April 2018

In this issue:

Editorial: Exciting future events accentuate the positives of today’s policing

Tom Kennedy

THE OPENING OF SPRING 2018 IS SEEING LOTS OF positive opportunities for Houston police officers/HPOU members. The upcoming month of May will spotlight National Police Week, availing the citizenry HPD officers are charged to protect the chance to show its appreciation for the job we do. As usual, HPD will be out in full force Read More Read more

Newly formed Houston Police Boxing Association scores ‘a knock-out’ success in its first bouts held in February

Tom Kennedy

The Houston Police Boxing Association went undefeated in its first series of boxing rounds against Precinct 6 constables on Feb. 10 at the Knockout Factory, 5601 Navigation. Net proceeds of $3,000 was provided to the Assist the Officer Foundation. The check was accepted by ATO Chairman Tom Hayes. The brainchild of Officer Mike Agee of Read More Read more

No surprise! Calf Scramble Posse puts in another successful season of ‘Hard Luck’

Tom Kennedy

The undaunted HPD Calf Scramble Posse – as it has for the past 75 years – once again got its man and TWO young ladies at the latest edition of the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo. Posse members worked hard, had fun and delighted in determining this year’s “hard luck” honoree, Maddison Kreger, from right Read More Read more

First-ever Coptober Fest to feature selection of HPD’s favorite local brew, the best chili/one pot and a Jeep showoff

Tom Kennedy

Assist the Officer Foundation board members couldn’t decide what to do next for their next fundraiser, so they decided to do it all. On Oct. 6 from noon to 6 p.m. ATO will hold the first Coptober Fest / Chili cookoff / Jeep Showoff. Sept. 28 is national beer drinking day. ATO wants to help Read More Read more

Gamaldi hosts friendly meet-and-greet with Sen. Cornyn

Tom Kennedy

HPOU President Joe Gamaldi played host to U. S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, on Sept. 26 to share thoughts about a recently passed bill that strengthens background checks for prospective gun owners. Cornyn was the original sponsor of the so-called Fix NICS Act and garnered another 78 co-sponsors before it passed as part of the Read More Read more

K9 Officer Ronny’s memory lives on in Patrol Officer of Month presentation

Tom Kennedy

The HPOU honored three officers, including K9 Ronny, as patrol officers of the month at the March general membership meeting. The event leading to this honor took place Feb. 21 and resulted in Ronny’s death. Ronny and his partner, Senior Police Officer Dennis Shadden of the Tactical Operations Division, responded to a vehicle pursuit of Read More Read more

Latest lesson in human trafficking features more than just sex slaves; How about cases of organ harvesting

Sgt. Ana Andino

What do you know about human trafficking? Unlike what most people think, human trafficking does not only happen in Third World countries and it is not just a matter of sex trafficking. Human trafficking is the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring or receipt of persons, by the threat or force. This also includes other forms, such Read More Read more

Some advice: Officers, don’t allow yourselves to be ‘dead inside’

Sgt. David Cole

The other day I read a quote from a famous football coach. He was asked if he gets excited about the big bowl games. His reply was curious. He said, “I’m dead in here. It’s like burnt wood.” I take it by that he means that he simply does not get excited about the big Read More Read more

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

Shelly Molina

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 Read more

Nelson Zoch, the retired Homicide lieutenant and author of HPD Line of duty death book has penned a novel based on actual case

Tom Kennedy

Nelson Zoch has gone down in HPD history as the dedicated chronicler of the Department’s line of duty heroes by paying close attention to the minutest details – much like the Homicide lieutenant he was for many years. Zoch, now retired and living near his hometown of Giddings, has penned a police novel spotlighting one Read More Read more

Fallen Heroes: Officer R. Q. Wells

Nelson Zoch

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 Read more

Restored 90s HPD patrol car draws attention at HPOU

Tom Kennedy

Funny but a number of HPOU members eyed Officer Jason Knox’ labor of love in the Union parking lot as if they wanted to buy a new patrol car. Actually, Knox was treating his fellow HPD officers to a thrill from yesteryear – a totally restored blue “whale” patrol car from the 1990s. Knox, who Read More Read more

Recognizing H-E-B folks who stood tall with support groups And supplied an endless supply of food at Perez reception

Andrea Schmauss

In today’s climate of aggressive anti-police sentiment, it’s extremely important to recognize those in the community who stand behind, honor and show their appreciation to our brothers and sisters in blue. When the Houston Law Enforcement Officers Family Support Unit (HLEOFSU) received a call to arrange and host the hospitality rooms for the HPD Command Read More Read more

Still battling Harvey, HPOU Picnic Committee Needs your help in finding new ’18 picnic locale

Tom Kennedy

Hurricane Harvey continues to put a crimp in one of the highlights of a typical activity-filled year sponsored by the HPOU. As usual, the Union will steadfastly effort to resolve the situation. We’re talking here about the annual HPOU Family Picnic. Harvey forced cancellation last year but also forced the closure of the Farm and Read More Read more

Psych Services: Here’s the Unvarnished Truth about Retirement

Lisa Garmezy

Leaving the job without careful planning may produce a “sugar rush” of happiness followed by a crash of boredom, in the words of Dr. Elizabeth Horner.   That concern reflects a vision of retirement as pure leisure, common in the 1970s. Advertisers, sensing an affluent market, swooped in, pitching retirement villages and golf clubs. The Read More Read more

Early detection is key to colorectal cancer treatment, says Kelsey-Seybold gastroenterologist

Kelsey-Seybold Staff

Although the reminders about the importance of being regularly screened for colorectal cancer are out there, along with signs and symptoms of the disease, you may have thought, “I don’t have any symptoms, so I can skip being screened this year, right?” Wrong! Almost all colon-related cancers arise from premalignant polyps that don’t exhibit noticeable Read More Read more

Obituaries of HPD Family Members

Tom Kennedy

  CLOYES Retired Sergeant John H. Cloyes passed away on Monday, February 19, 2018, at the age of 93. He is survived by his wife Nancy Cloyes. He was a Veteran of the U.S. Air Force. He joined the Houston Police Department on November 16, 1953, Academy Class No.10. During his career with the department, Read More Read more

Thank You Notes to HPOU

Tom Kennedy

To the Houston Police Officers Union, Thank you so very much for the beautiful flower you sent during our time of bereavement during the loss of our mother, Mrs. Earline Johnson. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Jacquelyn Prince   HPOU, The family of Alveretta Theresa Frilot  Ledet acknowledges with deep appreciation your kind expression Read More Read more