The Thin Blurry Line

Barbara A. Schwartz on 04.1.21

News or Commentary The news used to be straight news. Facts and only the facts. No speculation. The news consisted of true information reported as it happened without a political twist or an editorial agenda. Not any more. The line between news and editorial commentary has blurred and disappeared entirely. The news is laced withRead more

Gryder Tournament draws big crowd to see softball, remember fallen officers

Tom Kennedy, Editor on 04.1.21

The Annual Gary Gryder Memorial Softball Tournament drew a big crowd of people who had lots of softball fun while sharing memories of fallen officers. Held March 5 at a softball complex on South Main, the tournament was dedicated to the popular officer and softball player Gary Gryder (EOW: June 29, 2008d. His son Austin,Read more

Here’s the new Psych Services ‘kid’ on the Badge & Gun block

JoAnna Snider, Psych Services on 04.1.21

The collaboration between Psychological Services Division and the Badge & Gun is moving into a new chapter. Dr. Lisa Garmezy has now FULLY retired and I know readers will miss her. She left some big shoes to fill. I wanted to take just a few lines to introduce myself as the new contributor to yourRead more

Detective Harry Hall last of vanishing breed of HPD Class No. 1

Nelson Zoch on 04.1.21

Editor’s Note: Retired Homicide Lt. Nelson Zoch is the author of Fallen Heroes of the Bayou City, an historic account of HPD officers killed in the line of duty. Lt. Zoch stays up to date with HPD retirees and the status of the families of fallen heroes and other historic personnel and events. Herewith hisRead more

Calf Scramble to take place despite Livestock Show no-go

Tom Kennedy, Editor on 04.1.21

The annual Calf Scramble at the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo is a never-say-die proposition. Even though the overall show won’t go on the calf scramble will, albeit not in the usual arena. This year’s scramble is set for two weekends in April at the Katy ISD Agriculture Center at 5825 Katy Hockley Cutoff inRead more

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Kelsey-Seybold on 04.1.21

Colorectal cancer – cancer of the colon and rectum – is the fourth leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States. What ages are at risk? “Affecting men and women about equally, colorectal cancer can occur in young adults and even in teenagers. In 2020, it was reported that 1-in-5 cases occurred in patientsRead 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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