Thank Yous

With gratitude from members…

Editorial Staff on 01.8.21

Dear HPOU, Thank you so much for the plant you sent following my daughter Erin’s passing.  Your expression of sympathy is truly appreciated. -Glenn Riddle   Dear HPOU, Thank you so much for the beautiful croton plant you sent to R.D.’s memorial service.  The HPOA/HPOU held a special place in his heart and he lovedRead more

Community appreciation

Editorial Staff on 01.8.21

Keep up the good fight!  As I honor those who have served to keep my country strong, safe, and free, I will be remembering you and those who served beside you.  Thank you for being there when your country – and all Americans – needed you! -Edward Sweat, Ret. LEORead more

With gratitude from members…

Editorial Staff on 12.3.20

Thank you for the beautiful plant.  We really appreciate the thoughtfulness during our loss. -David Russell and Family   Thank you all for the flowers and support during this difficult time. God Bless, Chuck Kennedy   Dearest Police Family, Thank you all so much for the beautiful croton plant for dad’s funeral. We cannot expressRead more

With gratitude from members…

Editorial Staff on 11.5.20

Dear HPOU, The family would like to thank you for the beautiful garden dish of various green plants.  Your thoughtfulness is greatly appreciated at this difficult time. Sincerely, Evelyn, Michael & Peggy, James & Michelle, Diane, Grandchildren, and Great GrandchildrenRead more

Community appreciation

Editorial Staff on 11.5.20

May God bless you all and protect and guide you all always. Sincerely with love, Nicole & Edward Cardoza and FamilyRead more

With gratitude from members…

Editorial Staff on 10.5.20

Thank you so very much for the plant. -The Aranza Family   Thank you for the beautiful flowers you had sent to the funeral home. Sincerely, The Jimmie Schielack Family   Dear Union Members, Thank you so much for the plant to honor the life of my husband.  He truly enjoyed his work/career with theRead more

Community appreciation

Editorial Staff on 10.5.20

“Greater love hath no one than this: That a person lays down their life for a friend” – Jesus He knows you run to danger when others run from it.  What courage!  With great gratitude for your courageous service to our city and our on going prayers for your wisdom and service with safety andRead more

With gratitude from members…

Editorial Staff on 09.1.20

The Houston Police Officers’ Union, Thank you so much for the beautiful plant you sent in honor of Mrs. Emma Benavides. Always, Edna L. Benavides, SPO-IAH   Dear Members of HPOU, On behalf of your family, we’d like to thank you for the beautiful plant you sent in memory of Bobby Newton Clark.  A specialRead more

Community appreciation

Editorial Staff on 09.1.20

Dear Houston Police Officer’s Union, Thank you so much for sending your support to Bridger.  He would have loved to send personalized cards to everyone, but he is still working on his spelling and penmanship.  That is why we, Bridger’s family, are helping him send out a thank you. We are so grateful for yourRead more

With gratitude from members…

Editorial Staff on 08.3.20

Thank you for the lovely flowers & card.  My dad would have loved them & my mom appreciated them greatly. -Dana Crawford & Family   Dear HPOU, Thank you for the beautiful arrangement you sent to Thomas and family for his memorial service to honor him. Sincerely, Nelda Klawiter, Klawiter Family, & Sztraky FamilyRead more

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The Presidents Message

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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Watch Each Other’s Backs! And let us never forget our hero, Sgt. Harold Preston

Editor’s note: Due to deadlines, this article was written prior to election results.

If it seems like not a day passes without you seeing in the news that another police officer was shot in the United States, you are right.

There has been a police officer shot every 28 hours this year That’s 255 as of Nov. 1.

Forty officers made the ultimate sacrifice as a result of that gunfire. While some politicians and news media pundits pontificate that there is no war on police officers, the statistics tell a very different story.

More than the last two years we have seen more than a 26 percent increase in police officers being shot. The current numbers show that it is not slowing down. In fact, it is getting worse – too far out of hand!

I will always express hope that t

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Get the word one more time: Get out there, support our worthy candidates but, by all means, VOTE!

I feel like I write this article every year, and every year it becomes more and more important that you get out to vote.

In case you have been living under a rock, we are living in very tumultuous times, especially if you are a police officer. Now more than ever it is your DUTY as a police officer to not only vote, but make sure that you educate your friends, family, co-workers, fellow church goers and anyone else you know on the issues important to us and who to vote for.

Then you need to follow up with folks to make sure they vote. You may need to give them a ride, you may need to take them with you. Be sure to go the extra mile because every vote counts in this election. One seat lost, flipped, one race won or lost can make all the difference in protection of our rights as police

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Here’s news you will hear from me and not through the rumor mill

Before the HPD/HPOU rumor mill gets going too quickly, I want to share with you all that my current term ending in December 2021 will be my last as the president of the HPOU.

It has been the honor of a lifetime to be your elected voice in Houston. For the last 10 years I have poured my heart and soul into the Houston Police Officers Union, working tirelessly to take care of every single one of you and your families.

Many have already asked, and I am sure more will, why now? This is purely a family decision, as I would like to spend more time with my daughters as they grow up. This 24/7/365 job as president is not always conducive to spending quality family time.

Do not fret, if you haven’t noticed the HPOU has become an eclectic mix of youth/experience, patrol/investigations, wh

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