From your biggest fan – Lisa Marino

Lisa Marino on 03.6.23

Published on March 6, 2023 Author Lisa Marino Dear HPOU Family, It is with a heavy heart that I announce that I will be leaving my position at the HPOU on March 24th.  It has been an absolute honor to be a part of the HPOU team and serving Houston Police Officers (my heroes).  ThisRead more

Colorectal Exams Helps Save Lives Through Early Detection of Cancer

Kelsey-Seybold on 03.6.23

Published March 6, 2023 Author Kelsey-Seybold Colorectal cancer – cancer of the colon and rectum – affects men and women about equally and is the second-leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States. Sadly, more than half of all colorectal cancer deaths might well have been prevented by earlier detection through colon cancer screening.Read more

The monster I met was a man…

Jennifer Ayala, HPD on 03.6.23

Published March 6, 2023 Author Jennifer Ayala, HPD Often times, we believe that monsters exist solely in movies or the shows we constantly watch. As children, we occasionally learn that monsters are hidden beneath our beds and in the corner of our closets. We protect ourselves as much as we can, we hide underneath theRead more

Adopt a dog five months or older for just $20

BARC on 03.6.23

Published March 6, 2023 Author BARC This week’s #PawsToTheRescue pick, Sam, must have received some good luck from Sgt. Martha Sanchez from the Houston Police Officers’ Union. After being at the shelter for almost a week, he was adopted right after these photos were taken! You never know what kind of furry friends you willRead more

The power of a good chuckle

JoAnna Snider, Psych Services on 03.6.23

Published March 6, 2023 Author JoAnna Snider “Why did the police officer arrest the celery? Because he was charged with stalking.” Ba Da Boom! Did you at least snicker? As we’ve started a new year, let’s take a moment to really assess how often do we laugh at situations, ourselves or just in general? It’sRead more

The Best Advice

Barbara A. Schwartz on 03.6.23

Published March 6, 2023 Author Barbara A. Schwartz The Badge & Gun is introducing a new column where you can send in an article and share the best advice you received in your law enforcement career. And if you want, include who gave you that advice. If your submission is chosen for the column, youRead more

It’s American Heart Health Month

George Adesina, MD, MSPH, FACC on 02.6.23

February is American Heart Health Month, making this an opportune time – no matter your age – to learn more about cardiovascular events and lifestyle modifications that you can make to help lower your risk from experiencing one. As many of you know, on Jan. 2, Buffalo Bills player Damar Hamlin, age 24, went into cardiacRead more

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The Presidents Message

Discipline vs. Supervision

Over the last few weeks, I have discussed some of the issues that I believe cause morale to suffer within our department.  I think we can all agree that discipline and the way it is perceived has a negative influence on the attitudes of our officers. We have all heard about the guy who received days off and is getting “screwed” by the department. But to be honest, it is very few that I would classify as getting “screwed”.  I understand that most officers do not like to admit when they make a mistake, but that is what most discipline is tied to. Just like shootings, officers do not leave the house every day saying, I think I am going to violate some policies today.  They are mistakes for the most part, but the way in which we deal with them must change.  I am not aware of any pr

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