April 2016

In this issue:

Citizens Police Academy Alum’s ‘Officer of the Year’ honor presented to Houston Senior Police Officer Kevin M. Hunt

Tom Kennedy

The Houston Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association has presented Senior Officer Kevin Montrelle Hunt with its annual Lynn B. Clooney Memorial Award as the 2017 Officer of the Year “in recognition of his outstanding leadership and tireless efforts to foster a strong relationship amongst HPD officers and the community.” The alumni association’s Andrea Schmauss read Read More Read more

Thank You Notes to the HPOU

Tom Kennedy

Houston Police Officers Union, I wish to thank you for your expression of sympathy with the beautiful rubber plant. I would also like to express my sincere thank you to the Houston Police Honor Guard for the beautiful ceremony at the gravesite. And thank you to chaplain officer Montgomery for the wonderful talk he gave Read More Read more

April 2016 Obituaries

Tom Kennedy

BALDERAS Retired Senior Jail Attendant Leonard Balderas passed away on Sunday, February 7, 2016, at the age of 63. He is survived by his wife, Elva G. Balderas. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He joined the Houston Police Department on February 20, 1984. Senior Jail Attendant Leonard Balderas retired on September 1, Read More Read more

Psych Services: What makes you feel loved is not necessarily what makes your partner feel loved

Lisa Garmezy

Before you read on, answer this: What’s the worst thing your significant other does? Does she put you down in front of friends? Reject your advances night after night? Ignore you but make time for others? “Forget” to take care of the simplest request? Your answer may reveal how you speak The Five Love Languages. Read More Read more

McClelland’s street experiences and long-time friendships Enabled him to work well with Labor (his HPD troops)

Tom Kennedy

THE HIGHLY PRAISED TENURE OF POLICE CHIEF CHARLES McCLELLAND undoubtedly underscores the unquestionable reasons why he ends almost 40 years with HPD on a positive note. Chief McClelland gained experience as a seasoned street cop who rose through the ranks of the nation’s fifth largest police department. He survived two life-threatening experiences on the streets Read More Read more

Homicide Officers Klementich and Colbert chosen HPOU’s Investigators of the Month for February

Tom Kennedy

In HPD’s Homicide Division, partners Robert Klementich and Todd Colbert have a 100 percent clearance rate. It’s easy to see a major reason why when you hear the details of their apprehension of a vicious killer in an investigation that resulted in the two being named HPOU Investigators of the Month. Homicide Sgt. J. D. Read More Read more

Well, look who’s at the Pasadena City Council table! It’s Officer Wagner, no, it’s COUNCILMAN Wagner

Tom Kennedy

The man they call “Officer” in Houston, they call “Councilman” out in Pasadena. And what a story Officer/Councilman Jeff Wagner, an HPOU board member, has to tell about, well, his special “extra job.” To begin with, the 32-year senior police officer – who joined the ranks at age 19 fresh out of Galena Park High Read More Read more

Profile: Interim Chief Montalvo been in HPD since 1980

Tom Kennedy

(Editor’s Note: This brief profile of interim Police Chief Martha Montalvo first appeared in a series about HPD’s Hispanic pioneers. The Badge & Gun reprints it herewith.) The visibility of the improving numbers of Hispanics in HPD blue in the late 1970s captured the attention of a teen-aged girl who thought she could become a Read More Read more

Union leaders have positive take on the McClelland era

Tom Kennedy

HPOU President Ray Hunt paid special tribute to retiring Police Chief Charles McClelland at the Union’s general membership meeting on Feb. 4, calling him the best chief the department has had in the last quarter of a century. As the McClelland’s number of service days wound down in the month of February many other Houston Read More Read more

History shows bond between McClelland, street cops and the Union Served Houston well during the chief’s HPD tenure as ‘Top Cop’

Tom Kennedy

Editor’s Note: The last chapter of the HPD history book, Houston Blue: the Story of HPD, details the human chemistry that had built up between a new mayor, Annise Parker, her chosen police chief, Charles McClelland, and the Houston Police Officers Union. This segment of the chapter details the dynamics of that chemistry and how Read More Read more

Retiring Chief McClelland believes he’s leaving ‘a better department’ in the hands of his successor

Tom Kennedy

After nearly four decades serving in the Houston Police Department Charles McClelland has strong determination to accomplish the goals he has set for his retirement years. They will far less complex than the deeply committed, stealthy routine that lasted from the early, early morning to late, late at night he established as police chief for Read More Read more

HPOU honors L. C. Carr as Patrol Officer of the Month

Tom Kennedy

Officer L. C. Carr of the Northeast Division went well beyond the call of duty to rescue an abused child and arrest both parents for Child Abandonment. Sgt. Greyson G. Wilson of Northeast detailed Carr’s nomination. The officer was honored in the HPOU Feb. 4 general membership meeting. Sgt. Wilson said Carr responded to a Read More Read more

Fallen Heroes: Detective Worth Davis

Nelson Zoch

On Saturday night, June 16, 1928, Detective Albert “Worth” Davis and his partner, Detective Henry Bradshaw, were working the night shift in the city’s Fourth Ward. At about 2 a.m., they observed an unruly crowd gathered at the intersection of Andrews and Genessee. Sensing trouble from this gathering at this time of the morning, they Read More Read more

Barn Yard Crime Stoppers: Last chapter in the Adventures of ‘Detective Mykala’ and her ever-faithful companion, ‘Detective Mykenzie’


Editor’s Note: Mykala Rodriguez won a calf in the Calf Scramble at this year’s Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. The following his her update about her techniques for keeping her calf under control out at the “Barn Precinct.” See if you can figure out just who Detective Mykenzie is.) This is the final chapter of Read More Read more

2016 Police Week Activities

Tom Kennedy

  The Police Week Awards Ceremony Luncheon will be held on Monday, May 16, 2016, at 12 noon at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, located at 1200 Louisiana, to recognize officers and civilian employees for outstanding achievements. Since this event is a fundraiser, admittance is by invitation only. Clergy leaders will hold a Day of Prayer Read More Read more

Historic Criminal Case: 1980s ‘Slip and Fall’ scheme involved doctor, lawyer and Law enforcement personnel, still has lingering mysteries

Earl Musick

The Houston Police Department opened its new police headquarters at 61 Riesner Street in 1952. The relief on the right corner of the building has the words “Order Through Law” and “Justice With Mercy.” Both phrases being equal in importance are at the same level and positioned at the base of the relief. Long retired Read More Read more

Officer’s Son: Young JW Aguirre – who’s only 11 – already a champion Shooter bound for many bull’s eyes in a promising future

Mike Ybanez

When “JW” Aguirre’s father took him hunting near Del Rio at the tender age of eight years old, he attempted to teach his only son the finer points of shooting and hunting tips that only a father can provide. After some time, young JW told his dad, “I got it, Dad. No worries.” Soon after, Read More Read more