Awards and Honors

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

HPOU recognizes Officer Joe Escamilla as Patrol Officer of the Month for April

Tom Kennedy, Editor on 04.1.21

In the first general membership meeting in more than a year, the Houston Police Officers Union announced the selection of Officer Joe Escamilla as Patrol Officer of the Month. The date of meeting was April 1. The citation detailed Officer Escamilla’s actions Dec. 6 when he observed a suspect recklessly driving in a white DodgeRead more

April Investigator of the Month is Officer Amber Khan

Tom Kennedy, Editor on 04.1.21

The resumption of HPOU’s in-person general membership meetings on April 1 saw the presentation of Investigator of the Month honors to Officer Amber Khan. Officer Khan was brought in to assist in an investigation of a suspect in multiple fentanyl overdose deaths on the northwest side. Khan was able to contact the suspect via socialRead more

Erika Camacho and Rene Delgado honored as Officers of the Month

Tom Kennedy, Editor on 03.4.21

Officers Erika Camacho and Rene Delgado earned HPOU Officers of the Month honors for their work responding to an early-morning Jan. 11 aggravated carjacking in the 7800 block of the South Sam Houston Parkway. The two officers got the call about 12:45 a.m. with the dispatcher instructing them that the suspect in the Robbery inRead more

HPOU Investigators of the Month are Ragsdale and Graf

Tom Kennedy, Editor on 03.4.21

During the early morning hours of last March 13, Northeast Patrol units were dispatched to a Code 2 Shooting/Just Occurred at 7300 Schuller Road. The only evidence at the scene were three spent casings, bags of clothes and a puddle of blood next to a wooden fence. Two witnesses said they heard several people inRead more

Union honors Jaylan Lewis as Investigator of the Month

Tom Kennedy, Editor on 02.3.21

HPOU has named Detective Jaylan Lewis as the February Investigator of the Month for his outstanding work in the year that just ended. Here is the story of his achievements. On last Nov. 17, while on his assigned duty as an investigator for the Cyber and Financial Crimes Division, Detective Lewis received a call fromRead more

Sgt. Josue Villa honored as HPOU Officer of the Month

Tom Kennedy, Editor on 02.3.21

Sgt. Josue Villa has been assigned to the South Gessner Patrol Division for the past eight months developing extensive knowledge of criminal investigations while actively following upon cases from the South Gessner Patrol District. Villa’s work prompted HPOU to name him as the February Patrol Officer of the Month. Sgt. Villa’s knowledge of known criminal’sRead more

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The Presidents Message

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

Members,

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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A new HPD chapter begins with Chief Finner; meanwhile in Austin, we have battles to fight

It has been a very busy couple of weeks here at the HPOU. We, like most of you, were surprised at the announcement that Chief Acevedo was taking the chiefs job in Miami.

With the quick announcement came a lot of questions and speculation. I have spoken with Chief Acevedo and he told me that this was a move that he did not expect, but after being offered the job and speaking with his wife felt that it would be good for the family.

I want to thank Chief Acevedo for his dedication to the City of Houston and its citizens. I know we did not always agree on issues or decisions, but I have a lot of respect for him as an individual and how he was never afraid to address tough issues.

Now for the next chapter of the Houston Police Department under our new chief, Troy Finner.

I first met

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Whether wintertime snow or spring or summer hurricanes, the Union hall will be on task to help all Houston police officers

I hope everyone made it through “snow-pacalypse” 2021. I know many of you are dealing with damage caused by the winter storm that hit us last week and our prayers are with you.

We were truly blessed here at the HPOU as we try to stay prepared for emergency events. Sunday evening, I was working the GRB warming center when Bobby Kessler contacted me regarding the ability to open the Union hall to give officers a warm place to come during the cold weather.  We agreed to get as much food and snacks as possible before the stores closed.

Upon leaving the GRB, I immediately went to the Union and met with Bobby,who had obtained an entire truckload of supplies.  We then opened the Union hall and provided snacks and drinks the first night.

We continued to operate the Union around the

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Could this be the end of proactive policing?

Most of you know me and know that I have been a proactive officer my entire career. This is the first time I have ever felt that we could be seeing the death of proactive policing.

Like most of you, I was astounded by the indictment of Officer Gallegos for Murder relating to the Harding Street raid from Jan. 28, 2019. Make no mistake about it, this is nothing more than TV justice for this district attorney.

I find it a little odd that she would bring this charge three days before the time limit for the family to file a wrongful death lawsuit. I also find it suspect that the attorney for the family is the same attorney that DA Ogg hired to work on the Arkima case, which was another case she filed for political reasons – and lost!

As I stated in my press conference, Officer Galleg

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