Houston Police Receive International Award for Illegal Dumping Case

Stephen Dicker, a member of the Project EnCriPT Advisory Board, accepts IACP's Dave Cameron Award for the Houston Police Department.
Stephen Dicker (second from left), a member of the Project EnCriPT Advisory Board, accepts IACP's Dave Cameron Award for the Houston Police Department.

The International Association of Chiefs of Police, IACP, Environmental Crimes Committee Chief Dave Cameron Award recognizes excellence in environmental crimes enforcement and education.

The award honors David Cameron, chief of police in Jackson, Wyoming, from 1992 until his untimely death in April 2001. Through his professionalism, dedication, and personality, Dave Cameron positively affected law enforcement worldwide while serving as chairman of the IACP Environmental Crimes Committee from 1992 to 2001 and member of the IACP Executive Committee from 1992 to 2001.

A layer of green pollutant lays on water.
In 2012, the Houston Police Department (HPD)was awarded this prestigious honor. In early to mid-2011, the Houston Police Department, Major Offenders Division, Environmental Investigations Unit received a report of thousands of gallons of a possible hazardous waste that had been illegally discharged into a storm water basin. Throughout countless hours of investigations, it was discovered that enormous amounts of hazardous waste was illegally transported and disposed of throughout Harris County negatively affecting waterways, wildlife, and ultimately human lives. After tracking the substance and identifying it as hazardous, namely a characteristic known as “Corrosivity”, the city of Houston along with several private corporations and citizens began immediate remediation of the areas.

SHSU was part of the Houston Police Department Task Force and shared in the award. Pictured l to r are Dr. Jack Hill, and David Hoffpauir of SHSU Office of Research and Sponsored Programs and Sgt Michael Walsh of the Houston Police Department
SHSU was part of the Houston Police Department Task Force and shared in the award. Pictured l to r are Dr. Jack Hill, and David Hoffpauir of SHSU Office of Research and Sponsored Programs and Sg.t Michael Walsh of the Houston Police Department
Numerous agencies worked in cooperation with the HPD to identify the responsible party. With the help of video surveillance, geographical mapping, and extensive investigative tactics, an individual was identified and prosecuted.

Sam Houston State University College of Criminal Justice and Office of Research and Sponsored Programs contributed to the HPD task force in this investigation. The Task Force received the Chief of Police Commendation from Houston Chief Charles A. McClelland, Jr.

Additional note: Senior Officer, Stephen Dicker of the Houston Police Department, Environmental Investigations Unit, Major Offenders Division, is a member of Project EnCriPT’s Advisory Board.

For information about the Dave Cameron Award, visit http://theiacp.org/About/Awards/ChiefDaveCameronAward/tabid/281/Default.aspx.

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