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Do your research and vote

Doug Griffith, HPOU President on 10.7.21

HPOU elections will begin Thursday, October 7th at noon and run until Friday, October 22nd at noon.  I will take it that people do read my Badge and Gun articles as the last one about leadership and getting involved must have struck a chord with some.  In this election we have more contested seats thanRead more

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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

Scholarship recipients

Editorial Staff on 09.2.21

Dear Ms. Williams, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the scholarship committee for selecting me as a recipient of the 2021 Houston Police Officers’ Union Scholarship Award. As an honored recipient, this award will help reduce the cost of tuition and fees, and allow me to support various academic and volunteer activitiesRead more

With gratitude from members…

Editorial Staff on 09.2.21

HPOU, Thank you so much for the beautiful plant, and kind words during the loss of my father.  I’m very thankful. Sincerely, T.L. McKnight   HPOU Staff, Thank you very much for sending the beautiful flower arrangement to my father’s funeral service.  I fully appreciated you doing this – the Robert “Bob” Gray Family. CraigRead more

With gratitude from members…

Editorial Staff on 08.5.21

Dear HPOU, Our heartfelt thank you for the lovely Croton plant you sent in memory of retired Sergeant Joel Welshons.  Your thoughtfulness was greatly appreciated. With warmest regards, Debbie Welshons and Family   Thank you for the beautiful plant for Morris Shofner. Brenda Elliott   Thank you so much for the beautiful plant.  We areRead more

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Randall Johnson named HPOU’s Patrol Officer of the Month

Tom Kennedy, Editor on 10.7.21

Astuteness on the beat and the most basic policing instincts spelled success for Officer Randal Johnson, HPOU’s October Patrol Officer of the Month. Johnson’s work corralled the suspect in a knifing incident June 9 at the Sago Palms Apartments. HPD got a report of a cutting that the initial officers on the scene found toRead more

HPOU selects Reid and Barker Investigators of the Month

Tom Kennedy, Editor on 10.7.21

The Houston Police Officers Union named Officers Shawn Reid and Adam Barker as the Investigators of the Month in the Oct. 7 general membership meeting. The investigation that resulted in this recognition began Jan. 24 when the two were assigned to deal with a Street Takeover Mob gathered at the intersection of Enclave Parkway andRead more

McCain named Patrol Officer of Month for life saving action

Tom Kennedy, Editor on 09.2.21

The Houston Police Officers Union presented Patrol Officer of the Month honors to Officer Christopher McCain in the September general membership meeting. McCain works Kingwood Patrol. On July 5, Kingwood Patrol Officers McCain and Samuel Cleveland were dispatched to a disturbance located at 200 Northpines Dr. The location was an apartment complex, where the officersRead more

HPOU names Detective Gardiner Investigator of the Month

Tom Kennedy, Editor on 09.2.21

The Union presented Crystal Gardiner with this month’s Investigator of the Month honors at the Sept. 2 general membership meeting. Here’s a recap of her award-winning work: On Jan. 14, Detective Gardiner, while on her assigned duty as an investigator for the Cyber and Financial Crimes Division, received a case for follow-up. It involved anRead more

Obituaries: Read All

October

Editorial Staff on 10.7.21

ADAMS, MRS. NOBLE Mrs. Nobie J. Adams passed away on Wednesday, September 8, 2021, at the age of 66. She is the mother of Lieutenant J’Marcus C. Adams, assigned to the Internal Affairs Division. Services were held September 18  with burial in Cuero. BEREGSZASZY, LASZLO J. Deputy Administrator Laszlo J. Beregszaszy passed away on Wednesday,Read more

September

Editorial Staff on 09.2.21

ADAMS Retired Sergeant Richard L. Adams passed away on Friday, July 30, 2021, at the age of 73. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Sharon Adams. He joined the Houston Police Department on February 2, 1970, Academy Class No. 43. During his tenure with the department, he was assigned to the Central, Jail, Southwest,Read more

President's Message

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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Message from HPOU President

Members,

As President of the organization, I get all the negative feedback from members regarding ever aspect of the department as well as the HPOU.  I often get frustrated when people come in and make comments without knowing what we really do here.  I recently had an officer come in and ask exactly what his dues go for every month?  Believe it or not, I appreciate people coming in and asking questions, and actually take an interest in what the organization does for them. I could tell he was frustrated, and this interaction give me the opportunity to show what we actually do (and brag a little). We spoke for almost an hour, and I believe that he was satisfied with what I had to say and felt more comfortable when he left.  But our conversation made me realize that we do not do a ver

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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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