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2021 Police Week Awards Luncheon

Princina Brown-Thomas, HPD Community Affairs on 06.3.21

‘ROOKIE OF THE YEAR’ OFFICER VICTORIA FERGUSON After completing her training, Officer Victoria Ferguson’s first duty assignment was night shift at the Westside Division. Since her arrival, she has emerged as a quality officer who has demonstrated to her supervisors and others her willingness to learn and not shrink from her responsibilities as an officerRead more

Union to sponsor Healing Crusade July 1 to restore God’s spiritual coping

Tom Kennedy, Editor on 06.3.21

The year 2020 had COVID-19, the George Floyd protests and related controversies along with the deadly freeze and the loss of four HPD officers. In response to this highly stressful period, the Houston Police Officers Union will sponsor its Healing Crusade on Thursday, July 1 with the purpose of introducing to officers some pertinent spiritualRead more

HPD Museum’s Thevenin lures unprecedented number of volunteers

Tom Kennedy, Editor on 06.3.21

The newest director of the HPD Museum is hoping to capture the interest of volunteers – even for the daunting task of digitizing HPD archives. The volunteer-intensive concept and practice has become a crucial part of the stepped-up rejuvenation effort supported by the HPD Command Staff to enhance the awareness of the department’s history. AsRead more

Crime scene clean-up company supports HPD axe throwers

Tom Kennedy, Editor on 06.3.21

It’s quite likely the typical Houstonian thinks police officers clean up the biological blood-red messes resulting from a violent crime or suicide. A wise guy at HPD would say it’s not our bloody job. Never has been outlined in any Union contract, and never will be. Daniel Webster – yes, that’s his real name –Read more

The time has come to throw an axe to benefit ATO

Tom Kennedy, Editor on 06.3.21

Can a Houston police officer beat a firefighter in a competition the firefighter trained for on his/her first day at the fire academy? Firefighters don’t generally throw their axes; they use them in fiery buildings to rescue folks. But their axes are every-day tools. You might say the only times police officers encounter axes areRead more

HPOU’s Family Night Movie reset for Friday, June 11

Tom Kennedy, Editor on 06.3.21

The HPOU Family Night Movie is rescheduled for Friday, June 11 on the parking lot of the Union Building at 1600 State St. The feature: the animated movie, The Croods 2. This great family event was postponed due to rain on April 30. All you have to do to RSVP is go to events@hpou.org andRead more

Lynn Clooney achievement award presented to Tim Whitaker

Andrea Schmauss on 06.3.21

Congratulations to Senior Officer Tim Whitaker who was presented the 28th Annual HCPAAA Lynn Clooney Officer of the Year Award at the May HPOU general membership meeting. The award is named after Lynn Clooney, who was a graduate of the very first Houston Citizens’ Police Academy class.  Lynn Clooney was inspired by the officers whoRead more

Retired HPD officers in full support of HPD Museum rejuvenation effort

M. D. Beale, Jr., Rt. HPD Sgt. on 06.3.21

Chief of Police Troy Finner has appointed Senior Police Officer Johanna Abad the task of overseeing the revitalization of the HPD Museum. That’s a really big job.  The chief evidently sees the great benefits our museum has as a Community Relations tool and as an educational and research facility. The HPROA should do everything weRead more

Diesel fanciers plan to circle their trucks for July 17 ATO benefit

Tom Kennedy, Editor on 06.3.21

A large group of diesel truck enthusiasts have planned an exciting July 17 Assist the Officer fundraiser known as Truckin’ for a Cause in Kemah. It will feature a big, family friendly car and truck show with raffles and gun squares. The venue is at a truck club favorite, Jackie’s Brickhouse at 1053 Marina BayRead more

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The Presidents Message

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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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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