Editorial

HPOU Board Members Swear into Office

Shannon Barker, Editor on 01.8.24

It is January, which means HPOU board members were sworn into office at the meeting that took place on January 4, 2024. The newly elected City of Houston Mayor, John Whitmire swore the HPOU Board members into office where they promise to carry out the duties, mission, and responsibilities of the HPOU. These board membersRead more

The Presidents Message

Arrive Alive!

Editor’s Note: Originally published on September 15, 2023.  Republished February 16, 2024.

Arrive alive! How many times have we heard this over our career?  From the early days in the academy, we have heard our trainers say that we can’t help if we don’t get there. We have always taken the stance that we want our officers to arrive safely on every scene.  I remember very vividly running an assist the officer call on London Street in Southeast.  As I slowed to make the turn, one of my classmates hit me from behind sending me into a ditch.  We were two blocks from the assist.  Luckily no one was hurt, other than my classmate’s pride, and another unit made it to the officer in need and quickly handled business at the assist.

That was a very clear lesson that we both

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The future and the past

Again, the HPOU was front and center in the elections of the Mayor and City Council.  All but three of those we endorsed were winners.  The three that we did not support are prior friends of the HPOU and understood why they were not selected and will continue to be good friends of the organization in the future.  In fact, we have already met with them and had a very good conversation and look forward to working with them.

It was a great day for Houston when former Senator, now Mayor Whitmire was elected by a large margin to run this city.  We look forward to working with him over the next four to eight years to improve the department, and the city. We all know that there are issues within the department including the recruiting and retention of good officers.  I look forward to wor

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