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PAC Endorsements for the November Election

Tom Kennedy, Editor on 06.2.22

THE MAY 24 RUNOFF ELECTION SAW ALL BUT ONE of the HPOU PAC’s endorsements win the nomination to represent their political party in the November General Election. The PAC now has readied its list of recommended candidates for that Nov. 6 event. Please PRINT HERE and keep it in mind as you prepare to vote forRead more

National Police Week 2022 an inspiration to all

Tim Whitaker, HPOU 2nd Vice President on 06.2.22

The 2022 National Police Week in Washington, DC, May 11-17, was not disappointing. The week was packed with events, some of which were very emotional.  Chief Troy Finner and Assistant Chiefs Hardin and Bashir represented HPD leadership very well. Chief Finner and Mayor Sylvester Turner were also invited to the White House to meet PresidentRead more

Transformational Change: What does it look like?

Doug Griffith, HPOU President on 06.2.22

I am hearing a lot about this new “transformational change” classes that is provided by way of the Being First group.  While I support anything that improves our department, let me be clear when I say this, no change will come to the rank and file without the command staff being direct, respectful, and transparent. Read more

HPOU Endorsements 2022

Editorial Staff on 05.25.22

HPOU Endorsements 2022 (Print Here) Governor:                                                        Greg Abbott (R) Lt Governor:                                                      Dan Patrick (R) Attorney General:                                            Ken Paxton (R) Comptroller:                                                      Glenn Hegar (R) Texas Land Commissioner:                           Dawn Buckingham (R) Texas Railroad Commissioner:                    Wayne Christian (R) Texas Agriculture Commissioner:              Sid Miller (R) Senate District 1:                                              Bryan Hughes (R) Senate District 4:                                              Brandon Creighton (R)Read more

Annual Police Week already underway in Houston

Tom Kennedy, Editor on 05.5.22

The annual Police Week Memorials in May feature tributes in three locations – Austin, Houston and Washington, D.C. Several notable activities have already taken place in Austin and Houston with many more planned for Washington, D.C. during the actual National Police Week of May 12-16. By the time you read this, the May 1 memorialRead more

If you read nothing else….READ THIS!

Doug Griffith, HPOU President on 05.5.22

Members, As most of you know, the HPOU has tried to put a spotlight on the mental health of our department.  Joe Gamaldi started out first Peer Support program with HOPA (Houston Officers Peer Assistance). Tim Whitaker has taken over the program in the last few years.  The program has been working very well butRead more

HPOU not just glazing over June 3 National Donut Day

Tom Kennedy, Editor on 05.5.22

No law enforcement personnel in the nation celebrates National Donut Day like Houston police officers. Due to COVID, the HPOU has not been able to adequately celebrate their favorite holiday for the past few years!  But, luckily for 2022, the HPOU will be furnishing officers with donuts by the dozen again on Friday, June 3Read more

At last, Buntion receives JUSTICE!

Tom Kennedy, Editor on 04.7.22

AFTER CLOSE TO 32 YEARS ON DEATH ROW, lifelong criminal Carl Wayne Buntion is scheduled to receive his just reward on April 21. Buntion murdered HPD Solo Motorcycle Officer Jim Irby on June 27, 1990 in cold blood. The detailed account of what happened on that deadly date is in this issue of the BadgeRead more

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The Presidents Message

Transformational Change: What does it look like?

I am hearing a lot about this new “transformational change” classes that is provided by way of the Being First group.  While I support anything that improves our department, let me be clear when I say this, no change will come to the rank and file without the command staff being direct, respectful, and transparent.  I respect most of the command staff and understand that running the department is a difficult one.  You must walk a tight rope, one that allows you to play politics with the community and still have the respect of the troops.  I truly believe that you can do both and be an effective leader.

When I speak with the membership the top three issues are morale, discipline, and manpower.  All three are tied together, as discipline and manpower are the two things that direc

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If you read nothing else….READ THIS!

Members,

As most of you know, the HPOU has tried to put a spotlight on the mental health of our department.  Joe Gamaldi started out first Peer Support program with HOPA (Houston Officers Peer Assistance). Tim Whitaker has taken over the program in the last few years.  The program has been working very well but we still have officers out there struggling.  I have personally worked with 6 officers over the last two years who are dealing with either mental health issues or alcoholism issues or other addictions.  The stressors of this job have obviously increased over the last few years with the civil unrest, the defund the police movement, the vilification of officers, and now the increased crime spikes and attacks on law enforcement.

With the stress of this job, we are seeing more

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The Contract and More….

As many of you have heard, the Council unanimously approved the Meet and Confer contract with the City of Houston and the Houston Police Officers’ Union.  This is very important to understand that in a time when heavy changes are coming to most police contracts, ours came away with very little regarding giving up rights after we informed the City that there were many misconceptions being spread by a few community activists.  Officers questioned the 180 day rule for date of discovery versus date of incident in termination cases.  This was an area that I had to rely on our attorneys for.  All four of our attorneys as well as the contract attorneys we use all said that it would not have any real impact on out membership.  San Antonio,

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HPOU contract the product of long hours of hard work; It’s now in the hands of City Council for its approval

After four long months of going back and forth with the city, we now have a contract.  I want to first thank all of those who made it out to vote.  I am sad to say that only 1,600 of our 5,100 members voted in the ratification of the contract.

This is not unusual as we only had 1,891 vote in the last contract election.  The contract did pass with a vote of 1,101 voting for and 510 voting against.

Many of you asked questions about why we do not have online voting for the contract.  There are several reasons for this, including the fact that it is a labor contract, and we must be certain no one is voting for another person.

Secondly, we want officers to attend informational meetings or meet with someone who negotiated the contract before voting to make sure the officer received

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New Year doesn’t have the start we wanted – the manpower shortage And discipline policies that directly relate to the morale of all of us

Members, I know that we have all had a long couple of weeks.  With Redbook closures, COVID, mandatory overtime, it is obviously not the start we wanted to a new year.

I don’t want to be a downer, but it appears that this may not end anytime soon.

Manpower and discipline are still the largest issues on the minds of our members. We work constantly to try to remedy the issues when they come into the office.  Some we can fix and some we can’t.

Manpower will not be fixed for years, as it is getting harder and harder to find qualified applicants.  We are continually working on the discipline issue and hope we get the department to understand that discipline is directly related to the morale of the department.

Until we fix these issues, we will continue to lose good officers.

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