The mission of the East Aldine District Public Safety Program is to bring new investment to every aspect of the District by maintaining and enhancing a safe environment in both perception and reality with focused public safety and fire protection programs and an emphasis on redevelopment/investment opportunities to ensure that the District continues to be among the most desirable commercial areas in Harris County. This mission is carried out by the Public Safety Committee members who meet each month to review programs and projects and make periodic recommendations to the Board of Directors.
Public Safety Committee
About the Programs
THE EAST ALDINE DISTRICT PROVIDES TARGETED LAW ENFORCEMENT SERVICES TO THE COMMUNITY. THESE SERVICES ARE CONTRACTED THROUGH THE HARRIS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE. THE DISTRICT PROVIDES:
• 6 deputies responding to calls and intercepting law breakers on 3 shifts daily, including 1 deputy that addresses neighborhood nuisance abatement.
• Differential Response Team (DRT) consisting of 1 Sgt. and 3 deputies conducting proactive & reactive initiatives tailored to create long term solutions to chronic issues. Examples of these are; gambling and prostitution, nuisance properties committing environmental violations or conducting criminal activities, drug houses and chronic gang activities.
• Implements and tracks new technology to reduce crime rates. One example is the use of mobile cameras.
• Advocates for security needs and funding with city, county, state and national law enforcement and criminal prosecution agencies.
• Conducts street lighting surveys to ensure that CenterPoint Energy is notified immediately of any outages. The District has also funded the installation of more than 500 new street lights.
• Maintains an aesthetically appealing business environment through a Graffiti Abatement Program which cleans up graffiti once a week.
• Has organized Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training with 6 training classes since 2009, producing over 130 community CERT Team members in Aldine – North Houston.
• Operates the Aldine Sheriff’s Storefront I Public Safety Center, which houses the HCSO-EAMD contract team, Community Storefront deputies, Traffic Enforcement deputies, SOB Registration Unit, and Game Room Taskforce.
• Provides Specialized Patrol made up of deputies on Bikes, ATVs and Horseback (Mounted Patrol) which cover over 130 hours a month of security in area parks and shopping centers.
• Sponsors the HCSO Explorers – Post 42, which has involved over 100 youth and meets at the Aldine Storefront.
• Has a contract with the Harris County Attorney’s Office to address Chapter 125 Nuisance Abatement issues in the community.
Sergeant Michael A. Santos
Sergeant Santos was born in New York City and relocated to Aldine in 1977. Sergeant Santos attended Stephens Elementary, Aldine Junior High and MacArthur High School, graduating in 1988. After high school, Sergeant Santos worked as a certified ultrasound technician. Seeking a career change, Sergeant Santos began his law enforcement career in 2003 at the Inmate Processing Center and then went to the Harris County Sheriff’s Office Basic Police Academy in 2005. Sergeant Santos was transferred to patrol in District II (Aldine) in 2006 where he became an original member of the East Aldine Proactive Unit. He later transferred as an investigator to the Harris County Sheriff’s Office Gang Unit and eventually joined the FBI’s Multi-Agency Gang Task Force. Then in 2012, Sergeant Santos was selected to join the D.E.A.’s HIDTA Task Force. Promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 2014, he was transferred back to the Harris County Jail. In June 2015, Sergeant Santos was transferred back to District II patrol, where he is currently the East Aldine District (Rapid Response/DRT/Nuisance Abatement) Sergeant. Having many ties to, and family that still live in, Aldine, Sergeant Santos is dedicated to the citizens of Aldine.
Deputy Brian Bevil
Deputy Brian Bevil was born in Houston and was raised in Aldine, where he attended Stephens Elementary and Johnson Elementary. Deputy Bevil then attended Hambrick Jr. High and MacArthur High School, graduating in 1989. Deputy Bevil remained in Aldine until the age of 25. He hired on with the Sheriff’s Department in 2003 and graduated from the Harris County Sheriff’s Academy in 2004. Deputy Bevil started his police patrol career in 2004 in West Harris County’s District 4. In 2010, he transferred to North Harris County’s Patrol District 2 where he primarily worked the Aldine area. Deputy Bevil became an East Aldine District unit in 2015, where he continues on dayshift patrol.
Deputy David Mendez
Deputy Mendez was born in Houston where he attended Poe Elementary School. He then relocated to Spring, Texas where he attended Vogel intermediate school, York Junior High, and Oak Ridge High school. Deputy Mendez then moved to Pearland, where he graduated from Manvel High School in 2012. Deputy Mendez then returned back to Houston and continued his education at the University of Houston Downtown where he received his Basic Peace Officers license in 2014. Deputy Mendez hired on with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office in 2014 where he went through a modified academy and was transferred to District 2 patrol. Deputy Mendez was then recently transferred to his current assignment with the East Aldine Unit. Deputy Mendez is working on obtaining his intermediate peace officer license.
Deputy Jose A. Pena
Deputy Jose A. Pena was born in Houston, where he attended Lamar Elementary and Sam Houston High School. Deputy Pena graduated from the University of Houston Police Academy in 1993. Deputy Pena started working for the Harris County Sheriff’s Office in 1991, where his first assignment was working in the Jail and then the Inmate Processing Center (IPC) from 1995 to 2002. In 2002, Deputy Pena transferred to the Patrol Bureau and was assigned to District 2 as a district unit. Since 2006, Deputy Pena has been assigned the East Aldine District where his duties included answering calls for service, doing follow up investigations in the offenses of assault, family violence, robbery, burglary & theft, and forgery. Deputy Pena’s investigations have led the arrest of numerous suspects. Deputy Pena is presently assigned to the dayshift pro-active (DRT) unit in East Aldine District. Deputy Pena has one son and 3 daughters and is also a proud grandfather.
