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New year, new Badge and Gun

Shannon Barker, Director on 01.9.23

As we head into the New Year there are going to be some changes to the Badge and Gun online publication. Ultimately, the changes are aimed at increasing readers and participation amongst the members. Starting in this publication, two payroll numbers will be hidden, they could be anywhere in the publication such as an articleRead more

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2023 ATO Heroes’ Gala, 3/25

Gabriela Gregory, ATO Secretary on 01.9.23

Write for the Badge & Gun

Editorial Staff on 01.9.23

2023 HPOU swear-in

Editorial Staff on 01.9.23

2023 HPOU Scholarship announcement

Shannon Barker, Director on 01.9.23

3-Day Suspension Reduced to Written Reprimand

Aaron Suder, General Counsel, HPOU on 01.9.23

Thoughts on the HPD Disciplinary System

Aaron Suder, General Counsel, HPOU on 01.9.23

Are you covered for home accidents?

Blake Ellisor, Testimonial on 01.9.23

Blue Santa program still thriving

Tom Kennedy, Editor on 12.6.22

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With gratitude from members…

Editorial Staff on 01.9.23

HPOU, Thank you, so much for the beautiful plant.  Your thoughtfulness is a gift to be treasured. In Christ love always, Cyndi   Dear Houston Police Officers’ Union, Thank you very much for sending the beautiful Peace Lily to our dad’s funeral service.  Your thoughts and prayers are deeply appreciated.  Thanks also to the honorRead more

With gratitude from members…

Editorial Staff on 12.6.22

To HPOU, Thank you for the beautiful flowers and your thoughtfulness during this difficult time. God Bless – Johnson FamilyRead more

With gratitude from members…

Editorial Staff on 11.7.22

Thank you for your kind card with expressions of sympathy as well as for your prayers in our time of bereavement.  We are at peace knowing that Bruce had been sovereignly granted by God the Father, in and through Christ Jesus, our Lord and Savior, eternal Life in Heaven – by grace He was savedRead more

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HPOU selects Detective Garcia Investigator of the Month

Tom Kennedy, Editor on 12.6.22

The Houston Police Officers Union selected Robbery Detective Dane Garcia as its Investigator of the Month in the Dec. 1 general membership meeting. Robbery Sgt. Ben LeBlanc detailed Garcia’s work leading to the arrest of two taco truck robbers.. Between Aug. 9 and 21, 13 aggravated robberies of taco trucks occurred within the city limitsRead more

Bond recognized as Patrol Officer of the Month

Tom Kennedy, Editor on 11.7.22

HPOU named Officer J. Bond as the Patrol Officer of the Month at the Nov. 3 general membership meeting. HPOU 3rd Vice President Terry Seagler said that the Clear Lake Patrol officer was dispatched to an in-progress metal theft along the Gulf Freeway. A witness had observed two suspects cutting copper wiring and sparks wereRead more

Union names Blackmon Investigator of the Month

Tom Kennedy, Editor on 11.7.22

The Union presented Detective R. Blackmon with its Investigator of the Month honor at the Nov. 3 general membership meeting. HPOU 3rd Vice President Terry Seagler made the presentation and gave the following synopsis of Blackmon’s work. Recently, Blackmon, assigned to the Special Victims Division, was following up on a case of a found child.Read more

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January

Editorial Staff on 01.9.23

Adler, Gary L. (RETIRED) Retired Senior Police Officer Gary L. Adler passed away on Wednesday, December 14, 2022, at the age of 76. He is preceded in death by his wife, Mrs. Alice Adler. Officer Adler began his law enforcement career on November 10, 1976 with the City of Houston Airport Police Department. On NovemberRead more

Sam Woolf

Beth Woolf, Sister on 01.9.23

Sam Woolf November 5, 1956 – December 23, 2022 Houston SWAT Team Officer, World Traveler, and Adventurer.  Sailor and Skier.  Sea Scout and Boy Scout.  Loved Dogs, Running, Marksmanship, and Loved Luncheons with his Brothers in Blue.   How do you define a life of love and adventure and the methods to get there?  DramaticRead more

President's Message

Thank each of you for your hard work

I want to first take the time to thank each of you for the hard work and dedication you show to this city.  The members of the Houston Police Department are the best in the nation, and I am proud that you entrust our HPOU team to lead you into the new year.  Welcome to the new board of directors as we get to work on setting some long-term goals for the HPOU. One of my personal goals for this year is to work with the department and other groups to bring more tactical training to our members. With attacks on law enforcement on the rise, it is important that we be prepared.

We must remember that the future of this city is very dependent upon people who will step up to face the challenges of the department. Like all major cities, we are having issues with hiring, retention, manpower alloc

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Our woke is broke

I have been blessed to be in this department as long as I have been.  Over the years we have had events and situations that cause the department to react thus leading to new general orders, and new in-service classes. Over the last few years there has been a constant attack on law enforcement for more “transparency” within the eyes of the public.  Sadly, the public does not truly want transparency as policing is ugly and they can no longer stomach what we have to do to keep the citizens of this city safe.

The reality is that there is no way to fight a criminal and it look good. When in the middle of a true fight, you do whatever it takes to win that fight.  No officer goes into the public just beating on people or looking for anyone to shoot, but if you watch the media, it appear

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Fighting the good fight, just not in public.

I have been the president for almost two years now and often hear people complain that the Union doesn’t fight for the membership.  One member even stated that we are not “militant” enough.

We fight for our members daily, but I can understand why some would believe otherwise, because I fight most battles behind closed doors.  I do not feel that it benefits the organization, or the membership to battle in the public eye.

Don’t get me wrong, there are times when we are pushed to the point that we have to take it public.  This was evident during the press conference we held for the Northeast officers and Sergeant, that Acevedo wrongfully fired.  We made that a very public fight, even to the point that I was called into Acevedo’s office over my comments about his missing PR

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