Thank Yous

Scholarship recipients

Editorial Staff on 06.2.22

Sgt. Rhonda Williams and the HPOU, I was honored to receive a 2022 HPOU Scholarship.  It was a pleasure to attend the Scholarship Breakfast and being acknowledged.  Thanks to you and the Scholarship Committee, I will be attending the University of Oklahoma in the fall of 2022.  I plan to major in meteorology.  This scholarshipRead more

With gratitude from members…

Editorial Staff on 06.2.22

Thank you, for thinking of myself and family during this most difficult time on the loss of my father. SPO Swannah Wheeler   Dearest Brothers & Sisters at the Houston Police Officers’ Union, Please understand how honored my late husband, Allen Tharling, was to have served with HPD.  Some of the best years of hisRead more

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Editorial Staff on 05.5.22

Houston Police Officers’ Union, Thank you for sending such a beautiful plant.  The Peace Lilly continues to be a reminder of Bert Preciado’s celebration of life and the 31 years he proudly served as a Houston Police Officer. Thank you for your love support. Forever grateful, Preciado Family   The Houston Police Officers’ Union, ThankRead more

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Editorial Staff on 04.7.22

The family of Ronald House would like to thank you for the beautiful creston plant that was sent at the time of his memorial service.  It was a kind and thoughtful gesture. With sincere thanks, The House Family   To the member of the Houston Police Officers’ Union, Thank you so much for the beautifulRead more

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Editorial Staff on 03.3.22

HPOU – Jennifer, Chaplain, Shephard, & Color Guard, We very much appreciate the assistance and dedication honoring my husband, 1/14/22.  And thank you also for the beautiful Lily plant.  Everyone was very pleased with the whole service and graveside. Mrs. Carolyn Hann and Family   Your kind and thoughtful expression of sympathy is deeply appreciatedRead more

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Editorial Staff on 02.3.22

Dear HPOU Family, On behalf of the “Walden” Family, please accept our deep gratitude for sending the lovely plant in honor and memory of our mother, Idabel, widow of retired HPD- Willard L. Walden.  OUr family remains staunch supporters of our Houston Police family. Thank you, Linda Walden Taylor   HPOU & the Board ofRead more

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Editorial Staff on 01.6.22

Houston Police Officers’ Union Board of Directors, The kindness you have shown will always be remembered. Thank you all for the prayers & beautiful spread of flowers! Blessings, The Gumkes, R.R.   Dear HPOU, Thank you so much for the beautiful plant for my mother’s funeral.  We do appreciate you thoughtfulness. The Spires Family  Read more

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Editorial Staff on 12.2.21

During a time like this we learn how much our friends and family really mean to us. Your expression of sympathy will always be remembered. The Hibert Family   Houston Police Officers’ Union, Thank you for the beautiful flowers.  We appreciate your thoughtfulness and support. Sincerely, Riojas Family   The family of Kenneth R. Motley,Read more

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Editorial Staff on 11.4.21

Dear HPOU Family – Thank you all for the beautiful house plant.  My mom would have loved it!  We appreciate the thoughtfulness. Words will never be enough to express my family’s gratitude for the love and support along the way for my family.  You all are a very special group of individuals.  We love andRead more

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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

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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

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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,

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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

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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.

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