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It’s a New Year and there’s new events on your calendar!

Tom Kennedy, Editor on 01.6.22

THROUGHOUT THE LAST THREE MONTHS OF THE “OLD YEAR” we would often hear of events or tasks that will take place “after the first of the year.” Now the time has come to put many of those items on your “to-do list.” The first is the Assist the Officer’s annual Heroes’ Gala set for MarchRead more

Thank Yous: Read All

With gratitude from members…

Editorial Staff on 01.6.22

Houston Police Officers’ Union Board of Directors, The kindness you have shown will always be remembered. Thank you all for the prayers & beautiful spread of flowers! Blessings, The Gumkes, R.R.   Dear HPOU, Thank you so much for the beautiful plant for my mother’s funeral.  We do appreciate you thoughtfulness. The Spires Family  Read more

With gratitude from members…

Editorial Staff on 12.2.21

During a time like this we learn how much our friends and family really mean to us. Your expression of sympathy will always be remembered. The Hibert Family   Houston Police Officers’ Union, Thank you for the beautiful flowers.  We appreciate your thoughtfulness and support. Sincerely, Riojas Family   The family of Kenneth R. Motley,Read more

With gratitude from members…

Editorial Staff on 11.4.21

Dear HPOU Family – Thank you all for the beautiful house plant.  My mom would have loved it!  We appreciate the thoughtfulness. Words will never be enough to express my family’s gratitude for the love and support along the way for my family.  You all are a very special group of individuals.  We love andRead more

With gratitude from members…

Editorial Staff on 10.7.21

Thank you HPOU for the nice peace Lilly. -Rushing The White Lily floral arrangement was beautiful — thank you. Perales FamilyRead more

Awards and Honors: Read All

Detective Lena Hicks named HPOU Investigator of the Month

Tom Kennedy, Editor on 01.6.22

The HPOU honored Detective Lena Hicks as Investigator of the Month in the January general membership meeting for her work identifying and charging a male sex predator with two felonies. Detective Hicks was assigned an attempted Aggravated Kidnapping of a 12-year-old juvenile female that occurred at Memorial Park. The juvenile complainant was jogging was joggingRead more

Officer Carlos Santana named HPOU Patrol Officer of the Month

Tom Kennedy, Editor on 01.6.22

The Union named Midwest Patrol Officer Carlos Santana as its Patrol Officer of the Month in the January general membership meeting for Santana’s quick and effective response to a shooting incident. Officer Carlos Santana riding 18F43k was dispatched to a shooting just occurred call at 5:30 a.m. Feb. 28 at the location of 6623 HarwinRead more

HPOU honors Detective Garcia as Investigator of the Month

Tom Kennedy, Editor on 12.2.21

The Houston Police Officers Union announced the Union’s Investigator of the Month honor to Detective Ramon Garcia for his work in a September kidnap, robbery and sexual assault case. On Sept. 29, a jogger in Memorial Park was kidnapped while training for a marathon in Memorial Park when the male suspect grabbed her from behindRead more

HPOU names Jordan Patton Patrol Officer of the Month

Tom Kennedy, Editor on 12.2.21

The Union selected Officer Jordan Patton as its December Patrol Officer of the Month in its general membership meeting on Dec. 2. On Sept. 5, Officer Patton, while patrolling Bissonnet Street, observed complainant KR, walking along the sidewalk wearing a tight mini dress which revealed her breasts – a violation of the City of HoustonRead more

Obituaries: Read All

January

Editorial Staff on 01.6.22

ANDERSON, OFFICER CHARLES E. (RETIRED) Retired Firearms Examiner Charles E. Anderson Sr. passed away on Wednesday, December 15, 2021, at the age of 92. He is survived by his wife Mrs. Sharon L. Anderson. Officer Anderson joined the Houston Police Department on December 29, 1962, Academy Class No. BC1. During his tenure with the department,Read more

December

Editorial Staff on 12.2.21

BISHOP, OFFICER MARION A. ‘MA’ (RETIRED) Retired Police Officer Marion A. “Ma” Bishop passed away on Sunday, November 7, 2021, at the age of 82. Officer Bishop joined the Houston Police Department on December 28, 1959, Academy Class No. 23. During his career with the department, he was assigned to the Traffic Point Control Division,Read more

President's Message

Happy New Year – a year HPD begins with short staffs on the streets

Going into the new year, we always get excited and look forward to starting out fresh and getting things “in order”.  This year was no different as we rang in the new year trying to stay positive.  It can often be hard to look forward to a new year when we have so many big issues that we are facing as an organization.

First and foremost are the staffing issues that we are seeing at every station across the city.  I worked New Years eve at Southeast and roll call consisted of about six people for early side and another six for late side for two districts.  We were non-stop the entire night!

Our manpower issues are being exacerbated by the current Covid is spike. We had over 420 officers out as of New Year’s Day which is leading to dangerous situations on the streets. We must

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You may be asking: What is involved in Contract Negotiations?

Every time we work on a contract, we do a survey of what people would like to see in the contract.  In the last survey in 2020 we only had 51 members who responded, and it was obvious that most were supervisors. Since that survey, I have received about 40 more emails regarding the writers’ “wish list” for the contract. Overwhelmingly, pay was on the top of the list for items in the contract. Second was more time off.

We are only in our second meeting over the contract and are bound by a confidentiality agreement. So discussing issues is prohibited.  But I wanted everyone to know how the process works as many do not understand the intricacies of Meet and Confer.

Being in a right-to-work state, it is a process that seems to work better than collective bargaining.  In northern

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Changes in the IAD interview process and other important information every HPOU member needs to keep at hand

I have heard many people say that there are issues with the IAD process and oral interviews. Most are not aware that the ability to conduct oral interviews is in Chapter 143 of the Local Government code and has been in our contract since the first one in 1998.

Acevedo was the first chief to use the interview technique which he brought with him from Austin. We spoke with Chief Finner several times regarding the issues with the oral interviews and their effects on the morale of the department.  He met with us and agreed that not all cases should be oral interviews, and immediately changed the policy.

Now, oral interviews will be reserved for serious infractions that could be considered criminal, such as use of force or anything sexual in nature. This all being said, I believe it is im

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As the deadline looms, there are still no answers from the city

We have been working very hard on the latest “mandate” from the mayor.  The very first time we heard about the mayor wanting to have vaccine mandates was during a weekly City Council meeting when he stated that he was looking into all city employees get vaccinated.  We immediately began to research if this was legal, and what we could do to prevent it.  Our attorneys reached out to the Labor Relations Institute and found that there was case law and actual Supreme Court rulings on this, though the Supreme Court case was 1905.  I believed that there must be other case law out that would prevent this from taking place.  We do have constitutional rights, right?

I know we have all paid very close attention to the Methodist Employee case.  The ruling from the court was that they can

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Interested in being a leader?

Leadership is a word tossed around by many to label the head of an organization.  But what is a real leader?  Is it a chief of police, is it the commander at the station, or is it the hard worker on your shift?

There are plenty of supervisors out there who think they are “leaders.” But let’s be honest, not every supervisor is a leader.  You can teach anyone to be a supervisor, but you cannot teach leadership.

Can you teach aspects of leadership?  Certainly. But we must also understand that there are certain aspects of leadership that cannot be taught or learned from a book.  Leadership is a calling, a feeling, a burning from inside that makes you want to do what you do.

True leaders will find a way to make things work in the worst of situations and a way that makes ever

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