Badge & Gun

From Jim Kilty to Gary Gryder the HPD softball tradition goes on

On April 8, 1976, Houston Police Officer James F. Kilty was shot and killed while attempting to serve a warrant. At the time of his death there was an active police softball community in Houston, and so it wasn’t long before the James F. Kilty softball tournament was born. Sponsored by the Houston Police Officers Read More

Fallen Heroes: Officer R. Q. Wells

July 30, 1927 Early in the morning hours of Saturday, July 30, 1927, Short Call Officers R.Q. Wells and M. A. Gresham were summoned to a call at the home of a W. A. Stallings, who had been found dead at his home from a gunshot wound. With Officer Wells driving, the officers approached the Read More

Civilian Employees and HPD Officers

There are over 5100 Classified employees and more than 1200 Civilian employees who work at the Houston Police Department. Civilians make up about 23% of the HPD workforce.   If you are an officer assigned to patrol, working evenings or nights with days off during the week you probably will not encounter many HPD civilian Read More

Here’s the schedule for this year’s Police Week

The Houston Police Department will observe National Police Week from Monday, May 14 through Friday, May 18. The purpose of this observance is to increase the public’s awareness of the role of police officers and it is during this week that we remember and honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice of their lives Read More

Other Operation Lone Star Future Plans

On January 19, 2012, while on a combat mission a CH53D helicopter assigned to US Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 363, the Red Lions, crashed in the mountains of Afghanistan. Six marines, including Corporal Joey Logan, son of HPD Retirees Tom and Debi Logan, were killed. To honor the memories of these young men Tom and Read More


In early December Operation Lone Star placed 100 Christmas wreaths on veterans’ graves at Brookside Cemetery on I-69 North and another 100 Christmas wreaths on veterans’ graves at Rosewood Cemetery on Rankin Road in Humble. We also mailed Christmas care packages to troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.   Warriors Heart, a rehab facility for veterans Read More

Operation Lone Star steadfast in continuing to honor heroes

0200 hours, Jan. 17, 1971. Three squads of Recon Platoon, 1st Battalion, 52nd Infantry, 198th Light Infantry Brigade, Americal Division are approaching the South Vietnamese village of Quant Ngai, a known Viet Cong stronghold. Their mission is to kill or capture returning Viet Cong fighters. The vegetation is difficult to penetrate as the 3 squads Read More

Weber and Rivera named Patrol Officers of the Month

HPOU presented its Patrol Officers of the Month honor to Officers L. Weber and J. Rivera in the April general membership meeting. Sgt. Luis Menendez-Sierra detailed the event that earned these two officers the honor. He said last May 7 Weber and Rivera responded to a call regarding a suspicious person with a weapon at Read More

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