Awards and Honors

HPOU selects Reid and Barker Investigators of the Month

Tom Kennedy, Editor on 10.7.21

The Houston Police Officers Union named Officers Shawn Reid and Adam Barker as the Investigators of the Month in the Oct. 7 general membership meeting. The investigation that resulted in this recognition began Jan. 24 when the two were assigned to deal with a Street Takeover Mob gathered at the intersection of Enclave Parkway andRead more

McCain named Patrol Officer of Month for life saving action

Tom Kennedy, Editor on 09.2.21

The Houston Police Officers Union presented Patrol Officer of the Month honors to Officer Christopher McCain in the September general membership meeting. McCain works Kingwood Patrol. On July 5, Kingwood Patrol Officers McCain and Samuel Cleveland were dispatched to a disturbance located at 200 Northpines Dr. The location was an apartment complex, where the officersRead more

HPOU names Detective Gardiner Investigator of the Month

Tom Kennedy, Editor on 09.2.21

The Union presented Crystal Gardiner with this month’s Investigator of the Month honors at the Sept. 2 general membership meeting. Here’s a recap of her award-winning work: On Jan. 14, Detective Gardiner, while on her assigned duty as an investigator for the Cyber and Financial Crimes Division, received a case for follow-up. It involved anRead more

Detective Munoz earns Investigator of the Month honor For steadfast investigation

Tom Kennedy, Editor on 08.5.21

The HPOU honored Det. Raul Munoz as its Investigator of the Month for his work resulting in sexual assault charges against the stepbrother of a nonverbal Autistic six-year-old boy. Munoz got the call last Nov. 28 to investigate an aggravated sexual assault of a child. Patrol officers had informed him that they thought the primaryRead more

Reeves and Washington presented Patrol Officers of Month Award

Tom Kennedy, Editor on 08.5.21

The Houston Police Officers Union presented Officers Dustin Reeves and Joshua Washington Patrol Officers of the Month honors on Aug. 5 for their work involving the exploitation of an 11-year-old girl. The honor was presented to the Clear Lake Patrol officers at the Union’s general membership meeting. Late the evening of June 8, Officer WashingtonRead more

Sgt. Holbrook and Detective Roscoe use witnesses, Few clues to find and arrest motiveless murder suspect

Tom Kennedy, Editor on 06.3.21

The HPOU presented Investigator of the Month honors to Sgt. Mark Holbrook and Detective Joseph Roscoe in its June general membership meeting. Here are the highlights of a detailed investigation that brought honor to the department and testified to the two officers’ investigative abilities. On Thursday, Dec. 3, Sgt. Holbrook and Detective Roscoe were assignedRead more

Chelminski arrests aggravated robbery suspects after prompt Investigation, earns HPOU’s June Patrol Officer of the Month

Tom Kennedy, Editor on 06.3.21

The Union honored Sebastian Chelminski as Patrol Officer of the Month for his successful work in connection with his response to an attempted aggravated robbery. The presentation came in the HPOU’s June general membership meeting. Officer Chelminski’s response found a complainant who had been pistol-whipped in the face by one suspect as a second suspectRead more

Officer Cimeni’s determination and professionalism results in charges against a suspect involved in a major shootout case

Tom Kennedy, Editor on 05.6.21

The HPOU presented Investigator of the Month honors to Officer Junilray Cimeni of the Major Assaults Unit Squad 5 in the Union’s May general membership meeting. Cimeni is known for constantly volunteering to work cases and assignments above and beyond the average case load. In this one particular incident, Officer Cimeni displayed his dedication andRead more

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The Presidents Message

As the deadline looms, there are still no answers from the city

We have been working very hard on the latest “mandate” from the mayor.  The very first time we heard about the mayor wanting to have vaccine mandates was during a weekly City Council meeting when he stated that he was looking into all city employees get vaccinated.  We immediately began to research if this was legal, and what we could do to prevent it.  Our attorneys reached out to the Labor Relations Institute and found that there was case law and actual Supreme Court rulings on this, though the Supreme Court case was 1905.  I believed that there must be other case law out that would prevent this from taking place.  We do have constitutional rights, right?

I know we have all paid very close attention to the Methodist Employee case.  The ruling from the court was that they can

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Interested in being a leader?

Leadership is a word tossed around by many to label the head of an organization.  But what is a real leader?  Is it a chief of police, is it the commander at the station, or is it the hard worker on your shift?

There are plenty of supervisors out there who think they are “leaders.” But let’s be honest, not every supervisor is a leader.  You can teach anyone to be a supervisor, but you cannot teach leadership.

Can you teach aspects of leadership?  Certainly. But we must also understand that there are certain aspects of leadership that cannot be taught or learned from a book.  Leadership is a calling, a feeling, a burning from inside that makes you want to do what you do.

True leaders will find a way to make things work in the worst of situations and a way that makes ever

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Message from HPOU President


As President of the organization, I get all the negative feedback from members regarding ever aspect of the department as well as the HPOU.  I often get frustrated when people come in and make comments without knowing what we really do here.  I recently had an officer come in and ask exactly what his dues go for every month?  Believe it or not, I appreciate people coming in and asking questions, and actually take an interest in what the organization does for them. I could tell he was frustrated, and this interaction give me the opportunity to show what we actually do (and brag a little). We spoke for almost an hour, and I believe that he was satisfied with what I had to say and felt more comfortable when he left.  But our conversation made me realize that we do not do a ver

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Attitudes toward officers makes proactive policing very difficult, yet we HPD officers have more support than officers in most big cities

I came onto the Houston Police Department in 1990 in class No. 142.  During my entire career I have been incredibly proud of the department and consider it one of the best police departments in the nation.

I can recall times when other departments would look to Houston and ask us to help train other departments.  We have led the nation with our innovative homeless outreach and mental health response teams (CIRT).  I have always considered myself a proactive officer being in the Gang Task Force, Divisional Gang Unit, and the Tact Team at Southeast.

I know firsthand that proactive policing is necessary to keep crime rates down and the community safe.  If it were not for great proactive patrol officers and line level Tac and Gang units, the City of Houston would have been crime ridd

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Let’s discuss professionalism, which now begins with the old adage: Watch your language


I’m sure that it is easy for those in Command to look at body camera videos and determine what you should be doing and saying in the streets, but we all know the realities of a high-stress scene.

Over the last few years, I have sat on the Administrative Discipline Committee fighting for officers over discipline recommendations. With the introduction of the Body Worn Camera systems there was a quick downturn on discipline cases as the cameras were somewhat of a shock to our system.

The department found that officers were much more professional when on camera. Over the years I have noticed that officers curse quite a bit on video, which has not been a problem when dealing with violent suspects.

As we all know, over the last year there has been a lot more scrutiny over

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