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Have picnic tickets, will travel – to the Oil Ranch!

Tom Kennedy, Editor on 11.7.22

The upcoming special event is designed for special people – namely HPOU family members planning to attend the Saturday fun in store for them on Nov. 12 at the annual HPOU Family Picnic. Deadline for getting your free tickets was Nov. 4. Questions? Contact Picnic Chairman Dan Levine at dlevine@hpou.org. The venue, as usual, isRead more

Northeast’s Trunk or Treat event successful, didn’t get all wet

Tom Kennedy, Editor on 11.7.22

Despite the rainy weather and that special HPD-officer-intense event known as the World Series, the Northeast DRT held its second annual Fall Festival Trunk or Treat event on Friday, Oct. 28, declaring it a total success for the officers and the community they serve. “We had the World Series and the weather that meant theRead more

Deuce needs a forever home!

BARC on 11.7.22

This week’s #PawsToTheRescue pick is two-year-old Deuce! Deuce is looking for his forever home and Officer Nikhil Kumar from the Houston Police Officers’ Union visited him yesterday to help spotlight him. Deuce is a super sweet pup that makes friends with all the humans he meets. He loves going on walks to sniff everything andRead more

Military Funerals: Honors & Procedures

Dignity on 11.7.22

The personal sacrifices made by members of the armed forces cannot be overestimated.  At Dignity Memorial®, we deeply appreciate those who have served our country with courage and selflessness.  Dignity Memorial® providers are honored to do our part in turn by caring for military veterans and their families.  Military funeral honors are a dignified ceremonyRead more

November Is Diabetes Awareness Month

Kelsey-Seybold on 11.7.22

Diabetes is a leading cause of disability in the United States. It affects how your body uses glucose, a simple sugar that helps get fuel into your cells to provide needed energy for muscles and tissues; it’s also your brain’s main source of fuel. When someone has diabetes, glucose can’t get into cells the wayRead more

Retiring B&G editor retells a favorite HPD war story

Tom Kennedy, Editor on 11.7.22

Over the past 20 years I have had the honor and pleasure of serving as the editor of the Badge & Gun. During that period, I have heard countless war stories, many of which couldn’t actually see the light of print. (You are supposed to be laughing out loud at this point). I wish IRead more

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The Presidents Message

HPOU Board of Directors 2022 Election

Members,

As many of you know, the HPOU elections start today at Noon and will run until October the 21st at Noon. I am asking that each of you take the time to get to know the individuals running for Union positions. I am excited to see so much interest in making this organization the best that it can be. We are starting to see a younger crowd show interest in being a part of what is going on at the HPOU. On average, we only have about a 25% participation rate in voting. We must all remember that we are voting for the leadership of the Majority Bargaining Agent of the largest police department in the state.<

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Fighting the good fight, just not in public.

I have been the president for almost two years now and often hear people complain that the Union doesn’t fight for the membership.  One member even stated that we are not “militant” enough.

We fight for our members daily, but I can understand why some would believe otherwise, because I fight most battles behind closed doors.  I do not feel that it benefits the organization, or the membership to battle in the public eye.

Don’t get me wrong, there are times when we are pushed to the point that we have to take it public.  This was evident during the press conference we held for the Northeast officers and Sergeant, that Acevedo wrongfully fired.  We made that a very public fight, even to the point that I was called into Acevedo’s office over my comments about his missing PR

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