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Upcoming Defend the Police Trail Ride to spotlight real job of officers, raise funds for ATO, 100 Club

Tom Kennedy, Editor on 10.5.20

Elaborate plans are underway for what is known as the Defend the Police Trail Ride, a fundraiser and public awareness campaign designed to promote better educate citizens about the everyday dangers police officers encounter. Clear Lake Patrol Officer Cory George, a lifelong horseman, thought of the concept amidst the current anti-policing attitudes in some partsRead more

FRBT Accident Plan helps mitigate financial uncertainty

Yvonna Lex, FRBT on 10.5.20

Wouldn’t it be great to have a crystal ball, so that nothing unexpected could take us by surprise?  Life is unpredictable, particularly in our line of work. Every day brings uncertainty, especially as we maneuver through the hostile environment the media has helped to create. If you were injured and could not work, would extraRead more

Remembering Harvey, HPOU, Michael Berry, et al ante up $24,000 to help at least 20 Lake Charles police officers who lost in Laura

Tom Kennedy, Editor on 10.5.20

Ever mindful of the hurricane recovery mode, the Houston Police Officers Union raised at least $24,000 to help fellow officers in Lake Charles who lost their homes in Hurricane Laura. HPOU’s Ray Hunt led the effort and presented checks totaling $23,000 to Lake Charles Police Officers Association President Lecia McCullough on Sept. 14. Hunt wasRead more

Special offer for increased life coverage

First Responders Benefit Trust on 10.5.20

The Houston Police Officers’ Union has partnered with First Responders Benefit Trust to offer a special enrollment opportunity to Active HPOU members to get extra protection with supplemental life insurance.  The information and enrollment forms will be mailed directly to active members, so watch your mailbox!Read more

Huffman asserts DA Ogg unfair in police cases, piggybacking on evidence her office had nothing to do with developing

Tom Kennedy, Editor on 09.1.20

District Attorney Kim Ogg frequently barks up an erroneous prosecutorial tree and seldom, if ever, initiates major investigations from her own office, faulty practices her opponent Mary Nan Huffman alleges on the campaign trail. Huffman, the Republican challenger supported by the HPOU, has stepped up the case against incumbent Democrat Ogg also by asserting thatRead more

This year’s CMC Fair has gone virtual due to the virus

Tom Kennedy, Editor on 09.1.20

About this time the Assist the Officer Foundation looks forward to setting up around the Reflection Pond at City Hall to share with city employees the way they can make contributions to ATO through the Combined Municipal Campaign (CMC). We know why that format won’t be working this year. The coronavirus pandemic makes this year’sRead more

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The Presidents Message

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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The public does NOT support defunding, dismantling the police

In the wake of the protests and riots we saw across the country, a popular talking point for virtue-signaling politicians, media and Hollywood elites was to defund and dismantle police departments. I can’t begin to tell you how ridiculous this concept is, especially when you are seeing violent crime spiking in every major city across the country.

The murder rate increases in our large cities over last year are nothing short of staggering:

  • New York- 30 percent
  • Philadelphia- 30 percent
  • Chicago- 34 percent
  • Houston- 39 percent
  • Los Angeles 17 percent

But that didn’t stop places like NY and LA from defunding their police departments to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars. All of this despit

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