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 clock until the following Friday night at 10 p.m. During this time, we were working with the department to get food and supplies to stations, many of which were without power or water. I want to say thank you to all of the officers and board members who came over to help the Union operate around the clock.
We hope we will not have to do this again in the future, but rest assured, if we have an emergency, the HPOU will be here ready to do what we can for all officers.
Adm Staff to Patrol
We have received a ton of calls after the chief decided to have administrative staff around the department ride patrol one day a week.
We immediately asked to meet with the chief and did so several days after the information surfaced. After several back-and-forth conversations between the HPOU, the chief and the EACs, we are still working on this issue and will do our best to keep everyone advised as to our follow-up meetings.
As always, stay safe and feel free to contact me or any board member should you have questions.