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The HPOU PAC endorses . . .

Tom Kennedy, Editor on 09.5.22

THE NOVEMBER GENERAL ELECTION IS JUST AROUND the corner. It’s September but that crucial Nov. 8 Election Day is worth early preparation. This means knowing the HPOU PAC’s endorsements now as opposed to later. The final list is ready for your review and memory bank, or you can PRINT HERE.   2022 Endorsements Governor:                                                       Read more

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Back the Blue event deemed huge success

Tom Kennedy, Editor on 09.5.22

Not just for kids: Adults need to get current immunizations, too

Melanie Mouzoon, MD, FAAP, FABM on 09.5.22

Classifieds are back!

Editorial Staff on 09.5.22

Ray Hunt: My special kudos to Officer Scott Mills

Ray Hunt, HPOU Executive Director on 09.5.22

HPD History: First female officer

Tom Kennedy, Editor on 09.5.22

Thank you, Forest Park Lawndale!

Tom Kennedy, Editor on 09.5.22

Special ceremony on National Policewoman Day

Tom Kennedy, Editor on 09.5.22

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Scholarship recipients

Editorial Staff on 09.5.22

Dear HPOU, Thank you so much for giving me this scholarship.  It’s going to help me out at college this year.  Thank you again for this opportunity! -Emma RulandRead more

With gratitude from members…

Editorial Staff on 09.5.22

HPOU, Thank you so much for the beautiful plant y’all sent upon the passing of my father.  Your sympathy and kind gesture meant a lot to me and my family. Love, D’Ana Kusak   The Houston Police Officers’ Union, Thank you for the flowers! The Sisters of Walter Rowe   Dear Friends at the HPOU,Read more

With gratitude from members…

Editorial Staff on 08.8.22

Thank you for the beautiful plant. The Barringer Family   HPOA – Retired Sgt. David B. Houston My sincere gratitude for your remembrance of Dave.  He thought law enforcement an honorable career and was proud to be part of HPD.  He especially loved interacting with the public while on patrol – the good and bad,Read more

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Officers Valero and Vasconi honored for rescuing kidnapped teen

Tom Kennedy, Editor on 09.5.22

On Aug. 21, North Belt Officers Daniel Valero and Michael Vasconi were dispatched to a missing persons call involving a juvenile female. They immediately began not only their own search but helped coordinate a comprehensive hunt involving FOX and the Missing Persons Unit. Their scene investigation and canvas of the area revealed that the youngRead more

HPOU honors Det. Nickerson for his work solving robberies in Houston’s Asian community

Tom Kennedy, Editor on 09.5.22

HPOU honored Det. Jharyde Nickerson as its Investigator of the month for September for his diligence in working with Houston’s Asian community to solve troublesome serial robberies. In July, Det.  Nickerson, son of Sgt. Cedric Nickerson of the DRT unit at South Gessner, was assigned a robbery investigation in the Westside area involving complainants whoRead more

Mirella Alanis named Investigator of the Month

Tom Kennedy, Editor on 08.8.22

Det. Mirella Alanis of Hit & Run was assigned a delayed FSRA fatality on June 3. Alanis began her investigation by calling the original witness and got no answer. She then went to the location of the incident, talked to witnesses, and determined the suspect was actually the complainant. One witness said that the deceasedRead more

HPOU names Adan Ayala Patrol Officer of the Month

Tom Kennedy, Editor on 08.8.22

The Houston Police Officers’ Union will be presenting Officer Adan Ayala its Patrol Officer of the Month honor for August at the September general membership meeting for the officer’s actions to save the life of an infant. This happened on July 17 as Ayala and his Southeast Patrol partner were on patrol in the BroadwayRead more

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September

Editorial Staff on 09.5.22

ATTEBERY, SGT. GENE L. (RETIRED) Retired Sergeant Gene L. Attebery passed away on Friday, July 29, 2022, at the age of 91. Sergeant Attebery joined the Houston Police Department on April 28, 1958, Academy Class No. 18. During his tenure with the department, he was assigned to the Traffic & Accident, Juvenile, Training, Employee Services,Read more

August

Editorial Staff on 08.8.22

BAILEY, OFFICER GARY W. “BEETLE” (RETIRED) Retired Senior Police Officer Gary W. “Beetle” Bailey passed away on Friday, July 8, 2022, at the age of 72. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Marianne Bailey. Officer Bailey joined the Houston Police Department on October 6, 1969, Academy Class No. 42. During his tenure with theRead more

President's Message

READ NOW: Constitution Revisions

Members,

The HPOU continually works to better our relationships at the State and National Levels.  This is one of the reasons that we are members of the State and National Fraternal Order of Police.  Through these efforts we were able to help get Joe Gamaldi elected to the Vice Presidents position of the National FOP and Tom Hayes elected as the Vice President of the State FOP.  These relationships are helping with federal and state legislative issues that effect all law enforcement officers.  We are truly proud to represent the states largest FOP lodge, Lodge 110.  Every officer on the department is a member at no additional cost unless you opt out of the FOP which you can do by simply giving us a call.

Now that we are the largest lodge in the state, we need to modify our const

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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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Trust within the ranks takes dive

Officers are by nature distrusting individuals, as we see the worst of what humanity has to offer.  Day in and day out officers go to work knowing that at any moment they could make the ultimate sacrifice.

However, as of late the concerns are not coming from the outside. They are coming from our own department.

I have spoken many times to the chief about the distrust officers have of upper management. He claims he understands it and is working to build the trust with the rank and file.  I wrote an article last month regarding traffic stops and why they are down across the city, and this is true with most police agencies.

In this day and time when everyone wants “transparency,” we see that it only goes one direction.  The department started this Being First Program to change

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