2024 Police Week

The Houston Police Department celebrated Police Week from Monday, May 6, through Friday, May 10. The Houston Police Department honored those officers who have lost their life in the line of duty at its annual ceremony held on May 10, 2024. HPOU hosted those families of the fallen HPD officers for dinner at the Union Hall prior to going to the Houston Police Officers Memorial.  Mayor John Whitmire and Acting Police Chief Larry Satterwhite joined surviving family members for dinner and provided their remarks of appreciation and gratitude to the families of the fallen, they reminded them they will always be supported and apart of the HPD family, and we will never forget the sacrifice of those officers who gave their lives in the line of duty. The families of the fallen HPD officers along with a procession of officers walked down Memorial Drive to the service along with members of the command staff and HPD honor guard. A candlelight vigil was held, along with the placing of the wreath, and a roll call of the fallen officers. Following the roll call there was a 21-gun salute, with the playing of TAPS, and HPD helicopters performed the missing man formation over the ceremony. HPD commemorated those 120 HPD officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice by selflessly dedicating their lives in the line of duty for the City of Houston while protecting its citizens.

The HPOU would like to thank the many Houston Citizen Police Academy Alumni volunteers and HPOU board members who helped run the dinner and were graciously willing to do anything asked of them. A special thank you to Pappas who very generously donated fajitas, all the fixings, and sides for the dinner. The HPOU would also like to show their appreciation and gratitude to Webwood Flowers & Gifts Inc. who donated the large flower spray for the memorial and all the flowers for the dinner tables. The HPOU is also grateful to the Houston Police Retired Officer’s Association for their continued support throughout the years.

The HPOU sent several HPD officers along with the department to the annual National Police Officers’ Memorial Service in Washington D.C. to show support to those fallen families across the nation.  A proclamation was signed in 1962 by President John F. Kennedy marking May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls as Police Week. During this week, law enforcement officers from around the world honor those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice in Washington D.C. The Annual National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service took place on Wednesday, May 15, 2024. This year, the names of 282 officers who were killed in the line of duty were added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial. To date, there are 24,067 names engraved on the memorial. The HPD honor guard along with several members of the department went to honor those officers from around the United States who have paid the ultimate sacrifice. A special thank you to Tilman Fertitta who paid for dinner for attending families and officers at Texas McCormick & Schmick’s located in Washington D.C.

Published June 10, 2024

Author Shannon Barker, Editor