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Thank You Notes

HPOU, Thank you and your board for sending the beautiful floral arrangement in remembrance of my mom. It truly touched us and brought comfort to our family. Your kindness and thoughtful gesture will never be forgotten. Sincerely, Mike  Houston Police Officers Union, Thank you for the beautiful green plant with the touch of a butterfly Read More

Obituatires

Leija Retired Senior Police Officer Ruben Leija, Jr. passed away on Dec. 12. He joined Police Academy Class No. 82 on June 5, 1978, and retired on Oct. 31, 2009.  He was last assigned to the Eastside Division.  During his career, he also served at the Northeast Division and Vice Division.  He is survived by Read More

Fallen Heroes: Solo Officer Winston Rawlins

March 29, 1982 Winston James Rawlins was born August 1, 1958. After he attended elementary school in Shepherd, Texas, his family moved to Houston where he graduated from Saint Thomas High School in 1976. Winston attended the University of Saint Thomas for two years and followed that with one year at Sam Houston State University Read More

Wheelchair Rugby a SMASH hit for second year in row

For the second year in a row HPOU board members participated in the Wheelchair Rugby SMASH tournament hosted by the Adaptive Athletics program at the University of Houston Campus Recreation and Wellness Center. The event took place on Nov. 15. Captained by HPD Assistant Chief Charlie Vasquez, HPOU fielded two teams of players consisting of Read More

Our ladies in blue – they first wore skirts with their badges and guns

While reminiscing about my academy days in the Houston Police Department, I noticed Sandy Byers (Womack) and Susan Loucks (Richards) were wearing skirts in Class No. 34’s picture.  I then remembered that for many years skirts and heels were the required uniform for female police officers. After all this drama, they lost the suspect and Read More

Officer safety paramount in 2015

Last month’s assassination of two of New York’s finest was a tragedy for the entire country.  It also should serve as a reminder to all of us that we can never let our guards down, especially in the current climate. The HPOU has been pushing for two-person units for several years as we believe it’s Read More

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