Residents attending Kingwood’s monthly Positive Interaction Program (PIP) meeting were introduced to Capt. Matthew May, the new man in charge of the Houston Police Department- Kingwood Division, during their Sept. 17 meeting at Kingwood Church of Christ. “I’ve been here for about a month now and it took me a little while to figure out where the station was and trying to find out where all the restaurants are,” said a grinning May. “But seriously, you have a beautiful community out here.” “I’ve been with the department for 18 years and worked Central Patrol and Westside Patrol as an officer,” he said. “As a sergeant, I worked South Central, Homicide Division and Chiefs Command. I was assigned to special operations and worked there four years before I was promoted and came out here to this assignment.” PIP attendees had a wide range of questions for May regarding Kingwood safety concerns, including the current feral hog problem. From a police department perspective, he explained what HPD can and cannot do about the situation. “HPD is not geared for dealing with large animals like that,” he said. “At times we have worked on a special basis, like with escaped cattle on the freeway or the recovery of horses or things of that nature but typically we have to call in one of the Harris County units that specialize in large animals and things like that. This is a rather unique situation. These hogs are an invasive species and are affecting the entire southeast Texas area. It is not something that HPD has an answer for right now. My phone has been burning up but at this time there is not much we can do.” May used the example of how the HPD deals with dogs to help clarify how police policy works. “If a dog threatens or attacks you, we can shoot the dog. However, if it is a nuisance dog in your yard and is not threatening you, we can’t shoot it.” Another question put to May regarded traffic congestion in school areas, especially on Kingwood Drive in the mornings. He said that there was a traffic control plan in the works. “We are going to present it to the school first and see if they are on board with it. If everyone is on board we will do a massive campaign to get the public to buy into it and at that point we will be able to implement it” he said. May went on say that the plan and those that may follow at other congested areas is not going to completely resolve Kingwood Drive and other road problems but it may improve current traffic congestion. PIP is open to the public and held every third Tuesday of each month at the Kingwood Church of Christ (2901 Woodland Hills Drive) at 7 p.m. Cutline: Matthew May was recently promoted to captain of HPD’s Kingwood Division.

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