In April the Houston Police Department (HPD) announced the Kingwood Police Station would be commanded by Lt. H. H. Conn. Since then, Conn has made a great effort in getting to know the community and learning of its police and community support needs.

On June 14, at the Kingwood Service Association (KSA) Public Safety meeting, HPD Officer James Pavlu of the Kingwood Bike Patrol made nearly the same announcement he had made just two months before: “Just so you know, you all met Capt. Conn. She got transferred. We have another captain, our third or fourth in six months. The new captain is Capt. Jacob Atkins. He is a lieutenant about to be promoted any day,” said Pavlu.

Officer D. P. Von Quintus explained that because of the short notice, Atkins was not able to be at the meeting that night but that he would be the guest speaker at the Positive Interaction Program Tuesday, June 20. There he planned to introduce himself to the community and start getting to know the residents. Von Quintus had no further information about Atkins.

For those residents who think the name Atkins sounds familiar, they are correct. He is the son of a former well-known, highly decorated Kingwood HPD officer, Lt. “Duke” Atkins. Capt. Jacob Atkins will command a station where his father served his last several years of a stellar 32-year career and who was honored in September 2016 at multiple retirement ceremonies, including one by Houston City Councilman Dave Martin. The new captain is likely to be very familiar with the Kingwood area and its unique needs, including bike patrols and the Lake Houston Lake Patrol.

In other business, the public information officer for the 911 Emergency Network, Sonya Clauson, provided a summary of reasons people are encouraged to sign up and complete the 911 Emergency Profile.

“The emergency profile is unique to you. You can have any information about yourself, your residence, any access issues about the home and about anyone you have who has special needs or special medication requirements, that kind of thing,” said Clauson.

Clauson encouraged everyone to go onto the 911 Emergency Profile and Emergency Alert pages to take full advantage of the benefits of 911. They can be accessed by visiting 911.org. When on the page, follow the instructions for registering and providing personal emergency information. Regarding any public access to one’s private information by others, Clausen said, “It is unique to you and it only appears at the time of a 911 call. That information is not shared with anyone other than a 911 call taker who gets your call.”

The next KSA Public Safety Committee meeting will be Wednesday, July 12 at 7 p.m., at the South Woodland Hills Community Room, 2038 Shadow Rock. The public is invited to attend.

Bruce Olson
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I have been married since 1970 to Kerry, my best friend and a great Australian woman. I served and survived Vietnam in the U.S. Air Force. I fought forest fires in the summer while in college, where I earned a B.A. in economics from Oklahoma State University and an M.B.A. from the University of Texas. I retired from Continental Airlines. I have a son and two granddaughters in Kingwood, and a daughter and two grandsons on a farm near Mazabuka, Zambia. I am now enjoying life as a grandfather, Tribune correspondent and Humble ISD guest teacher when not traveling to Zambia or Australia.