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HPOU goes extra mile to locate survivors of HPD’s fallen heroes, making the abbreviated Police Week activities something special

Tom Kennedy, Editor on 05.6.21

LEAVE IT TO THE HPOU TO MAKE SURE AN ABBREVIATED POLICE WEEK has a very special event designed to remember the fallen heroes of the Bayou City. Although there will be no high-profile kudos to HPD’s “police heroes” in special recognition ceremonies as in past years and even though the Washington, DC ceremonies on theRead more

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Truckin’ for a Cause – 7/17

Tom Kennedy, Editor on 07.1.21

Upcoming History: HPD’s female officers

M. D. Beale, Jr., Rt. HPD Sgt. on 07.1.21

Meet Ruth and Stassi

BARC on 07.1.21

Spiritual Healing Crusade – 7/1

Rhonda Williams, HPOU Director on 07.1.21

What is Courage?

Barbara A. Schwartz on 07.1.21

Texas Axe Throwing Tournament wrap-up!

Tom Kennedy, Editor on 07.1.21

Support ATO with daily purchases

Editorial Staff on 07.1.21

Events: Read All

Truckin’ for a Cause – 7/17

Tom Kennedy, Editor on 07.1.21

Spiritual Healing Crusade – 7/1

Rhonda Williams, HPOU Director on 07.1.21

Guns & Hoses – save the date

Editorial Staff on 07.1.21

Benefit for Michele Mushinski

Editorial Staff on 06.3.21

Rescheduled HPOU movie night

Editorial Staff on 06.3.21

Truckin’ for a Cause

Editorial Staff on 06.3.21

Hatches, Hoses, & Handcuffs

Editorial Staff on 06.3.21

Armor Express June promo

Editorial Staff on 06.3.21

From Assist the Officer Auto Shop

Assist the Officer on 05.6.21

Thank Yous: Read All

With gratitude from members…

Editorial Staff on 07.1.21

The Family of Herman Heath – Thank you all for the beautiful Peace Lilly plant and for all of the love and support you have shown to our family. God Bless and keep each of you, Barbara Heath & Family   Thank you for your condolences and flowers in the passing of our son LeonardRead more

Scholarship recipients

Editorial Staff on 06.3.21

Dear HPOU, Thank you very much for the scholarship.  It will help further my expenses at Concordia University. Thank you, Caylee SpangleRead more

With gratitude from members…

Editorial Staff on 06.3.21

To: The Houston Police Officers’ Union On behalf of our family, I want to thank you all for the lovely plant you sent for my husband’s memorial service.  Your kindness and condolences certainly comforted our family! Sincerely, Joyce Briley 2-15-21   To the Board and Members of the HPOU, Thank you for honoring Karen SampsonRead more

With gratitude from members…

Editorial Staff on 05.6.21

  Thank you for the beautiful plant and kind words. The Family of Retired Sgt. James Pavalock   Dear HPOU Family, I want to thank you for the beautiful plant and sweet support given to me and my family during the illness and home going of our precious husband, dad, and papa, Rick Sepolio. WordsRead more

Awards and Honors: Read All

Sgt. Holbrook and Detective Roscoe use witnesses, Few clues to find and arrest motiveless murder suspect

Tom Kennedy, Editor on 06.3.21

The HPOU presented Investigator of the Month honors to Sgt. Mark Holbrook and Detective Joseph Roscoe in its June general membership meeting. Here are the highlights of a detailed investigation that brought honor to the department and testified to the two officers’ investigative abilities. On Thursday, Dec. 3, Sgt. Holbrook and Detective Roscoe were assignedRead more

Chelminski arrests aggravated robbery suspects after prompt Investigation, earns HPOU’s June Patrol Officer of the Month

Tom Kennedy, Editor on 06.3.21

The Union honored Sebastian Chelminski as Patrol Officer of the Month for his successful work in connection with his response to an attempted aggravated robbery. The presentation came in the HPOU’s June general membership meeting. Officer Chelminski’s response found a complainant who had been pistol-whipped in the face by one suspect as a second suspectRead more

Officer Cimeni’s determination and professionalism results in charges against a suspect involved in a major shootout case

Tom Kennedy, Editor on 05.6.21

The HPOU presented Investigator of the Month honors to Officer Junilray Cimeni of the Major Assaults Unit Squad 5 in the Union’s May general membership meeting. Cimeni is known for constantly volunteering to work cases and assignments above and beyond the average case load. In this one particular incident, Officer Cimeni displayed his dedication andRead more

Officers Borak and Lopez honored for their relentless Pursuit of the sexual predator who victimized 10-year-old

