The Presidents Message
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
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
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