Thank Yous

With gratitude from members…

Editorial Staff on 04.1.21

The Houston Police Officers’ Union, Words cannot express how thankful our family is for remembering us during this time.  The beautiful flowers brought each of us comfort.  We are truly blessed by your thoughtfulness. Helen Hammer & Family   Houston Police Officers’ Union, Thank you for the beautiful plant sent to Arthur Price’s funeral.  ArthurRead more

With gratitude from members…

Editorial Staff on 03.4.21

The family of Florence Bratton (Grandma of Officer Ty Bratton and mom & mom/law to Retired Officers Terry & Melanie Bratton) all very grateful for the beautiful floral arrangement.  Thank you for honoring her death by your thoughtful gift. Sincerely, Bratton Family   Thank you so much for the lovely arrangement you sent for ourRead more

With gratitude from members…

Editorial Staff on 02.3.21

We want to thank you for your beautiful peace lily in your expression of sympathy.  From the family of Gary Loafman. (Jeffrey Michaels) Dad   Thank you for your kindness & the beautiful plant. Sam Piccolo   Dear Ladies and Gentlemen of the Houston Police Officers’ Union, My family and I want to thank youRead more

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

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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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