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Welcome to normalcy! Well, closer to it, anyway.

Tom Kennedy, Editor on 04.1.21

Welcome back to the first “open” HPOU general membership meeting in at least a year – the COVID-19 year of infamy. The fajitas were once again served in the Breck Porter meeting hall on the first Thursday in April of 2021. Normally that wouldn’t be any big deal but after the Year of the MaskRead more

HPOU to BARC up that same tree again in partnership with pet adoption agency

Tom Kennedy, Editor on 04.1.21

Paws and Patrol is back, finally overcoming the pandemic woes that have prevented HPD personnel from promoting the adoption of dogs and cats from Houston’s city streets. HPOU’s BARC coordinator Dan Levine said, “We are back in action just in time for National Puppy Day!”. Paws and Patrol is a partnership that started in 2019Read more

HPOU scholars to be honored in two shifts due to virus

Tom Kennedy, Editor on 04.1.21

A total of 80 sons and daughters of Union members will be honored at a specially arranged April 17 breakfast honoring the 2021 HPOU Scholarship winners. The HPOU’s annual scholarship presentations to graduating seniors who applied for the scholarship aid through an essay contest will be different this year. The 80 recipients will be presentedRead more

HPD model cars – SOLD OUT

Editorial Staff on 03.4.21

Due to popular demand, a limited re-order has been placed.  The order should arrive in the next 3 or so months – watch for eblasts and Facebook updates!Read more

No shortage of excellence amongst HPD ranks

Tom Kennedy, Editor on 03.4.21

ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS READ THE OFFICER PROFILES in this issue of the Badge & Gun to once again see proof that the men and women in Houston Blue do their jobs well often. What’s the point? We continue to stress the need for nominations for HPOU Patrol Officer of the Month andRead more

The Nominations are in! Or are they?

Tom Kennedy, Editor on 02.3.21

WE NEED YOUR HELP. ALL OF US KNOW OF THE EXCELLENCE demonstrated every day and evening by the hard-working, highly professional officers in the Houston Police Department. Every general membership meeting the Houston Police Officers Union recognizes this excellence by recognizing the HPOU Patrol Officer(s) of the Month and the HPOU Investigator(s) of the Month.Read more

Could this be the end of proactive policing?

Doug Griffith, HPOU President on 02.3.21

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 HardingRead more

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The Presidents Message

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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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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