Retired HPD Officer Bennie Green wants to see the world

Tom Kennedy, Editor on 08.8.22

Like many HPD officers planning a retirement, Bennie Green had a burning desire to buy an RV and travel around the nation to see the world around him. Green graduated from HPD Cadet Class No. 60 in 1973 and spent 31 years with the department before retiring in 2004. He was a Navy veteran beforeRead more

AmCap Home Loans shows special appreciation for HPD officers

Tom Kennedy, Editor on 08.8.22

Let us tell you about a company called AmCap Home Loans. We could start by stating two facts. First, this company is licensed in more than 40 states with 131 offices and 1,200 employees, including those in the Greater Houston area. The second fact you need to know is that Heather Helton, wife of recentlyRead more

Retired long-time SWAT leader Sandy Wall pens ‘memoir’

Tom Kennedy, Editor on 08.8.22

OK, all you HPD people out there who have known retired long-time SWAT Officer Sandy Wall, well, he now has an “AKA.” He’s now also known as Andy Wallace, a “fictitious” HPD officer who, among other assignments, served a good while in SWAT. You must have heard: Wall has written his memoirs in which theRead more

Ferdie Trischelle as HPD’s first female juvenile probation officer

Jeannine Maughmer Miller, Rt. HPD on 08.8.22

In M.D. Beale’s article in the June/July issue of The Retired Badge, regarding Houston’s first policewoman, Eva Jane Bacher, he mentioned there was another female, Ferdie Trischelle, listed as possibly being a police officer as well. He suggested that someone needed to check into that. So, I did. I fist looked on and whileRead more

Excerpt from The Long Road Home

Sandy Wall, Rt. HPD on 08.8.22

The following is an excerpt from the much anticipated book by retired long-time SWAT Officer Sandy Wall, The Long Road Home – Stick ’em Up! One Friday afternoon, the Team was training at the range when McCain received word that Johnny Barbosa had a search warrant for heroin.  Johnny didn’t work many cases, but it wasRead more

Donated kit car will help learn trade

Matt Marin on 07.11.22

Senior Police Officer Marin is the author of Silent Screams, an autobiographical account of his PTSD experiences at HPD. He is also the national director for First Responders, an arm of the Birdwell Foundation, which created Camp Valor’s recovery program for PTSD victims. We have some great friends on the Thin Blue Line. One ofRead more

Meet sweet, sweet Rosie

BARC on 07.11.22

Sweet, sweet Rosie is our star for #PawsAndPatrol this week from BARC. Rosie was partnered with Ofc. Paonessa, who was very tempted to take her home with him. Rosie has a laid back and easy-going demeanor, and goes up for adoption on Saturday. She has many other friends that are available, and remember #AdoptDontShop!  Read more

HPOU works with the Credit Union for Pavlov Family

Tom Kennedy, Editor on 07.11.22

HPOU has worked with the Houston Police Federal Credit Union to open a special account for donations benefitting the surviving family of Officer Oleg Pavlov, who died during the last Thanksgiving season from a fall while working on his home. HPOU Executive Director Ray Hunt said the donations to the special account will “go 100%Read more

With gratitude from members…

Editorial Staff on 07.11.22

Houston Police Officers’ Union, On Behalf of my brothers and myself as well as our beloved Uncle Nelson Zoch, we want to thank you for your beautiful Aralia arrangement in memory of our mother and Nelson’s sister. Her Memory will live on. Sincerely, Lynell Graham-Ellis   HPD has been absolutely amazing during this time. TheRead 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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