community outreach program that “allows residents to have personal interaction with police supervisors and other staff at the community level,” Fitzgerald said. “We regularly attend homeowner association meetings. This allows us to mitigate some problems we encounter because officers directly answer residents and establish their own strategies to address problems in subdivisions. Their effectiveness is evident; they educate citizens and relieve residents of the need to call 911 for non-emergency issues.”
Fitzgerald added that “Council approval of hiring seven additional officers through the budget process will also increase our community visibility.”
Other departmental achievements last year were strategic stings to stem an increase in thefts from motor vehicles, gang violence and narcotics sales and distribution. Fitzgerald said staff analysts identified an emerging trend in thefts from motor vehicles. A coordinated response was organized, cutting incidents from 449 to 323. To crackdown on narcotics, Missouri City Police rejoined the Fort Bend County Narcotics Task Force and aggressively initiated investigations; there were 195 in 2010, compared to 107 in 2009. And, police facilitated crime watch training and gang awareness programs to inform citizens of prevention and safety measures.
In addition to public safety, Fitzgerald continues to emphasize training and education. Officers in the Criminal Investigation Division partnered with their Houston colleagues last year to learn cutting-edge analysis and examination techniques. Also, Fitzgerald recently introduced PowerDMS to the Force. The compliance management software helps to ensure efficient and effective distribution, review and acknowledgment of policies, online training courses and surveys. The software also enables supervisors to receive feedback from officers, to test their knowledge of procedures and to identify areas where improvement is needed.
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