City of Odessa Officials Project Graduation Press Conference

Odessa, Texas/May 22, 2024-The City of Odessa, Odessa Police Department, ECISD Police and the Ector County Sheriff’s Office held the 2024 Project Graduation press conference. Odessa City Councilwoman Denise Swanner presented a check of 500 dollars to Permian High School and 500-dollar check to Odessa High. 

(Denise Swanner, City Councilwoman-At Large/Odessa City Council/Odessa, Texas) 

Odessa Crime Stoppers encourages anyone who is aware of parties with information on underage drinking to call the Odessa Crime Stopper tip line. 

(Susan Rogers, Executive Director-Odessa Crime Stoppers/Odessa, Texas) 

Project Graduation is a drug and alcohol-free all-night party. Graduates who attend enjoy a wide selection of food and snacks and will be eligible for prizes throughout the night. The event will begin May 25 from 11pm to 6am at the Odessa College Sports Center. 

(Sara Hinshaw, Program Director-Midessa Community Alliance/Odessa, Texas) 

(Michael Gereke, Chief of Police-Odessa Police Department/Odessa, Texas) 

For DRB Media Communications Digital News, Danny Barrera. 

 

OPD AND ECSO HOLD “BURGERS FOR BADGES” AT 2 WHATABURGER LOCATIONS

Odessa, Texas/March 23, 2024-The Odessa Police Department held their Burgers for Badges fundraiser event at the Whataburger located at the corner of 42nd and JBS Parkway. Burgers for Badges kicks off the annual Bustin for Badges clay shoot event. 

(Cpl. Steve LeSueur, Public Information Officer-Odessa Police Department/Odessa, Texas) 

This year’s Bustin for Badges Clay Shoot event offers a wide selection of Prizes. 

(Cpl. Steve LeSueur, Public Information Officer-Odessa Police Department/Odessa, Texas)   

The Ector County Sheriff’s Office held their Burgers for Badges event at the Whataburger on Andrews High close to East 42nd Street. 

(Lt. Richard Dickson, ECSO Canine Unit- Ector County Sheriff’s Office-Odessa, Texas) 

Deputies sold Bustin’ for Badges raffle tickets for a chance to win great prizes, while children were able to see the armored personnel carrier, and demonstrations by the Ector County Sheriff’s Office Canine Unit. 

(Lt. Richard Dickson, ECSO Canine Unit- Ector County Sheriff’s Office-Odessa, Texas) 

For DRB Media Communications Digital News, Danny Barrera. 

City of Odessa and Project One-Eleven Held Fentanyl Awareness for Parents

Odessa, Texas/October 31, 2023-The City of Odessa and Project 1:11 hosted a Fentanyl Awareness for parents at Woodson Park in South Odessa. Parents brought their children in costumes to the Halloween themed event. 

(Denise Swanner, Councilmember At-Large-City of Odessa, Texas) 

Odessa Fire Rescue and Odessa Police Department brought emergency vehicles and the SWAT team assault vehicles and hardware. Information was handed out to parents on the dangers of Fentanyl. 

(Jason Cotton, Fire Chief-Odessa Fire Rescue/Odessa, Texas) 

NARCAN, which is used to neutralize an overdose of a controlled substance, is available over the counter. 

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Odessa Fire Rescue and Odessa Police Department Host Annual Trunk or Treat Event for Children

Odessa, Texas/October 31, 2023-Odessa Fire Rescue and the Odessa Police Department held their annual Trunk or Treat event at the Central Fire Station. Mom and Dad’s brought their little ones to get candy from fire fighters and from OPD Officers. 

(Jason Cotton, Fire Chief-Odessa Fire Rescue-Odessa, Texas) 

The Odessa Fire Rescue and Odessa Police Department Trunk or Treat event is for pre-school and Daycare children only. 

(Cpl. Steve LeSueur, Public Information Officer-Odessa Police Department/Odessa, Texas) 

Public Safety Communications, and Atmos Energy participated in the Trunk or Treat event handing out treats and information to parents. 

(Michael Gereke, Chief of Police-Odessa Police Department/Odessa, Texas) 

For DRB Media Communications Digital News, Danny Barrera. 

 

Homicide Investigation at the 1600 Block of Ridgecrest in Odessa, Texas

Odessa, Texas/September 8, 2023-On Wednesday evening at around 9:29pm the Odessa Police Department began investigating a murder in the 1600 Block of Ridgecrest. 

The victim and the actor were deceased. They were identified as Kristina Alvarado, 36 years-of-age, and William Silva, 43 years of age. They were pronounced deceased by medical staff. Next of kin were notified. 

The investigation continues. 

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Odessa Police Department Holds Testing Day

Odessa, Texas/August 27, 2023-On Saturday, August 26th, the Odessa Police Department held a “Testing Day” for people interested in becoming an officer with the OPD. About 20 people registered for the event and a couple of walk-ins came in on the day of the testing. 

(Cpl. Marshall Williams, Background Investigator/Recruiter-Odessa Police Department/Odessa, Texas) 

The Odessa Police Department Testing Day is a new recruiting method that allows the applicant to get a preview of the process of going through the Odessa Police Academy. 

(Cpl. Marshall Williams, Background Investigator/Recruiter-Odessa Police Department/Odessa, Texas) 

If any of the OPD Testing Day applicants did not pass an interview or agility test Odessa Police Department recruiters encourages them to come back and re-apply. 

(Cpl. Marshall Williams, Background Investigator/Recruiter-Odessa Police Department/Odessa, Texas) 

For DRB Media Communications Digital News, Danny Barrera.