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HPOU election sign-ups started

Tom Kennedy, Editor on 09.1.22

Candidate sign-ups are now open for the 2022 Houston Police Officers’ Union election.  This election cycle includes 13 HPOU board positions and two of the Union’s vice-presidential positions.  Sign-ups will continue until 10 a.m. on Oct. 6. According to HPOU bylaws, a sample ballot will be posted Oct. 10, the same day electronic voting beginsRead more

AmCap Home Loans shows special appreciation for HPD officers

Tom Kennedy, Editor on 08.8.22

Let us tell you about a company called AmCap Home Loans. We could start by stating two facts. First, this company is licensed in more than 40 states with 131 offices and 1,200 employees, including those in the Greater Houston area. The second fact you need to know is that Heather Helton, wife of recentlyRead more

ATO’s Jarrid Sallee fundraiser huge success: over $120K

Tom Kennedy, Editor on 08.8.22

Assist the Officer’s fundraising capabilities continued to reach new levels June 10 with the total reaching more than $120,000 to benefit Officer Jarrid Sallee, who is still recovering from wounds suffered in a violent May 4 traffic stop. Sallee, his wife Elise and three infant daughters, were in attendance and undoubtedly served as inspirations toRead more

Retired long-time SWAT leader Sandy Wall pens ‘memoir’

Tom Kennedy, Editor on 08.8.22

OK, all you HPD people out there who have known retired long-time SWAT Officer Sandy Wall, well, he now has an “AKA.” He’s now also known as Andy Wallace, a “fictitious” HPD officer who, among other assignments, served a good while in SWAT. You must have heard: Wall has written his memoirs in which theRead more

Ferdie Trischelle as HPD’s first female juvenile probation officer

Jeannine Maughmer Miller, Rt. HPD on 08.8.22

In M.D. Beale’s article in the June/July issue of The Retired Badge, regarding Houston’s first policewoman, Eva Jane Bacher, he mentioned there was another female, Ferdie Trischelle, listed as possibly being a police officer as well. He suggested that someone needed to check into that. So, I did. I fist looked on ancestry.com and whileRead more

Excerpt from The Long Road Home

Sandy Wall, Rt. HPD on 08.8.22

The following is an excerpt from the much anticipated book by retired long-time SWAT Officer Sandy Wall, The Long Road Home – Stick ’em Up! One Friday afternoon, the Team was training at the range when McCain received word that Johnny Barbosa had a search warrant for heroin.  Johnny didn’t work many cases, but it wasRead 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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