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Welcome to normalcy! Well, closer to it, anyway.

Tom Kennedy, Editor on 04.1.21

Welcome back to the first “open” HPOU general membership meeting in at least a year – the COVID-19 year of infamy. The fajitas were once again served in the Breck Porter meeting hall on the first Thursday in April of 2021. Normally that wouldn’t be any big deal but after the Year of the MaskRead more

Thank Yous: Read All

With gratitude from members…

Editorial Staff on 04.1.21

The Houston Police Officers’ Union, Words cannot express how thankful our family is for remembering us during this time.  The beautiful flowers brought each of us comfort.  We are truly blessed by your thoughtfulness. Helen Hammer & Family   Houston Police Officers’ Union, Thank you for the beautiful plant sent to Arthur Price’s funeral.  ArthurRead more

With gratitude from members…

Editorial Staff on 03.4.21

The family of Florence Bratton (Grandma of Officer Ty Bratton and mom & mom/law to Retired Officers Terry & Melanie Bratton) all very grateful for the beautiful floral arrangement.  Thank you for honoring her death by your thoughtful gift. Sincerely, Bratton Family   Thank you so much for the lovely arrangement you sent for ourRead more

With gratitude from members…

Editorial Staff on 02.3.21

We want to thank you for your beautiful peace lily in your expression of sympathy.  From the family of Gary Loafman. (Jeffrey Michaels) Dad   Thank you for your kindness & the beautiful plant. Sam Piccolo   Dear Ladies and Gentlemen of the Houston Police Officers’ Union, My family and I want to thank youRead more

With gratitude from members…

Editorial Staff on 01.8.21

Dear HPOU, Thank you so much for the plant you sent following my daughter Erin’s passing.  Your expression of sympathy is truly appreciated. -Glenn Riddle   Dear HPOU, Thank you so much for the beautiful croton plant you sent to R.D.’s memorial service.  The HPOA/HPOU held a special place in his heart and he lovedRead more

Awards and Honors: Read All

HPOU recognizes Officer Joe Escamilla as Patrol Officer of the Month for April

Tom Kennedy, Editor on 04.1.21

In the first general membership meeting in more than a year, the Houston Police Officers Union announced the selection of Officer Joe Escamilla as Patrol Officer of the Month. The date of meeting was April 1. The citation detailed Officer Escamilla’s actions Dec. 6 when he observed a suspect recklessly driving in a white DodgeRead more

April Investigator of the Month is Officer Amber Khan

Tom Kennedy, Editor on 04.1.21

The resumption of HPOU’s in-person general membership meetings on April 1 saw the presentation of Investigator of the Month honors to Officer Amber Khan. Officer Khan was brought in to assist in an investigation of a suspect in multiple fentanyl overdose deaths on the northwest side. Khan was able to contact the suspect via socialRead more

Erika Camacho and Rene Delgado honored as Officers of the Month

Tom Kennedy, Editor on 03.4.21

Officers Erika Camacho and Rene Delgado earned HPOU Officers of the Month honors for their work responding to an early-morning Jan. 11 aggravated carjacking in the 7800 block of the South Sam Houston Parkway. The two officers got the call about 12:45 a.m. with the dispatcher instructing them that the suspect in the Robbery inRead more

HPOU Investigators of the Month are Ragsdale and Graf

Tom Kennedy, Editor on 03.4.21

During the early morning hours of last March 13, Northeast Patrol units were dispatched to a Code 2 Shooting/Just Occurred at 7300 Schuller Road. The only evidence at the scene were three spent casings, bags of clothes and a puddle of blood next to a wooden fence. Two witnesses said they heard several people inRead more

Obituaries: Read All

April

Editorial Staff on 04.1.21

BACON Mr. Gregory Bacon passed away on Monday, March 8, 2021, at the age of 61.  He is the brother of Senior Office Assistant Sheryl Bacon, assigned to the Internal Affairs Division. Services were held March 20. BAKER Mrs. Anna Baker passed away on Friday, February 19, 2021, at the age of 82. She isRead more

March

Editorial Staff on 03.4.21

ALLEN Mr. Harold L. Allen passed away on Thursday, January 28, 2021, at the age of 93. He is the father of Sergeant Jennifer L. Allen, assigned to the Auto Theft Division. Services were held January 31 in Mexia. BALL Mrs. Willie D. Ball passed away on Saturday, January 23, 2021, at the age ofRead more

President's Message

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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New Year has new challenges, including PAC support, legislation

Happy New Year!

We can all agree that 2020 was a very stressful year. It all started with COVID 19, a virus that drastically changed all our lives. The political climate was high, as riots broke out, police reform was put at the forefront, and we sadly lost many of our brothers.

But as bad as it was, the rank and file of the Houston Police Department proved again why we are the best police department in the nation. Just like Hurricane Harvey, every officer went to work and did everything possible to keep the City of Houston from burning like other cities. We stayed Houston Strong!

The restraint and professionalism our officers demonstrated was very impressive. I received calls from other police unions around the nation praising our department for how we performed under pressure. I

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Thank you, Joe! Here’s to looking back and moving forward

Looking back over my time with the Union it is evident that I have worked with some really great leaders. As an HPOU board member, I had the good fortune to work with Gary Blankinship and J. J. Berry, who were class guys and taught me a lot about what a union should be and how it should function.

After taking J. J.’s place as 1st vice president in 2012, I had the honor of working with Ray Hunt and Joe Gamaldi, both of whom have been exceptional leaders for our great organization, and individuals that I am proud to call friends.

As most of you know, Joe worked very hard and burned a lot of time to prepare for the sergeant’s exam. In what should not be a surprise to anyone that he ended up number one on the list.

I am so very proud of his hard work and dedication to t

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