Tom Kennedy, Editor on 05.6.21

The Houston Police Officers Union named Officers Shane Borak and Ignacio Lopez as its Patrol Officers of the Month in the May general membership meeting. The honor came based on the work of the two officers during a nighttime suspicious person call at about 10:15 p.m. on March 22 in the 8600 block of PitnerRead more

Obituaries: Read All

July

Editor Staff on 07.1.21

BANKS Mr. Cedric D. Banks passed away on Friday, June 4, 2021, at the age of 59. He is the father of Police Officer Karen R. Banks, assigned to the Northeast Division. Services were held June 11 with burial in Houston Memorial Gardens. BLOUNT Retired Police Officer Ralph E. Blount passed away on Tuesday, JuneRead more

June

Editorial Staff on 06.3.21

 BEASLEY Mrs. Francis P. Beasley passed away on Friday, May 14, 2021, at the age of 79. She is the mother of Senior Police Officer Donald Gene Sealy, Jr., assigned to the Employee Services Division/Honor Guard. Services were held May 20 with burial in Rosewood Memorial Park. BOOZIER Mr. Spencer N. Boozier passed away onRead more

President's Message

Attitudes toward officers makes proactive policing very difficult, yet we HPD officers have more support than officers in most big cities

I came onto the Houston Police Department in 1990 in class No. 142.  During my entire career I have been incredibly proud of the department and consider it one of the best police departments in the nation.

I can recall times when other departments would look to Houston and ask us to help train other departments.  We have led the nation with our innovative homeless outreach and mental health response teams (CIRT).  I have always considered myself a proactive officer being in the Gang Task Force, Divisional Gang Unit, and the Tact Team at Southeast.

I know firsthand that proactive policing is necessary to keep crime rates down and the community safe.  If it were not for great proactive patrol officers and line level Tac and Gang units, the City of Houston would have been crime ridd

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Let’s discuss professionalism, which now begins with the old adage: Watch your language

Members,

I’m sure that it is easy for those in Command to look at body camera videos and determine what you should be doing and saying in the streets, but we all know the realities of a high-stress scene.

Over the last few years, I have sat on the Administrative Discipline Committee fighting for officers over discipline recommendations. With the introduction of the Body Worn Camera systems there was a quick downturn on discipline cases as the cameras were somewhat of a shock to our system.

The department found that officers were much more professional when on camera. Over the years I have noticed that officers curse quite a bit on video, which has not been a problem when dealing with violent suspects.

As we all know, over the last year there has been a lot more scrutiny over

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A new HPD chapter begins with Chief Finner; meanwhile in Austin, we have battles to fight

It has been a very busy couple of weeks here at the HPOU. We, like most of you, were surprised at the announcement that Chief Acevedo was taking the chiefs job in Miami.

With the quick announcement came a lot of questions and speculation. I have spoken with Chief Acevedo and he told me that this was a move that he did not expect, but after being offered the job and speaking with his wife felt that it would be good for the family.

I want to thank Chief Acevedo for his dedication to the City of Houston and its citizens. I know we did not always agree on issues or decisions, but I have a lot of respect for him as an individual and how he was never afraid to address tough issues.

Now for the next chapter of the Houston Police Department under our new chief, Troy Finner.

I first met

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Whether wintertime snow or spring or summer hurricanes, the Union hall will be on task to help all Houston police officers

I hope everyone made it through “snow-pacalypse” 2021. I know many of you are dealing with damage caused by the winter storm that hit us last week and our prayers are with you.

We were truly blessed here at the HPOU as we try to stay prepared for emergency events. Sunday evening, I was working the GRB warming center when Bobby Kessler contacted me regarding the ability to open the Union hall to give officers a warm place to come during the cold weather.  We agreed to get as much food and snacks as possible before the stores closed.

Upon leaving the GRB, I immediately went to the Union and met with Bobby,who had obtained an entire truckload of supplies.  We then opened the Union hall and provided snacks and drinks the first night.

We continued to operate the Union around the

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Could this be the end of proactive policing?

Most of you know me and know that I have been a proactive officer my entire career. This is the first time I have ever felt that we could be seeing the death of proactive policing.

Like most of you, I was astounded by the indictment of Officer Gallegos for Murder relating to the Harding Street raid from Jan. 28, 2019. Make no mistake about it, this is nothing more than TV justice for this district attorney.

I find it a little odd that she would bring this charge three days before the time limit for the family to file a wrongful death lawsuit. I also find it suspect that the attorney for the family is the same attorney that DA Ogg hired to work on the Arkima case, which was another case she filed for political reasons – and lost!

As I stated in my press conference, Officer Galleg

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