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2024 Police Week

Shannon Barker, Editor on 06.10.24

The Houston Police Department celebrated Police Week from Monday, May 6, through Friday, May 10. The Houston Police Department honored those officers who have lost their life in the line of duty at its annual ceremony held on May 10, 2024. HPOU hosted those families of the fallen HPD officers for dinner at the UnionRead more

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2024 Endorsements

HPOU PAC on 06.14.24

June 2024 Training Schedule

Editorial Staff on 06.10.24

2024 HPOU Scholarship

Rhonda Williams, Education Committee on 06.10.24

Meet Lucia!

BARC on 06.10.24

Vice President of HPOU, SPO Ken Nealy

Shannon Barker, Editor on 06.10.24

7-Day Suspension for a Pursuit Completely Overturned

David “Dave” Thomas, HPOU Staff Attorney on 05.14.24

5-Day Suspension Reduced to Written Reprimand

David “Dave” Thomas, HPOU Staff Attorney on 05.14.24

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With gratitude from members…

Editorial Staff on 06.10.24

Dear Houston Police Officers’ Union & HPROA, Thank y’all so much for momma’s Schefflera plant and standing spray.  Warms our heart to know she is still remembered.  Dad, A.H. Pivonka, showed Houston proudly & momma & us proud being part of the HPD family. LaVerne Pivonka Family   Thank you so much for the plantRead more

With gratitude from members…

Editorial Staff on 05.6.24

The Houston Police Officers’ Union: Thank you so much for your kindness.  The spray was beautiful. Thank you for the police officers’ escorts from our church to the funeral home. We are greatly thankful! The Coronado & Wiggins Family   The you for the card and lovely note.  It was a great comfort to knowRead more

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Assault/In Progress Call

Editorial Staff on 06.10.24

On Friday, March 1, 2024, Officer Kang, and Probationary Officer Samaniego, were dispatched to an Assault/In Progress call on Leona St where a violent struggle was occurring in an apartment. Officers heard a female pleading for her life from a suspect who was assaulting her and throwing objects. Upon arrival, Officers announced their presence, observedRead more

Shooting at Whataburger

Editorial Staff on 06.10.24

On Saturday, March 2, 2024, Central Patrol responded to a Shooting call at a Whataburger. Two restaurant employees were shot at by two unknown suspects who were unhappy with their food order. The suspects pulled a gun out and began to shoot indiscriminately in the restaurant at a dining room full of customers and staff;Read more

Vehicle Pursuit

Editorial Staff on 05.6.24

Officers Garrett and Shaffer observed a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed and weaving in and out of traffic. They attempted to stop the vehicle; however, when the vehicle refused to stop a 10-minute pursuit ensued. A PIT maneuver ended the pursuit, and the suspect was taken into custody. The suspect was highRead more

Six Violent Robberies

Editorial Staff on 05.6.24

Detective Szkody led an investigation into a series of six violent robberies perpetrated by two suspects. These suspects terrorized innocent victims by carjacking them violently at gunpoint and inflicting vicious harm upon them. The suspects would ruthlessly remove valuables from their victims, leaving behind a trail of trauma and injuries. Detective Szkody sifted through vastRead more

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Roof Top Strobe Light

on 05.8.24

None of the advertisements in the Badge & Gun are to be considered as an endorsement by the HPOU.  ROOF TOP STROBE LIGHT 26 inch+ 63 Modes+ 12 Foot plug. Still like new. Selling for $175! Contact: Sonny @ 832-209-9227 Call or Text. Leave message if I miss your call.Read more

HPD Memorial Flags

on 05.6.24

None of the advertisements in the Badge & Gun are to be considered as an endorsement by the HPOU. Read more

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Editorial Staff on 06.10.24

Anderson, George H. (RETIRED) Retired Police Officer George H. Anderson passed away on Saturday, June 1, 2024, at the age of 82. He joined the Houston Police Department on December 28, 1962, Academy Class #27. During his tenure with the department, he was assigned to the Central and Northwest Divisions. Police Officer Anderson retired onRead more


Editorial Staff on 05.6.24

Brown, Shelia D. (RETIRED) Retired Senior Police Service Officer Shelia D. Brown passed away on Friday, April 12, 2024, at the age of 62. She joined the Houston Police Department on July 21, 1993, as a Senior Clerk. Throughout her whole career with the department, she was assigned to the Airport IAH Division, retiring onRead more

President's Message

Where do we go from here?

As most know, the HPOU has been very vocal over the last few months regarding the command staff and specifically the former Chief.  This all stemmed from the infamous SL code that most officers were not even aware of.  If you did not work investigations, then you more than likely had not heard of it.

I attended a City Council meeting towards the end of 2014 where a presentation was provided by then Chief McCleland regarding the status of a report completed by Justex. The 2014 report provided and overview of the manpower across the city and included information about investigating cases.  I do not recall the specifics regarding investigated cases in the report but that there will be a number of cases that will have to go unworked due to manpower.  However, I distinctly recall Ray Hun

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As the World Turns

The Houston Police Department has had more twists and turns on the SL Code scandal than a daytime soap opera.

Yesterday, the great SL code investigation was provided to the Administrative Discipline Committee as completed.  We soon found out that this investigation was promulgated on a discovery letter that was generated by an Executive Assistant Chief.  This letter details a meeting in which this Executive Assistant Chief “distinctly recalled a heightened concern” over the SL code being used in sexual assault cases.

There is only one small problem with this discovery letter.  The HPOU found that this Executive Assistant Chief was 233 miles away at a “Being First” retreat.  For those who do not know, Being First is the program that brought us ONE HPD.  It appears that th

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