20-year B&G editor reflects on HPD

Tom Kennedy, Editor on 12.6.22

In my 20 years of writing stories about Houston police officers, I have been privileged and had tons of fun telling your war stories – at least those we found to be okay to recall “on the record.” I firmly believe each of them served a positive purpose that clearly emphasized the dangers, the training,Read more

Tips to help manage holiday’s seasonal stress

Kelsey-Seybold on 12.6.22

The holidays are a fun, festive time for eggnog and gatherings with family and friends. Ironically, the holiday season can take a toll on your physical health and mental well-being. Common causes for this seasonal phenomenon may be attributed to shorter daylight hours, negotiating crowds, snarled traffic, financial burdens of gift giving, nostalgia for childhood,Read more

Business group serves HPD officers Thanksgiving meal at Union

Tom Kennedy, Editor on 12.6.22

A group made up of five Houston businesses continued its tradition of “feeding 1,000 police officers” a Thanksgiving dinner on Nov. 18 at a heretofore unused venue, the Houston Police Officers Union. Although the specially sponsored event has been held for the past seven years at other HPD venues, this was a first for theRead more


Editorial Staff on 12.6.22

BANKS, JOHN L. JR. Mr. John L. Banks Jr. passed away on Friday, October 28, 2022, at the age of 81. He is the father of Senior Office Assistant Cherlyn D. Cormier, assigned to the Property and Financial Crimes Division. Services were held November 4 with burial in Calvary Hill Cemetery in Humble. BOSTON, CHANDRARead more

Houston Police Burial Fund annual meeting set for Jan. 12

Jay Gause, President of HPBF on 12.6.22

The Houston Police Burial Fund will have its annual meeting on Thursday Jan. 12, 2023, at 10:45 a.m. in the Knights of Columbus Hall located at 607 E. Whitney in Houston, Texas. All members of the Burial Fund are invited to attend. There will be an election to fill the remaining partial terms of BoardRead more

Recovering from Infidelity

JoAnna Snider, PsyD on 12.6.22

This is the 3rd and final part of the series on Infidelity, and we will be focusing on Surviving/Recovery from an affair. This article is primarily for couples who desire to recover from an affair rather than the couple choosing to end the marriage. First, recovery in marriage from infidelity is possible, but it takesRead more

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

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The Presidents 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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