Obituaries

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

December

Editorial Staff on 12.3.20

ALANIZ Retired Senior Police Officer Robert G. Alaniz passed away on Friday, November 6, 2020, at the age of 66. He is survived by his wife, Irma M. Alaniz. Officer Alaniz began is law enforcement career on June 21, 1976 where he was assigned to the City of Houston Marshal’s Division and the City ofRead more

November

Editorial Staff on 11.5.20

ASHFORD Mrs. Avon Marie Ashford passed away on Thursday, October 8, 2020, at the age of 73. She is the Mother of Senior Police Officer Darrin R. Ashford, assigned to the Office of Planning and Data Governance. Services were held October 24 with burial in Glenwood, Illinois. BAILEY Mr. Earl E. Bailey, Sr. passed awayRead more

October

Editorial Staff on 10.5.20

BIRD Mr. Donald Bird passed away on Tuesday, September 1, 2020, at the age of 73. He is the brother of retired Lieutenant Ronald Bird who was last assigned to the Jail Division until his retirement on January 19, 1988. Services were held September 24 in The Woodlands. BYRD Mr. James Byrd Sr. passed awayRead more

September

Editorial Staff on 09.1.20

ALLEN Ms. Alice Faye Givens Allen passed away on Thursday, August 6, 2020, at the age of 73. She is the mother of Senior Police Officer Kenneth Miles, assigned to the Northeast Division. She is also the family member of Lieutenant Tiffany Jefferson, assigned to the Criminal Investigation Command; Sergeant Isaac Jefferson, assigned to theRead more

The Presidents Message

A new HPD chapter begins with Chief Finner; meanwhile in Austin, we have battles to fight

It has been a very busy couple of weeks here at the HPOU. We, like most of you, were surprised at the announcement that Chief Acevedo was taking the chiefs job in Miami.

With the quick announcement came a lot of questions and speculation. I have spoken with Chief Acevedo and he told me that this was a move that he did not expect, but after being offered the job and speaking with his wife felt that it would be good for the family.

I want to thank Chief Acevedo for his dedication to the City of Houston and its citizens. I know we did not always agree on issues or decisions, but I have a lot of respect for him as an individual and how he was never afraid to address tough issues.

Now for the next chapter of the Houston Police Department under our new chief, Troy Finner.

I first met

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Whether wintertime snow or spring or summer hurricanes, the Union hall will be on task to help all Houston police officers

I hope everyone made it through “snow-pacalypse” 2021. I know many of you are dealing with damage caused by the winter storm that hit us last week and our prayers are with you.

We were truly blessed here at the HPOU as we try to stay prepared for emergency events. Sunday evening, I was working the GRB warming center when Bobby Kessler contacted me regarding the ability to open the Union hall to give officers a warm place to come during the cold weather.  We agreed to get as much food and snacks as possible before the stores closed.

Upon leaving the GRB, I immediately went to the Union and met with Bobby,who had obtained an entire truckload of supplies.  We then opened the Union hall and provided snacks and drinks the first night.

We continued to operate the Union around the

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Could this be the end of proactive policing?

Most of you know me and know that I have been a proactive officer my entire career. This is the first time I have ever felt that we could be seeing the death of proactive policing.

Like most of you, I was astounded by the indictment of Officer Gallegos for Murder relating to the Harding Street raid from Jan. 28, 2019. Make no mistake about it, this is nothing more than TV justice for this district attorney.

I find it a little odd that she would bring this charge three days before the time limit for the family to file a wrongful death lawsuit. I also find it suspect that the attorney for the family is the same attorney that DA Ogg hired to work on the Arkima case, which was another case she filed for political reasons – and lost!

As I stated in my press conference, Officer Galleg

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New Year has new challenges, including PAC support, legislation

Happy New Year!

We can all agree that 2020 was a very stressful year. It all started with COVID 19, a virus that drastically changed all our lives. The political climate was high, as riots broke out, police reform was put at the forefront, and we sadly lost many of our brothers.

But as bad as it was, the rank and file of the Houston Police Department proved again why we are the best police department in the nation. Just like Hurricane Harvey, every officer went to work and did everything possible to keep the City of Houston from burning like other cities. We stayed Houston Strong!

The restraint and professionalism our officers demonstrated was very impressive. I received calls from other police unions around the nation praising our department for how we performed under pressure. I

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Thank you, Joe! Here’s to looking back and moving forward

Looking back over my time with the Union it is evident that I have worked with some really great leaders. As an HPOU board member, I had the good fortune to work with Gary Blankinship and J. J. Berry, who were class guys and taught me a lot about what a union should be and how it should function.

After taking J. J.’s place as 1st vice president in 2012, I had the honor of working with Ray Hunt and Joe Gamaldi, both of whom have been exceptional leaders for our great organization, and individuals that I am proud to call friends.

As most of you know, Joe worked very hard and burned a lot of time to prepare for the sergeant’s exam. In what should not be a surprise to anyone that he ended up number one on the list.

I am so very proud of his hard work and dedication to t

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