Obituaries

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

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

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The Presidents Message

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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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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