Awards and Honors

HPOU chooses Detective Stanfield as Investigator of the Month

Tom Kennedy, Editor on 01.8.21

Detective Roderick Stanfield was assigned a case for follow-up investigation on May 1, 2019 after the original report of a sexual assault disclosure was made on about five weeks earlier. The HPOU honored Stanfield by selecting him Investigator of the Month for January. During the investigation, Detective Stanfield learned of the Continuous Sexual Abuse ofRead more

HPOU names Sgt. Marcus Leonard Patrol Officer of the Month

Tom Kennedy, Editor on 12.3.20

HPOU is recognizing a North Shepherd Patrol sergeant whose serious talk with an armed consumer in an apartment complex resulted in the man dropping his gun and giving up the effort to take his own life. North Shepherd Officer Travis Murdock nominated Sgt. Marcus Leonard for this dutiful action on Oct 31, saying, “I amRead more

Union honors Officer D. Senz as Investigator of the Month

Tom Kennedy, Editor on 11.5.20

Officer Danny Saenz is the handler for one of the most productive and prolific confidential informants to ever work for the Houston Police Department Narcotics Division. In August of 2014, Officer Saenz’s informant introduced him to an upper-level narcotics distributor in the area of Hillcroft and the Southwest Freeway. Several controlled buys ensued, and OfficerRead more

Gonzales’ perseverance results in sex abuse charges against pastor

Tom Kennedy, Editor on 10.5.20

Detective Lisa Gonzales was assigned a follow-up investigation on April 30 after an original report was made two days before.   The original report stated that the complainant’s father was taking the complainant and his brother to church when he observed the complainant crying in the back seat. When he asked what was wrong, theRead more

Union honors Sandoval and Barker for commitment to cadets

Tom Kennedy, Editor on 10.5.20

The HPOU recognized Sgt. Rob Sandoval and Officer Shannon Barker as Officers of the Month for October for their diligent work to help cadets in Academy Class No. 245 retake the test they needed to graduate. Here are the facts of this great effort. Class No. 245 had a 59 percent fail rate on theRead more

Northeast Officers Rubio and Villareal Patrol Officers of Month

Tom Kennedy, Editor on 09.1.20

HPOU has selected Northeast Patrol Officers Rubio and Villareal as the Patrol Officers of the Month for September. The officers will receive the honor privately since the Union has put off having general membership meetings until the pandemic comes to an end. On April 7 Rubio and Villareal had just left a call when theyRead more

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The Presidents Message

New Year has new challenges, including PAC support, legislation

Happy New Year!

We can all agree that 2020 was a very stressful year. It all started with COVID 19, a virus that drastically changed all our lives. The political climate was high, as riots broke out, police reform was put at the forefront, and we sadly lost many of our brothers.

But as bad as it was, the rank and file of the Houston Police Department proved again why we are the best police department in the nation. Just like Hurricane Harvey, every officer went to work and did everything possible to keep the City of Houston from burning like other cities. We stayed Houston Strong!

The restraint and professionalism our officers demonstrated was very impressive. I received calls from other police unions around the nation praising our department for how we performed under pressure. I

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Thank you, Joe! Here’s to looking back and moving forward

Looking back over my time with the Union it is evident that I have worked with some really great leaders. As an HPOU board member, I had the good fortune to work with Gary Blankinship and J. J. Berry, who were class guys and taught me a lot about what a union should be and how it should function.

After taking J. J.’s place as 1st vice president in 2012, I had the honor of working with Ray Hunt and Joe Gamaldi, both of whom have been exceptional leaders for our great organization, and individuals that I am proud to call friends.

As most of you know, Joe worked very hard and burned a lot of time to prepare for the sergeant’s exam. In what should not be a surprise to anyone that he ended up number one on the list.

I am so very proud of his hard work and dedication to t

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Watch Each Other’s Backs! And let us never forget our hero, Sgt. Harold Preston

Editor’s note: Due to deadlines, this article was written prior to election results.

If it seems like not a day passes without you seeing in the news that another police officer was shot in the United States, you are right.

There has been a police officer shot every 28 hours this year That’s 255 as of Nov. 1.

Forty officers made the ultimate sacrifice as a result of that gunfire. While some politicians and news media pundits pontificate that there is no war on police officers, the statistics tell a very different story.

More than the last two years we have seen more than a 26 percent increase in police officers being shot. The current numbers show that it is not slowing down. In fact, it is getting worse – too far out of hand!

I will always express hope that t

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Get the word one more time: Get out there, support our worthy candidates but, by all means, VOTE!

I feel like I write this article every year, and every year it becomes more and more important that you get out to vote.

In case you have been living under a rock, we are living in very tumultuous times, especially if you are a police officer. Now more than ever it is your DUTY as a police officer to not only vote, but make sure that you educate your friends, family, co-workers, fellow church goers and anyone else you know on the issues important to us and who to vote for.

Then you need to follow up with folks to make sure they vote. You may need to give them a ride, you may need to take them with you. Be sure to go the extra mile because every vote counts in this election. One seat lost, flipped, one race won or lost can make all the difference in protection of our rights as police

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Here’s news you will hear from me and not through the rumor mill

Before the HPD/HPOU rumor mill gets going too quickly, I want to share with you all that my current term ending in December 2021 will be my last as the president of the HPOU.

It has been the honor of a lifetime to be your elected voice in Houston. For the last 10 years I have poured my heart and soul into the Houston Police Officers Union, working tirelessly to take care of every single one of you and your families.

Many have already asked, and I am sure more will, why now? This is purely a family decision, as I would like to spend more time with my daughters as they grow up. This 24/7/365 job as president is not always conducive to spending quality family time.

Do not fret, if you haven’t noticed the HPOU has become an eclectic mix of youth/experience, patrol/investigations, wh

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