Second Back the Blue event Aug. 13 bigger than ever

Tom Kennedy, Editor on 08.8.22

You still have time to attend an exciting Assist the Officer event this summer– the Back the Blue set for Saturday, August 13! First, we’ve got to tell you how to get there. The venue is Barrel Park Houston, home of the Legendary Tumbleweed Texas at 13101 Kuykendahl. Admission is $5. This is the secondRead more

Nakoa Perales – won battle with leukemia & rang the bell!

Tom Kennedy, Editor on 08.8.22

Mike and Kim Perales know how to name their kids. And here’s proof. They named the older of their two sons Makai, Hawaiian meaning “toward the sea.” Sure enough, Makai Perales loves the water and competes as a swimmer on his school team. “He loves the water and anything to do with it,” Sgt. Perales,Read more

HPOU’s Spiritual Prayer Rally deemed ‘a great success’

Tom Kennedy, Editor on 08.8.22

The Houston Police Officers’ Union partnered with Radio Station KSBJ 89.3 launching the first Spiritual Prayer Rally on Thursday, July 7. The event lasted until 2 p.m. that day at the HPOU headquarters on State Street. It enabled all officers desiring prayer. “They came out in great numbers throughout the day,” event coordinator Rhonda WilliamsRead more

HPD’s K9s a huge hit with Houston Kennel Club

Tom Kennedy, Editor on 08.8.22

If you would like to donate to ATO’s Retired K9 Fund, please visit today! Once upon a time in 2022 two women with dogs met. Informally, they discussed their canine connection with emphasis on what one of them termed “the working dogs.” She referred to HPD’s K9 officers and summed up her feelings withRead 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

Thinking of having an affair? Assess your vulnerabilities!

JoAnna Snider, PsyD on 08.8.22

The heat continues in Houston. It’s so hot the grass all around us is dying and various places are rationing water use. Too much heat is never a good thing. I’m starting a series on a topic that gets many LEOs in hot water – affairs. They seem to bring just the right amount ofRead more

What a job! Assist the Officer working wonders!

Tom Kennedy, Editor on 08.8.22

THE BADGE & GUN HAS DECIDED THAT THE NEXT time it wrote the term “Assist the Officer” in this publication it would have to be in italics. Why? Quite simply, Assist the Officer is doing its job like never before. Every issue spotlights the latest accomplishments of the organization’s basic reason for being. While manyRead more

Personal Safety in High Heat

Vanessa T. Willinghoff, MD on 08.8.22

Record-setting heat is moving across Texas, putting millions of people, as well as law-enforcement and public safety professionals, at risk of heat-related illnesses and  emergencies. And as the mercury rises, conditions become dangerous for anyone working outdoors or living in a residence without air conditioning. As you prepare for a heatwave in our community, here areRead more

Talking About Funeral Arrangements

Dignity Memorial on 08.8.22

It’s natural to plan ahead. We plan vacations, weddings, birthday parties and holiday gatherings. But when it comes to talking about dying, we generally shy away from end-of-life conversations because they can be emotionally challenging. By talking about funeral arrangements in advance, you can help protect your loved ones from the emotional and financial burdenRead more

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The Presidents Message

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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Why fewer HPD traffic stops?

There is a lot of discussion going on about the fact that traffic stops are down around the department.  A recent report showed that very few patrol officers conduct proactive traffic stops or on-view investigations.

I received a call from several within the command staff asking what can be done to improve the traffic stop numbers.  It is well known that traffic stops often lead to arrest for various violations of the law. For a number of years TACT teams and gang units have been using traffic stops for probable cause, that have led to the arrest of crooks.

Over these years, the tactics have changed, so longer investigations are conducted to go after robbery crews, juggers and other violent offenders. This is a big shift in mindset that has allowed our TACT teams to truly thwart cr

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