Deputy David Peterson
Deputy Peterson graduated for Hargrave High School in 1987, obtained his Associates in Business Administration Lee College in 1989 and Bachelor of Business Administration Sam Houston State University in 1991. Deputy David Peterson has been in law enforcement for over 24 years, attending the Harris County Sheriff’s Academy in 1992 and beginning as a Deputy Constable serving Criminal Warrants until 1997. In 1997, Deputy Peterson began his career with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, working the Housing Division, Law Library, booking and releasing weekend offenders. In 1999, Deputy Peterson transferred to the Communications Division, where he was a direct line supervisor of approximately 48 Dispatchers/911 Operators. Deputy Peterson was also assigned to the night shift Mobile Command Post for Emergency Operations and call-out. Deputy Peterson transferred to the Patrol Bureau in 2002 and was a Field Training Officer for 8 years before transferring to the East Aldine Management District Contract Team. Deputy Peterson is a member of the Differential Response Team (Pro-Active Unit) working investigations from Organized Criminal Activity, Narcotics, Vice, Child Predator, Game Room, Sexually Oriented Businesses, Gang Activity, as well as Residential and Commercial Nuisance Abatement Investigations. Deputy Peterson is a Master Peace Officer, Field Training Officer and a Certified Instructor. Deputy Peterson is a member of the Texas Gulf Coast Crime Prevention Association where he has received certification in CPTED (Crime Prevention thru Environmental Design).
Deputy Raymond Radney III
Deputy Radney was born in Houston and raised in the City of South Houston. He graduated from Friendswood High School and attended Alvin Community College where he completed the Basic Peace Officer Academy. Deputy Radney’s first law enforcement job was with the Galveston County Sheriff’s Office as a commissioned Deputy. In April, 2001 he hired on with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, and was assigned to the Detention Bureau. Deputy Radney worked in the Operations section of the Jail, until he transferred to patrol in 2013. His first assignment was as a contract Deputy in the Airline Improvement District. In 2014, Deputy Radney transferred to the East Aldine District’s Pro-Active Unit, and now serves in the DRT Unit. Deputy Radney is a proud father of two girls, and one boy. Deputy Radney looks forward to his continued work with the Sheriff’s Office, the East Aldine District, and is excited about the continued development of the East Aldine Community.
Deputy Amanda Crowder
Deputy Crowder has served with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office since early 2007, where she worked as a Jailer for several years. Becoming a certified Peace Officer in 2011, Deputy Crowder left the Sheriff’s Office to become a Patrol Officer with Houston Metro Police Department. Deputy Crowder has since returned to the Sheriff’s Office and has happily served the community and citizens of Aldine in Harris County since 2014.
Deputy Isaac Lewis
Deputy Lewis is proud to say he had the opportunity to attend school in the Aldine District and is a graduate of MacArthur High School. Deputy Lewis also has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Houston-Downtown. Deputy Lewis still has family & friends in the Aldine area. Deputy Lewis offers a proactive and new age approach to law enforcement. Deputy Lewis began his career with the Harris County Sheriff Office in 2014 and is currently assigned to the East Aldine District. Deputy Lewis’ duties expand in variety of ways, which includes working closely with Harris County’s investigative task force and other agencies, both local and federal.
Deputy Luis Gutierrez-Hernandez
Deputy Luis Gutierrez-Hernandez was born in Houston, and graduated from Galena Park High School. Deputy Hernandez attended the University of Houston Downtown, where he graduated from the Basic Peace Officer Academy. In 2012, he was hired as a Detention Officer for the Harris County Sheriff’s Office. In 2014, he transferred to the Patrol Bureau and is currently assigned to the East Aldine District. Deputy Hernandez enjoys the comradery between his fellow deputies and the East Aldine community he serves and protects.
Deputy Susana Benavides
Deputy S. Benavides was born in the small town of Chamblee, Georgia to a single father and later moved the Southwest side of Houston where she attended Milne Elementary, Welch Middle School and Thurgood Marshall in Missouri City. Deputy Benavides graduated in the top 10% from Westbury High School in 2009. Deputy Benavides then attended Houston Community College in Stafford, Texas and earned an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice in 2011. Deputy Benavides took classes at Houston Community College Northeast to begin on a second degree in Psychology and then attended the University of Houston Downtown, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice. In 2012, Deputy Benavides received her Basic Peace Officers license from the University of Houston-Downtown. Deputy Benavides hired on with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office in 2013, where she has worked District 2 patrol on evenings and recently transferred to the East Aldine District Unit.
City of Houston Mounted Patrol Facility located at 5005 Little York
The City of Houston, Mounted Patrol Facility is located at 5005 Little York in the East Aldine District and is open to the public. Citizens are free to visit the facility and its horses during the visitation hours and on weekends by appointment only. There is a sign-in policy for visitors and a few rules, which must be followed to ensure the safety of the horses, and visitors. The Mounted Patrol Detail is available to perform demonstrations. To schedule a demo, please contact the Mounted Patrol Unit at 832-394-0394.