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Sergeant Cashes in at Gallery Furniture!

Tom Kennedy, Editor on 04.7.22

Sgt C. E. Hunt from Northwest saw a commercial for Gallery Furniture where anyone who bought $3000 or more in furniture would get it for free if Kansas won the NCAA basketball championship. After North Carolina, an eighth seed, beat second seed Duke on Saturday, he and his wife Diane decided this was a goodRead more

Alvin’s Fun Run will result in Camp Valor improvements

Matt Marin on 04.7.22

EDITOR’S NOTE: The Hometown Heroes event was created by HPD Senior Police Officer Matthew Marin, the national director for the Birdwell Foundation for PTSD. It was created to bring awareness to PTSD and allow people to get information on what it is as well as how and where to seek the proper help for recovery.Read more

Gryder Tournament a great success, raises $5,000

Amanda Day, Tournament Cordinator on 04.7.22

I want to take this opportunity to thank literally everyone that helped make this year a success. We’re going on five years strong and already planning for next year! This year we raised $5,000 to the family of Officer Oleg Pavlov. Debbie, Sam, and Austin Gryder – I cannot even begin to thank you enoughRead more

First HPD female detective Bacher, fired by Chief McPhail

M. D. Beale, Jr., Rt. HPD Sgt. on 04.7.22

Editor’s Note: This is the fourth and final part of a series by retired Park Place Ranger Sgt. M. D. Beale Jr. on Eva Jane Bacher, HPD’s first policewoman. There’s no report available from Detective Eva Jane Bacher before Sept. 1, 1917 or after April 1918.  She was terminated with several other officers on orRead more

Biggie was the dog for Officer Tran

Editorial Staff on 04.7.22

This week from BARC for #PawsAndPatrol, it wasn’t a BIG deal who Officer Tran was going to pick this week because Biggie was the dog for her! The Notorious Biggie has a lot on his mind at the shelter and is prone to bouts of self-reflection. This big boy has a million stories and snugglesRead more

The Way Home Adoption finding homes for foster children before ‘aging out’

Tom Kennedy, Editor on 04.7.22

Aging out can cause an increase in crime in Houston and any other place where the teenage population in foster homes gets a low priority. The Way Home Adoption organization was formed seven years ago to specifically address the stumbling blocks associated with this age-sensitive issue. Problems with ‘Aging-out’ This is the common term usedRead more

We can surely say a good time was had by all at the Gala

Gabriela Gregory, ATO Secretary on 04.7.22

Editor’s Note: Gabriela Gregory is an Assist the Officer Board Member and Secretary.  The Badge & Gun asked her to provide coverage of the most recent event, one of the most exciting events staged annually by ATO and HPOU.   From Mayor Sylvester Turner striking the infamous “Charlie’s Angels” pose with Gala Winners to theRead more

Another big HPOU event: The annual scholarship winners’ breakfast

Tom Kennedy, Editor on 04.7.22

Some 71 sons and daughters of HPOU members have made their suggestions about how the chief can lower the murder rate. These ambitious college-bound sons and daughters will be honored at the annual HPOU Scholarship breakfast at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 23 at the Breck Porter Building on the HPOU campus. HPOU Education Chairwoman RhondaRead more

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The Presidents Message

Transformational Change: What does it look like?

I am hearing a lot about this new “transformational change” classes that is provided by way of the Being First group.  While I support anything that improves our department, let me be clear when I say this, no change will come to the rank and file without the command staff being direct, respectful, and transparent.  I respect most of the command staff and understand that running the department is a difficult one.  You must walk a tight rope, one that allows you to play politics with the community and still have the respect of the troops.  I truly believe that you can do both and be an effective leader.

When I speak with the membership the top three issues are morale, discipline, and manpower.  All three are tied together, as discipline and manpower are the two things that direc

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If you read nothing else….READ THIS!

Members,

As most of you know, the HPOU has tried to put a spotlight on the mental health of our department.  Joe Gamaldi started out first Peer Support program with HOPA (Houston Officers Peer Assistance). Tim Whitaker has taken over the program in the last few years.  The program has been working very well but we still have officers out there struggling.  I have personally worked with 6 officers over the last two years who are dealing with either mental health issues or alcoholism issues or other addictions.  The stressors of this job have obviously increased over the last few years with the civil unrest, the defund the police movement, the vilification of officers, and now the increased crime spikes and attacks on law enforcement.

With the stress of this job, we are seeing more

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The Contract and More….

As many of you have heard, the Council unanimously approved the Meet and Confer contract with the City of Houston and the Houston Police Officers’ Union.  This is very important to understand that in a time when heavy changes are coming to most police contracts, ours came away with very little regarding giving up rights after we informed the City that there were many misconceptions being spread by a few community activists.  Officers questioned the 180 day rule for date of discovery versus date of incident in termination cases.  This was an area that I had to rely on our attorneys for.  All four of our attorneys as well as the contract attorneys we use all said that it would not have any real impact on out membership.  San Antonio,

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HPOU contract the product of long hours of hard work; It’s now in the hands of City Council for its approval

After four long months of going back and forth with the city, we now have a contract.  I want to first thank all of those who made it out to vote.  I am sad to say that only 1,600 of our 5,100 members voted in the ratification of the contract.

This is not unusual as we only had 1,891 vote in the last contract election.  The contract did pass with a vote of 1,101 voting for and 510 voting against.

Many of you asked questions about why we do not have online voting for the contract.  There are several reasons for this, including the fact that it is a labor contract, and we must be certain no one is voting for another person.

Secondly, we want officers to attend informational meetings or meet with someone who negotiated the contract before voting to make sure the officer received

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New Year doesn’t have the start we wanted – the manpower shortage And discipline policies that directly relate to the morale of all of us

Members, I know that we have all had a long couple of weeks.  With Redbook closures, COVID, mandatory overtime, it is obviously not the start we wanted to a new year.

I don’t want to be a downer, but it appears that this may not end anytime soon.

Manpower and discipline are still the largest issues on the minds of our members. We work constantly to try to remedy the issues when they come into the office.  Some we can fix and some we can’t.

Manpower will not be fixed for years, as it is getting harder and harder to find qualified applicants.  We are continually working on the discipline issue and hope we get the department to understand that discipline is directly related to the morale of the department.

Until we fix these issues, we will continue to lose good officers.

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