Chief's Message

Occasionally, the Chief shares important news, alerts, and information directly with you. Here’s a collection of what he’s shared.

Message from the Chief – Defunding the Police

Reprinted with PermissionAransas Pass Progress – by Sabrina HuttonOriginally Published 09/09/2020 With the term “defunding the police” popping up regularly now, many have probably wondered what this entails and what it would mean for a community like Aransas Pass. Aransas Pass Police Department’s Police Chief Eric Blanchard has stepped forward to provide some light on […]

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Further Clarification from the Chief – KIII News Report on COVID-19

On Saturday, 07/11/2020, I participated in a live video session for the Facebook Page “Bring Back Live PD.” During the live session, I took questions from the audience. You can view that video here.   On Monday, 07/13/2020, Rudy Trevino, with KIII TV News, contacted me and requested information about a stance or position he was told […]

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Operational Impact of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) *UPDATED 5/6/2020

Release date: 05/06/2020 – FINAL UPDATE This release shall serve as our [the police department’s] final update. The purpose of this update is to encourage you to follow the governor’s guidelines as regularly updated on his website https://gov.texas.gov/coronavirus. You may also follow daily mayoral updates so long as they continue by visiting https://aransaspasstx.gov/385/Updates-from-Mayor-Ram-Gomez. Should our […]

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RapidSOS – New Technology in the Coastal Bend

Aransas Pass Public Safety Receives Life-Saving Emergency Data via the RapidSOS Clearinghouse — FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Aransas Pass Police Department/Public Safety, 3-5-2020 – The Aransas Pass Police Department PSAP is now receiving accurate device location data for 9-1-1 calls from iPhones with iOS 12+ and Android phones version 4.0+, as well as additional emergency data […]

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Moratorium on Certain Animal Services

As a result of a recent animal abuse investigation and severe overcrowding inside the Aransas Pass Animal Shelter, I have implemented a moratorium on picking up new animals for introduction into our animal shelter facility. Animal control officers will not house stray, loose, or trapped animals until this moratorium is lifted. We ask the public […]

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Surprise! Boy was it…

So today, I had an honoring ceremony to attend for an amazing friend of mine, Bill Denton. I picked my wife up from her work and we drove to the Aransas Pass Civic Center. We walked in the back door and as is my normal fashion, I announced, “All rise!” For some reason, I always […]

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Texas Two-Step, APPD Style

We’ve deployed a new tool to help us help motorists with traffic enforcement avoid getting caught up in traffic enforcement. Think of our mobile radar trailer as another warning, aside from TxDOT’s or the City’s posted speed limits signage. APPD Step #1 Follow the speed limit signage erected by TxDOT or the City. These speed […]

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Open Letter from the Chief

Good afternoon, Aransas Pass. There isn’t a day that goes by without us receiving a complaint, or two, or three or more on this female, Debra Carter. In fact, Ms. Carter has worn out her welcome at just about every business in town because businesses report she is rude and foul-mouthed toward staff and customers, […]

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We All Make Mistakes

We all make mistakes, and some make more than others. It isn’t about the mistakes we make in life, but rather, it’s how we recover from those mistakes and move ahead in life. Much of what we share online revolves around the mistakes of others. For example, let’s consider our recent arrests publications. Each month […]

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Use of Force Annual Review

Each year my Patrol Captain evaluates all instances of when we respond to resistance or aggression by using force. We do not take lightly the need to use force and we constantly evaluate each use of force event when it takes place to make sure policy, best practice, and smart policing are utilized. Additionally, just […]

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A Hero’s Journey

A Hero’s Journey – Here at APPD, our officers are some of the best heroes around! In fact, some of our officers go above and beyond, choosing to serve both locally, nationally, and even internationally! We are proud to announce that our very own Corporal Baker, who is also a Sergeant in the Army National […]

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Sadly, Most will Say & Do NOTHING…

Now that the City is wrapping up hurricane Harvey debris removal, some will return to discarding their trash on the flats. Sadly, most who observe littering do nothing about it, according to our litter experiment. One’s silence is one’s complicity. Please, do your part; speak up! Call us at 361-758-5224 or dial 911. Want to […]

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School’s Back in Session, 8/28/2017

With the start of a new school year just days away, it’s a great time to discuss school safety. As observed every new school year, many become overwhelmed or stressed from trying to get everything ready for the first day/week of school. It’s best to plan your daily start early, and be mindful of our […]

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Biased, Racially-Based Policing

Race relations remain a hot topic across our nation. In keeping with transparency and progressiveness, I share with you how we strive to assure that our enforcement efforts remain above-board and professional. Our mission, “Elite, professional policing through protection, service, and education for those whom have empowered and entrusted us with their safety, preservation of […]

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Message from the Chief – Officer Complaint

Message from the Chief – Officer Complaint – On Thursday, January 19th, 2017, Ofc. Darrell Harvill stopped a motorist for speeding on Harrison Blvd. The female pulled over and was cited for her speed. During the stop, warrants were discovered on the female for unpaid traffic tickets. The female was arrested and taken to jail. […]

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