February 2015

In this issue:

Thank You Notes

Texas Police Trust In care of Mr. Mitchell It’s a new year and it’s already been busy. Buckaroo is back in the barn full time to get her fully ready for the show in March. I took her to a show at the beginning of January, and she was second in all her classes. Since Read More Read more

Obituaries

Moore Retired Senior Police Officer James E. Moore, 67, passed away on Dec. 27. He joined Police Academy Class No. 35 on May 1, 1967.  He was assigned to the Mayor’s Security Detail.  James retired after 36 years on April 1, 2003.  He is survived by his wife, Sharon Moore, and brother, retired Senior Police Read More Read more

Union adds ‘Proud Supporter of Houston Police’ T-shirt to the HPOU collection available to public

HPOU – as one might expect – is doing all it can to counteract all the recent negative police publicity by offering pro-police t-shirts to friends and supporters at cost. HPOU’s Lisa Marino told the Badge & Gun that HPD LOVE shirts are available in sizes Adult Small to 2XL in both Daily Yellow or Read More Read more

Psych Services: While policing stress grows, so do pro-police activities

Lisa Garmezy

“This could be our finest hour.” That real quote was used in the film “Apollo 13,” the story of a potential disaster that highlighted NASA’s strengths. The line came to mind when I had the rare opportunity to ask Assistant Chiefs Slinkard and Vazquez and SRG’s Lt. Randy Upton about the stress of policing in Read More Read more

Operation Lone Star ends, begins the year with smiles

Jim Conley

Operation Lone Star-Texans Supporting Our Troops ended the old year and began the new one with visits to military personnel at San Antonio Military Medical Center at Fort Sam Houston and the Audie Murphy Veterans Memorial Hospital. I entered her room and immediately recognized her from our August visit. She had been severely injured in Read More Read more

This year’s HPOU Scholarship topic poses changing vocational education

This year’s HPOU Scholarship topic is very thought-provoking as always. As usual, the scholarship applicants must express their opinions in a special essay entry that is required to meet a deadline set for 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 27. Entrants must be dependents of an active or retired HPOU member. And each one must be a Read More Read more

Fallen Heroes: Officer David Duncan Murdock

Nelson Zoch

David Duncan Murdock was born in Bryan, Texas on August 31, 1884. His parents were Mr. and Mrs. J. H. (Ella) Murdock. He came to the Houston Police Department on October 15, 1920, from Bryan, where he had been employed as a deputy sheriff and constable. The best information about David Murdock’s fate comes from Read More Read more

HPD Honor Guard learns from Arlington’s ‘Old Guard’

HPD’s Honor Guard recently traveled to Fort Myer, Virginia and trained with the US Army’s 3rd Infantry – known as “the Old Guard” – at Arlington National Cemetery. Honor Guard member and HPD Capt. Greg Fremin stated, “It was a rarity and a great honor for our Honor Guard to be allowed to do this Read More Read more

Essay: Officers must remember they get only one mistake

Barbara A. Schwartz

As a law enforcement officer, you only get one mistake. No other occupation on the planet gets only one. At graduation, when the department issues you a badge and uniform, tey should give you a certificate that reads: Good for only one mistake. In law enforcement, when you use up that one, single, solitary mistake Read More Read more

Sgt. Klevens, aka B. K. Klev, has a special detailed definition of ‘the thin blue line’ and sees that line ‘drawn’ at a unique extra job

As every police officer knows, the “thin blue line” is a term that suggests that they stand between an ordered society and potential chaos. Klev readily advised the officer that she consider having the artist put a thin blue line through the inked image. He pointed out that it’s very common for officers to include Read More Read more

Eric Fagan has long record (29 years) as an HPD officer who puts God first

Officer Eric Fagan has his priorities straight. Ask him and he will tell you that he puts God first in his life, followed by his family and his career with HPD. He also will point out that God goes very well in the mix. As a city marshal, he was at an apartment complex on Read More Read more

Sergeant, two officers share Investigator of Month honor

Sgt. Warren Meeler of the Homicide Division successfully nominated three officers for HPOU’s Investigator of the Month honor in HPOU’s January general membership meeting. Meeler presented the award to Officer Jennifer Medel of the Robbery Division and Sgt. Myron Dillingham and Senior Police Officer J. P. Villareal, both from Homicide. Investigative work by these three Read More Read more

Editorial: Union participating in Fagan’s plan To attend worship in black churches

IF NOT CAREFUL, CITIZENS WILL LOOK AT THE HOUSTON POLICE DEPARTMENT and quickly judge its operation by using a scary formula developed by the national news media covering a story in Ferguson, Missouri. No department is perfect when the job comes to ethnic diversity and the handling of policing the minority communities. No city is Read More Read more

Our contract, Austin issues and Local elections

Ray Hunt

As of the writing of this column, Jan. 31, our contract is nearing completion.  I anticipate it being complete and posted online soon after the Feb. 5 general membership meeting. Hard copies will be available at the HPOU.  Explanation sessions will be held at the Union around the clock for several days.  Voting also will Read More Read more