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ATO Gala & Award Winners Announced

Shannon Barker, Editor on 02.5.24

The 4th Annual Assist the Officer Gala will be held on Saturday, March 23, 2024, at the Ballroom at the Bayou Place located at 500 Texas Street in Houston, Texas from 6pm to 11pm. The event will feature awards, surprises, dinner, cocktails, live music, and dancing. This is a great event put on by AssistRead more

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2024 PAC Endorsements

HPOU PAC on 02.19.24

Officer Morrison Benefit Recap

Shannon Barker, Editor on 02.5.24

Robert A. (Bob) Armbruster Retires from HPOU

Shannon Barker, Editor on 02.5.24

Meet Waffles!

BARC on 02.5.24

COH Open Enrollment

Yvonna Lex, FRBT on 02.5.24

HPOPS Special Election

HPOPS on 02.5.24

February 2024 Training Schedule

Editorial Staff on 02.5.24

HPOU Treats Members to Houston Ballet Nutcracker

Shannon Barker, Editor on 02.5.24

It’s American Heart Health Month

George Adesina, MD, MSPH, FACC on 02.5.24

2024 HPOU Scholarship

Editorial Staff on 02.1.24

Thank Yous: Read All

With gratitude from members…

Editorial Staff on 02.1.24

Thank you for the plant you sent, we appreciate your kindness. Sincerely, The Family of Ernestine HernRead more

With gratitude from members…

Editorial Staff on 01.8.24

HPOU, Thank you for the beautiful floral arrangement for my dad’s services.  Thank you also to the many who offered condolences and prayers to our family. Sincerely, Norm Glover (The Family of Owen Glover)Read more

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Driving School Instructor Investigation

Editorial Staff on 02.5.24

In October 2023, Detective King was assigned a case where a 17 YOA complainant alleged that her driving school instructor sexually assaulted her during her driving lesson. After extensive research and interviewing the complainant Detective King believed the suspect had used his title and authority to take advantage of other young vulnerable victims. Detective KingRead more

Taking Initiative

Editorial Staff on 02.5.24

On January 24, 2024, Officer C. Carlson was dispatched to a Meet Firefighter/Urgent call for service. It was determined a small fire had started inside of a condominium, but thankfully HFD was able to extinguish it before other neighboring units were damaged. This call evolved into a burglary of a habitation investigation when the resident’sRead more

Officers Whittemore & Wright Responded to a Welfare Check

Editorial Staff on 01.8.24

On Dec 4, 2023, Officer Whittemore and Wright responded to a welfare check/CIT at a residence that showed some severe signs of disturbing and extremely unhealthy living conditions. There was a suicide note that had been left outside the residence, but a check of the residence showed that the consumer was not at the location.Read more

Victim of a Gypsy Confidence Scam

Editorial Staff on 01.8.24

An elderly citizen in Westside had been the victim of a Gypsy confidence scam in which a safe was taken during a distraction theft resulting in $174,000 in jewelry and money being stolen. Officer Sebastian only had pictures of 3 unknown suspects and a vehicle description from surveillance footage to go on. Officer Sebastian reviewedRead more

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Homicide Alumni Lunch 2024

on 02.5.24

None of the advertisements in the Badge & Gun are to be considered as an endorsement by the HPOU.  Homicide Alumni Lunch 2024 April 11 – Lunch/Get-Together! See below for the annual lunch/get-together for Homicide personnel, retirees, friends, family, and associates. When: Thursday, April 11, 2024 11:30 a.m. to ?? p.m. (after the HPROA meeting)Read more

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Feburary

Editorial Staff on 02.5.24

Armand, Herbert D. Retired Police Officer Herbert D. Armand passed away on Monday, January 29, 2024, at the age of 81. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Bernadette M. Armand. He joined the Houston Police Department on November 12, 1963, Academy Class #29. During his tenure with the department, he was assigned to theRead more

January

Editorial Staff on 01.8.24

Bascom , Jane A. Mrs. Jane A. Bascom passed away on Thursday, December 28, 2023, at the age of 86. She is the mother of Lieutenant Christopher C. Bascom, assigned to the Recruiting Division. No Funeral Services are planned at this time. Bollier, Nancy Mrs. Nancy Bollier passed away on Monday, December 18, 2023, atRead more

President's Message

Arrive Alive!

Editor’s Note: Originally published on September 15, 2023.  Republished February 16, 2024.

Arrive alive! How many times have we heard this over our career?  From the early days in the academy, we have heard our trainers say that we can’t help if we don’t get there. We have always taken the stance that we want our officers to arrive safely on every scene.  I remember very vividly running an assist the officer call on London Street in Southeast.  As I slowed to make the turn, one of my classmates hit me from behind sending me into a ditch.  We were two blocks from the assist.  Luckily no one was hurt, other than my classmate’s pride, and another unit made it to the officer in need and quickly handled business at the assist.

That was a very clear lesson that we both

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The future and the past

Again, the HPOU was front and center in the elections of the Mayor and City Council.  All but three of those we endorsed were winners.  The three that we did not support are prior friends of the HPOU and understood why they were not selected and will continue to be good friends of the organization in the future.  In fact, we have already met with them and had a very good conversation and look forward to working with them.

It was a great day for Houston when former Senator, now Mayor Whitmire was elected by a large margin to run this city.  We look forward to working with him over the next four to eight years to improve the department, and the city. We all know that there are issues within the department including the recruiting and retention of good officers.  I look forward to wor

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