November 2015

In this issue:

Bishop Floyd Lewis’ successor has same goal – praise good police work and use the facts and trustworthy relationships in bad times

Tom Kennedy

Bishop Floyd Lewis served 27 years as HPD’s volunteer chaplain, doing the Lord’s work to help officers and comfort their families in times of crisis. In recent years the bishop developed “Thumbs Up,” a program that entails a citizen’s common yet meaningful signal to Houston officers – or any first responder for that matter – Read More Read more

IAH officers hit the dumpster, dump ground to retrieve purse and $12,000 ring for victim

Tom Kennedy

Two officers at Bush Intercontinental Airport may have set a standard for doing a very dirty police job – a successful garbage-infested effort that retrieved a $12,000 wedding ring and several hundred dollars in cash for a victim. It all happened on Aug. 24, as recounted by Sgt. Bridget Lummus at the HPOU’s October general Read More Read more

HPOU names Diaz Patrol Officer of the Month

Tom Kennedy

The HPOU recognized Officer Julissa Diaz as the Patrol Officer of the Month in the October general membership meeting. Here’s why: On Sept. 24shortly after midnight Officer Diaz was conducting proactive traffic enforcement in the 9400 block of Blackhawk Boulevard when she stopped a speeding vehicle and noticed that “something was not right.” Initially Diaz Read More Read more

This year’s spectacular features bigger, shadier facility with larger game truck, unlimited snow cones, hot food

Tom Kennedy

HPOU’s ever-popular 4th Annual Family Picnic is on pace to top last year’s fun with a bigger game truck for the youngsters, as well as bounce houses, snow cones and an exciting raffle in which the winner will receive a brand new PlayStation 4. Remember that new location: the Houston Farm and Ranch Club, 1 Read More Read more

Joseph Montemayor wears his HPOU hockey jersey while competing internationally in Ice Sled Hockey

Mike Ybanez

In 1975 Joseph Montemayor was a student at Harvard Elementary in the Heights. Like other kids of that era, he thought nothing of using the local train as a short cut to catch a ride to his house. Joseph did this many times until one day he slipped and fell. He was caught beneath the Read More Read more

HPOU-backed project: Wheelchair Rugby a ‘smashing’ success at UH

Mike Ybanez

The Union’s effort to demonstrate that police officers are good folks who are also human took a giant step on Oct.13 when a group of HPD officers served free snow cones to 3-year-old kids, a high school football team and even senior adults in a low-income apartment area on the east side. Event coordinator Tim Read More Read more

HPD History: Back in the Olden Days, sergeants were kings

M. D. Beale

I started the Houston Police Department on May 6, 1968 and graduated with Class No. 38 on Aug. 28, 1968, after 16 weeks of HPD Academy training. We had 78 selected and I believe that 72 showed up that first Monday and one man left at the first coffee break and later denied he’d even Read More Read more

Are You A Heart Attack Waiting to Happen? Why You Need Give Up Your Sedentary Life.

Kelsey-Siebold Staff

How many hours a day do you spend sitting in a squad car, behind a desk, writing reports, in your easy chair at home, or on a stadium bench watching little league? It likely adds up to more than you think. TV shows portray police work as an intense, high-activity profession, but the truth is, there Read More Read more

Knowing Your Numbers Might Save Your Life

Kelsey-Siebold Staff

Blood pressure is a key indicator for determining your risk of developing serious illnesses. Controlling your blood pressure can help safeguard your life. High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, is the most common cardiovascular disease. Left uncontrolled, high blood pressure, along with heart disease, can be a contributing factor in causing a stroke, kidney Read More Read more

Psych Services: Christmas ‘stuff’ and other causes of troublesome debt

Lisa Garmezy

Financial guru Dave Ramsey identifies debt as the biggest killer of marriages. I’d say it’s complacency, which is just as dangerous to officers’ marriages as it is to officers. But debt is also toxic. As we enter the Christmas spending season, let’s look at how money problems grow. Everyone has bills. We spend on basic Read More Read more

November 2015 Obituaries

Tom Kennedy

ALANIZ Mr. Roberto Alaniz passed away on Tuesday, September 22, 2015.  He is the father of Senior Police Officer Robert Alaniz, assigned to the Special Operations Division.  He was a United States Marine Veteran and a highly decorated Chef.  Services were held Sept. 24 with burial in Houston National Cemetery. BABINEAUX Mr. Joseph Kenneth Babineaux Read More Read more

November 2015 Thank You Notes to HPOU

Tom Kennedy

Dear HPOU Board of Directors, It is difficult to find words to express how thankful we are for your expression of love to our family during this truly difficult time. Thank you for your thoughtful and kind card of condolences. It was a comfort to our entire family. Sincerely, Mark Foster And the Family of Read More Read more

Dear tkscolls, It looks like there is a big chip out of the base of the butter dish. It’s in the lower right-hand side in both pictures. I just wanted to verify if that is the case. Thank you for your time. Owen S.

Tom Kennedy

All things work together for good when the right partners coalesce and make a dynamic decision that benefits the good guys. HPOU found a worthy partner with Clear Channel Outdoor, which runs billboards of various sizes throughout the Greater Houston area and the rest of the nation. Actually, as the story goes, Clear Channel “found” Read More Read more