Obituaries

January

Editorial Staff on 01.6.22

ANDERSON, OFFICER CHARLES E. (RETIRED) Retired Firearms Examiner Charles E. Anderson Sr. passed away on Wednesday, December 15, 2021, at the age of 92. He is survived by his wife Mrs. Sharon L. Anderson. Officer Anderson joined the Houston Police Department on December 29, 1962, Academy Class No. BC1. During his tenure with the department,Read more

December

Editorial Staff on 12.2.21

BISHOP, OFFICER MARION A. ‘MA’ (RETIRED) Retired Police Officer Marion A. “Ma” Bishop passed away on Sunday, November 7, 2021, at the age of 82. Officer Bishop joined the Houston Police Department on December 28, 1959, Academy Class No. 23. During his career with the department, he was assigned to the Traffic Point Control Division,Read more

November

Editorial Staff on 11.4.21

ACKER, SENIOR POLICE OFFICER SAMMIE L. (RETIRED) Retired Senior Police Officer Sammie L. Acker passed away on Saturday, September 25, 2021, at the age of 75. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Susan Acker. He was a Veteran of the United States Army. He joined the Houston Police Department on November 22, 1976, AcademyRead more

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

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The Presidents Message

Happy New Year – a year HPD begins with short staffs on the streets

Going into the new year, we always get excited and look forward to starting out fresh and getting things “in order”.  This year was no different as we rang in the new year trying to stay positive.  It can often be hard to look forward to a new year when we have so many big issues that we are facing as an organization.

First and foremost are the staffing issues that we are seeing at every station across the city.  I worked New Years eve at Southeast and roll call consisted of about six people for early side and another six for late side for two districts.  We were non-stop the entire night!

Our manpower issues are being exacerbated by the current Covid is spike. We had over 420 officers out as of New Year’s Day which is leading to dangerous situations on the streets. We must

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You may be asking: What is involved in Contract Negotiations?

Every time we work on a contract, we do a survey of what people would like to see in the contract.  In the last survey in 2020 we only had 51 members who responded, and it was obvious that most were supervisors. Since that survey, I have received about 40 more emails regarding the writers’ “wish list” for the contract. Overwhelmingly, pay was on the top of the list for items in the contract. Second was more time off.

We are only in our second meeting over the contract and are bound by a confidentiality agreement. So discussing issues is prohibited.  But I wanted everyone to know how the process works as many do not understand the intricacies of Meet and Confer.

Being in a right-to-work state, it is a process that seems to work better than collective bargaining.  In northern

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Changes in the IAD interview process and other important information every HPOU member needs to keep at hand

I have heard many people say that there are issues with the IAD process and oral interviews. Most are not aware that the ability to conduct oral interviews is in Chapter 143 of the Local Government code and has been in our contract since the first one in 1998.

Acevedo was the first chief to use the interview technique which he brought with him from Austin. We spoke with Chief Finner several times regarding the issues with the oral interviews and their effects on the morale of the department.  He met with us and agreed that not all cases should be oral interviews, and immediately changed the policy.

Now, oral interviews will be reserved for serious infractions that could be considered criminal, such as use of force or anything sexual in nature. This all being said, I believe it is im

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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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