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New HPOU Board to officially take office Jan. 5

Tom Kennedy, Editor on 11.7.22

The official results of this year’s HPOU Board of Directors election has been officially posted with the annual swearing-in ceremony scheduled for Jan. 5 in the first general membership meeting of 2023. First Vice President Ken Neely was reelected, and 2nd Vice President Tim Whitaker was unopposed. Runoffs were completed in four runoff elections.Read more

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

15-Day Suspension Overturned

Aaron Suder, HPOU Legal on 11.7.22

On September 12, 2022, HPOU General Counsel Aaron Suder represented a Westside patrol officer in his arbitration appeal of a 15-Day Suspension, which was issued on December 21, 2021, by Chief Troy Finner.  The officer was alleged to have failed to conduct a proper search of a prisoner, in violation of General Order 500-01, whichRead more

Peer Support Unit uses doggone good therapy program

Tom Kennedy, Editor on 11.7.22

HPD’s Peer Support Unit has turned to a friend to help relieve stress among officers in all division. We’re talking here about man’s (and woman’s) best friend – a dog. In this case, a comfort dog. Comfort dogs have become common sights in the aftermath of traumatic scenes like active shooters at schools or stressfulRead more

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The Presidents Message

Thank each of you for your hard work

I want to first take the time to thank each of you for the hard work and dedication you show to this city.  The members of the Houston Police Department are the best in the nation, and I am proud that you entrust our HPOU team to lead you into the new year.  Welcome to the new board of directors as we get to work on setting some long-term goals for the HPOU. One of my personal goals for this year is to work with the department and other groups to bring more tactical training to our members. With attacks on law enforcement on the rise, it is important that we be prepared.

We must remember that the future of this city is very dependent upon people who will step up to face the challenges of the department. Like all major cities, we are having issues with hiring, retention, manpower alloc

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Our woke is broke

I have been blessed to be in this department as long as I have been.  Over the years we have had events and situations that cause the department to react thus leading to new general orders, and new in-service classes. Over the last few years there has been a constant attack on law enforcement for more “transparency” within the eyes of the public.  Sadly, the public does not truly want transparency as policing is ugly and they can no longer stomach what we have to do to keep the citizens of this city safe.

The reality is that there is no way to fight a criminal and it look good. When in the middle of a true fight, you do whatever it takes to win that fight.  No officer goes into the public just beating on people or looking for anyone to shoot, but if you watch the media, it appear

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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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