Thank Yous

Scholarship recipients

Editorial Staff on 09.2.21

Dear Ms. Williams, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the scholarship committee for selecting me as a recipient of the 2021 Houston Police Officers’ Union Scholarship Award. As an honored recipient, this award will help reduce the cost of tuition and fees, and allow me to support various academic and volunteer activitiesRead more

With gratitude from members…

Editorial Staff on 09.2.21

HPOU, Thank you so much for the beautiful plant, and kind words during the loss of my father.  I’m very thankful. Sincerely, T.L. McKnight   HPOU Staff, Thank you very much for sending the beautiful flower arrangement to my father’s funeral service.  I fully appreciated you doing this – the Robert “Bob” Gray Family. CraigRead more

With gratitude from members…

Editorial Staff on 08.5.21

Dear HPOU, Our heartfelt thank you for the lovely Croton plant you sent in memory of retired Sergeant Joel Welshons.  Your thoughtfulness was greatly appreciated. With warmest regards, Debbie Welshons and Family   Thank you for the beautiful plant for Morris Shofner. Brenda Elliott   Thank you so much for the beautiful plant.  We areRead more

With gratitude from members…

Editorial Staff on 07.1.21

The Family of Herman Heath – Thank you all for the beautiful Peace Lilly plant and for all of the love and support you have shown to our family. God Bless and keep each of you, Barbara Heath & Family   Thank you for your condolences and flowers in the passing of our son LeonardRead more

Scholarship recipients

Editorial Staff on 06.3.21

Dear HPOU, Thank you very much for the scholarship.  It will help further my expenses at Concordia University. Thank you, Caylee SpangleRead more

With gratitude from members…

Editorial Staff on 06.3.21

To: The Houston Police Officers’ Union On behalf of our family, I want to thank you all for the lovely plant you sent for my husband’s memorial service.  Your kindness and condolences certainly comforted our family! Sincerely, Joyce Briley 2-15-21   To the Board and Members of the HPOU, Thank you for honoring Karen SampsonRead more

With gratitude from members…

Editorial Staff on 05.6.21

  Thank you for the beautiful plant and kind words. The Family of Retired Sgt. James Pavalock   Dear HPOU Family, I want to thank you for the beautiful plant and sweet support given to me and my family during the illness and home going of our precious husband, dad, and papa, Rick Sepolio. WordsRead more

Scholarship recipients

Editorial Staff on 05.6.21

  Dear HPOU Selection Committee: I am extremely grateful for your consideration and generosity in selecting me for the 2021 HPOU Scholarship Award.  It makes me very proud to be the son of such an esteemed policeman, and this piece of such a legacy feels wonderful to have attained.  Thank you again for bestowing thisRead more

With gratitude from members…

Editorial Staff on 05.6.21

Thank you sincerely for sharing our sorrow.  Your kindness is deeply appreciated and will always be remembered.  Thank you, so much. -Christine Jahnke   Thank you for your kindness & thoughtfulness in the loss of my mother, Albert Low Matthews. Troy & Charlotte Howard, and Family   Dear HPOU Family, Thank you from the familyRead more

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The Presidents Message

As the deadline looms, there are still no answers from the city

We have been working very hard on the latest “mandate” from the mayor.  The very first time we heard about the mayor wanting to have vaccine mandates was during a weekly City Council meeting when he stated that he was looking into all city employees get vaccinated.  We immediately began to research if this was legal, and what we could do to prevent it.  Our attorneys reached out to the Labor Relations Institute and found that there was case law and actual Supreme Court rulings on this, though the Supreme Court case was 1905.  I believed that there must be other case law out that would prevent this from taking place.  We do have constitutional rights, right?

I know we have all paid very close attention to the Methodist Employee case.  The ruling from the court was that they can

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Interested in being a leader?

Leadership is a word tossed around by many to label the head of an organization.  But what is a real leader?  Is it a chief of police, is it the commander at the station, or is it the hard worker on your shift?

There are plenty of supervisors out there who think they are “leaders.” But let’s be honest, not every supervisor is a leader.  You can teach anyone to be a supervisor, but you cannot teach leadership.

Can you teach aspects of leadership?  Certainly. But we must also understand that there are certain aspects of leadership that cannot be taught or learned from a book.  Leadership is a calling, a feeling, a burning from inside that makes you want to do what you do.

True leaders will find a way to make things work in the worst of situations and a way that makes ever

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Message from HPOU President

Members,

As President of the organization, I get all the negative feedback from members regarding ever aspect of the department as well as the HPOU.  I often get frustrated when people come in and make comments without knowing what we really do here.  I recently had an officer come in and ask exactly what his dues go for every month?  Believe it or not, I appreciate people coming in and asking questions, and actually take an interest in what the organization does for them. I could tell he was frustrated, and this interaction give me the opportunity to show what we actually do (and brag a little). We spoke for almost an hour, and I believe that he was satisfied with what I had to say and felt more comfortable when he left.  But our conversation made me realize that we do not do a ver

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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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