Houston police held a ceremony back on Friday, May 8 to recognize the sergeant who was instrumental in solving the murder of the department’s first Hispanic female, Officer Velia “Belle” Ortega.
Sergeant Paul Ogden also found himself recognized for his efforts at the Top Cop Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C. last week. The honors didn’t stop there. Back at home Ogden was also celebrated by the Eastside Division officers.
Sergeant Ogden spent countless hours piecing together a partial license plate number in order to develop a lead. A respected authority on criminals in the area, Sergeant Ogden used his network of street informants to ultimately allow HPD to arrest three suspects and recover the murder weapon. He and several other Houston police officers donated their time and skills toward tracking down the killers of former Houston police officer Belle Ortega.
Belle Ortega, 78, was wheel chair bound when she was gunned down July 21, 2008 while sitting in her daughter’s apartment. Ortega was the first Hispanic woman in HPD when she joined the department in 1957. She spent 42 years with HPD, 33 of them as a police officer.
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