Editorials: New events and recognitions

Tom Kennedy

Another worthy first for HPOU members: Coptoberfest!

COPTOBERFEST WAS DESIGNED FOR TWO PURPOSES: FUN AND FUNDRAISING.

For the first time in history the back parking lot of the Houston Police Officers Union was converted to a beer garden for the HPOU Coptoberfest. It happened all day Saturday, Oct. 6.

The celebrative party was designed to imitate the best of the fall October Fests held all over Houston and the state of Texas. It was designed to feature live music, a beer garden (craft beer sampling), food trucks, a chili cookoff and a Jeep show and contest. The latter two entailed entry fees that included tickets for judging.

The stated purpose of Coptoberfest “is to have fun together while raising funds for Assist the Officer – Houston.”

Just as an added attraction was the screening of the Texas Aggies football game.

 

Followed by yet another worthy HPOU event – for our families!

FROM AN EXCITING OCTOBER EVENT TO ANOTHER ONE IN LESS THAN A MONTH. We’re talking here about the annual HPOU Family Picnic, totally and effectively rejuvenated after Hurricane Harvey postponed last year’s event, which has gone down as the Union’s most popular family outing on record.

It’s set for Saturday, Nov. 3 at a new venue – Oil Ranch in Hockley, off Highway 290 northwest of Houston.

Picnic Committee Chairman and HPOU Board Member Dan Levine has aptly noted the different activities available for the always-family-oriented HPOU members. Union members and their families will have the entire 50-acre facility available throughout the entire day, beginning at 10 a.m. and lasting until 8 p.m. Free food and drinks will be provided throughout the day (adults will be charged for alcoholic beverages). In addition, concession stand will provide sno cones and popcorn in an endless supply.

A rather large crowd is expected but there’s plenty of room for HPD family members of all ages.

 

And a hearty CONGRATULATIONS!

PLEASE READ THE EXCITING ACCOUNT OF A GREAT EXAMPLE OF POLICE WORK AND INTRA-AGENCY

Cooperation detailed in a note-worthy story in this edition of the Badge & Gun. The story provides in great detail the actions led by Sgts. Chris Andersen and David Helms in the

Long-noted as being the armored truck robbery capital of the world, Houston and its citizenry saw that informal designation take a serious image reversal with the strong teamwork and diligent work ethic of Andersen, Helms and many other officers and supervisors. The classic police work resulted in the removal of one of the country’s most infamous armored-car robbery crews – the one led by Reddick Batiste. You will read – as if you didn’t already know – that Batiste was DOA’ed at a shootout scene that included the arrest of the rest of his crew.

In recent years HPD officers have been recognized for excellence more often than usual – but still not often enough.

FBI Director Christopher Wray personally presented Andersen and Helms with what is known as the FBI Director’s Award for Excellence. It marked the first time HPD officers or sergeants have been so recognized. These two worked long hours, frequently going that all-too-familiar 24-7 to get the job done.

We say hats off here to Sgt. Chris Andersen and Sgt. David Helms for their excellent work.