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, who are smart, motivated people that have been groomed, trained and guided to take over this organization and achieve even greater success. In the meantime, I will do everything in my power to make sure the transition is a smooth one for all of us.
But this does not mean I plan on stepping out of the fray. I am going to continue my role as national vice president of the Fraternal Order of Police. I assure you all that I will provide a strong voice for the hard-working men and women of law enforcement across this country. I will work for as long as it takes to turn the tide and remind Americans who we are and what we stand for.
You may have seen in the news recently a grant came up for City Council approval that would allow for the purchase of protective helmets for all officers in the Houston Police Department. Almost immediately we began to hear grumbling that certain council members would be voting no, simply because it involved funding for the police department. Never mind that this was for protective equipment and we literally just had an officer hit in the head with a brick, people were actually thinking twice about this.
We engaged with council members and explained the importance of this equipment and that even if you didn’t care about the safety of police officers, this is purely a financial decision. One officer hit with a brick resulting in a traumatic brain injury would easily cost more than price of all of the helmets combined.
Thankfully, after some conversation it was put on the next council agenda and passed with only one “no” vote from Council Member Leticia Plummer. Her explanation for voting “no” was because another council member offended her during the discussion portion of this important agenda item. Can’t make this stuff up, folks.
Thanks to the quick action of the HPOU and being willing to sit down and discuss issues, this significant item was passed, and HPD officers will be present at the next riot with the necessary safety equipment in place.
As you know, we began contract negotiations literally a week before the Covid19 lockdowns began in March. As a result, we have been on hold since then and have not had any meetings with the City. We anticipate continuing negotiations in the next few months. Moving forward we will notify you when contract negotiations ramp back up and of course when we have a final product it will be rolled out to you promptly for you to vote on it.
As always, be safe out there.