Obituaries

June

Editorial Staff on 06.2.22

ABAD, CARMEN Mrs. Carmen Abad passed away on Wednesday, May 18, 2022, at the age of 79. She is the mother of Senior Police Officer Xavier Abad, assigned to the Recruiting Division and the mother-in-law of Senior Police Officer Johanna G. Abad, assigned to the Training Division. Services were held May 26 with burial inRead more

May

Editorial Staff on 05.5.22

BUI, JIMMY Mr. Jimmy Bui passed away on Monday, April 11, 2022, at the age of 60. He is the father of Police Officer Kevin Bui of the Westside Division. Services were held April 23 with burial in Earthman Resthaven Cemetery. BUTLER, SGT. STANLEY L. (RETIRED) Retired Sergeant Stanley L. Butler passed away on Saturday,Read more

April

Editorial Staff on 04.7.22

BOSTON, DONALD Mr. Donald Boston passed away on Saturday, February 26, 2022, at the age of 92. He is the stepfather of Administration Manager Timothy Palmer of the Office of Community Affairs Division. BROWN, JOYCE M. Retired Data Entry Operator Joyce M. Brown passed away on Tuesday, March 15, 2022, at the age of 75.Read more

March

Editorial Staff on 03.3.22

ANDERSON, KENTON DEAN Mr. Kenton Dean Anderson passed away on Friday, January 28, 2022, at the age of 53. He is the father of Police Officer Daniel G. McDonald, assigned to the Clear Lake Division. Services were held February 4. BELL, SENIOR POLICE OFFICER NATHANIEL A. JR. (RETIRED) Retired Senior Police Officer Nathaniel A. BellRead more

February

Editorial Staff on 02.3.22

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

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

1 2 3

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

Read more

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

Read more

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,

Read more

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

Read more

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.

Read more