Obituaries

October

Editorial Staff on 10.7.21

ADAMS, MRS. NOBLE Mrs. Nobie J. Adams passed away on Wednesday, September 8, 2021, at the age of 66. She is the mother of Lieutenant J’Marcus C. Adams, assigned to the Internal Affairs Division. Services were held September 18  with burial in Cuero. BEREGSZASZY, LASZLO J. Deputy Administrator Laszlo J. Beregszaszy passed away on Wednesday,Read more

September

Editorial Staff on 09.2.21

ADAMS Retired Sergeant Richard L. Adams passed away on Friday, July 30, 2021, at the age of 73. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Sharon Adams. He joined the Houston Police Department on February 2, 1970, Academy Class No. 43. During his tenure with the department, he was assigned to the Central, Jail, Southwest,Read more

August

Editorial Staff on 08.5.21

BELL Retired Sergeant James H. Bell, Sr. passed away on Saturday, July 24, 2021. He joined the Houston Police Department on July 11, 1950, Academy Class No. 4. Retired Sergeant James H. BOROWSKI Retired Senior Police Officer Edward Borowski, Jr. passed away on Thursday, July 15, 2021, at the age of 60. He is survivedRead more

July

Editor Staff on 07.1.21

BANKS Mr. Cedric D. Banks passed away on Friday, June 4, 2021, at the age of 59. He is the father of Police Officer Karen R. Banks, assigned to the Northeast Division. Services were held June 11 with burial in Houston Memorial Gardens. BLOUNT Retired Police Officer Ralph E. Blount passed away on Tuesday, JuneRead more

June

Editorial Staff on 06.3.21

 BEASLEY Mrs. Francis P. Beasley passed away on Friday, May 14, 2021, at the age of 79. She is the mother of Senior Police Officer Donald Gene Sealy, Jr., assigned to the Employee Services Division/Honor Guard. Services were held May 20 with burial in Rosewood Memorial Park. BOOZIER Mr. Spencer N. Boozier passed away onRead more

May

Editorial Staff on 05.6.21

ALLEN Mrs. Elizabeth “Betty” Allen passed away on Sunday, April 25, 2021, at the age of 80. She is the mother of Sergeant Jennifer L. Allen, assigned to the Auto Theft Division. Services were held May 1 in Mexia with burial in Mexia Cemetery. BAKER Mrs. Dorothy B. Baker passed away on Saturday, April 10,Read more

April

Editorial Staff on 04.1.21

BACON Mr. Gregory Bacon passed away on Monday, March 8, 2021, at the age of 61.  He is the brother of Senior Office Assistant Sheryl Bacon, assigned to the Internal Affairs Division. Services were held March 20. BAKER Mrs. Anna Baker passed away on Friday, February 19, 2021, at the age of 82. She isRead more

March

Editorial Staff on 03.4.21

ALLEN Mr. Harold L. Allen passed away on Thursday, January 28, 2021, at the age of 93. He is the father of Sergeant Jennifer L. Allen, assigned to the Auto Theft Division. Services were held January 31 in Mexia. BALL Mrs. Willie D. Ball passed away on Saturday, January 23, 2021, at the age ofRead more

February

Editorial Staff on 02.3.21

ALTUNTAS Kadem Altuntas passed away on Friday, January 22, 2021, at the age of 68. She is the mother-in-law of Commander Y. Bashir, assigned to Major Assaults & Family Violence Division. Funeral services was held in Kayseri, Turkey. BAILEY Ms. Verrita K. Bailey passed away on Friday, January 22, 2021, at the age of 55.Read more

January

Editorial Staff on 01.8.21

ALCANTAR Mr. Elpidio Damian Alcantar, Jr. passed away on Friday, December 11, 2020, at the age of 42. He is the brother of Sergeant Carlos F. Alcantar, assigned to the Eastside Division. ARANZETA Mr. Eugenio “Albert” Aranzeta passed away on Saturday, November 21, 2020, at the age of 67. He is the father of PoliceRead more

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The Presidents Message

As the deadline looms, there are still no answers from the city

We have been working very hard on the latest “mandate” from the mayor.  The very first time we heard about the mayor wanting to have vaccine mandates was during a weekly City Council meeting when he stated that he was looking into all city employees get vaccinated.  We immediately began to research if this was legal, and what we could do to prevent it.  Our attorneys reached out to the Labor Relations Institute and found that there was case law and actual Supreme Court rulings on this, though the Supreme Court case was 1905.  I believed that there must be other case law out that would prevent this from taking place.  We do have constitutional rights, right?

I know we have all paid very close attention to the Methodist Employee case.  The ruling from the court was that they can

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Interested in being a leader?

Leadership is a word tossed around by many to label the head of an organization.  But what is a real leader?  Is it a chief of police, is it the commander at the station, or is it the hard worker on your shift?

There are plenty of supervisors out there who think they are “leaders.” But let’s be honest, not every supervisor is a leader.  You can teach anyone to be a supervisor, but you cannot teach leadership.

Can you teach aspects of leadership?  Certainly. But we must also understand that there are certain aspects of leadership that cannot be taught or learned from a book.  Leadership is a calling, a feeling, a burning from inside that makes you want to do what you do.

True leaders will find a way to make things work in the worst of situations and a way that makes ever

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Message from HPOU President

Members,

As President of the organization, I get all the negative feedback from members regarding ever aspect of the department as well as the HPOU.  I often get frustrated when people come in and make comments without knowing what we really do here.  I recently had an officer come in and ask exactly what his dues go for every month?  Believe it or not, I appreciate people coming in and asking questions, and actually take an interest in what the organization does for them. I could tell he was frustrated, and this interaction give me the opportunity to show what we actually do (and brag a little). We spoke for almost an hour, and I believe that he was satisfied with what I had to say and felt more comfortable when he left.  But our conversation made me realize that we do not do a ver

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Attitudes toward officers makes proactive policing very difficult, yet we HPD officers have more support than officers in most big cities

I came onto the Houston Police Department in 1990 in class No. 142.  During my entire career I have been incredibly proud of the department and consider it one of the best police departments in the nation.

I can recall times when other departments would look to Houston and ask us to help train other departments.  We have led the nation with our innovative homeless outreach and mental health response teams (CIRT).  I have always considered myself a proactive officer being in the Gang Task Force, Divisional Gang Unit, and the Tact Team at Southeast.

I know firsthand that proactive policing is necessary to keep crime rates down and the community safe.  If it were not for great proactive patrol officers and line level Tac and Gang units, the City of Houston would have been crime ridd

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Let’s discuss professionalism, which now begins with the old adage: Watch your language

Members,

I’m sure that it is easy for those in Command to look at body camera videos and determine what you should be doing and saying in the streets, but we all know the realities of a high-stress scene.

Over the last few years, I have sat on the Administrative Discipline Committee fighting for officers over discipline recommendations. With the introduction of the Body Worn Camera systems there was a quick downturn on discipline cases as the cameras were somewhat of a shock to our system.

The department found that officers were much more professional when on camera. Over the years I have noticed that officers curse quite a bit on video, which has not been a problem when dealing with violent suspects.

As we all know, over the last year there has been a lot more scrutiny over

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