December 2019

In this issue:

Trust Dental and Vision plan changes

Editorial Staff

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Zane Brumley and Matt Althaus honored for their investigative work in shooting of two-year-old boy

Editorial Staff

HPOU recognized Detectives Zane Brumley and Mathew Althaus as Investigators of the Month for their “tireless” work to apprehend the suspects in the Jan. 20 shooting of a two-year-old boy. The honor was presented in the November general membership meeting. Lt. Anthony G. Herrera of the Major Assaults and Family Violence Division briefed the membership Read More Read more

Jo Bankston, HPD’s first female cadet, faced strict upbringing but earned lasting respect for graciousness and professionalism

Tom Kennedy, Editor

Female officers have come a long way since the first four women graduated HPD Academy Class No. 12 in 1955. History aptly shows just how far, with one female chief (Elizabeth Watson) and many others on the Command Staff. And no one could tell the story better than Jo Bankston, who, by seniority, was the Read More Read more

Seeing floating specks in your field of vision? Here’s what a Kelsey-Seybold specialist says you need to know


If you’ve ever noticed tiny dark spots, strings, or cobwebs darting across your line of vision, you’re probably experiencing what is known as “floaters.” Floaters tend to move along with your eye and will drift in different directions when your eyes are still. “Floaters are typically more noticeable when you stare at a blue sky Read More Read more

Houston Police Burial Fund 2020 Annual Meeting

Jay Gause

Jay Gause The Houston Police Burial Fund will have its annual meeting on Thursday January 9, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall located at 607 E. Whitney in Houston, Texas. All members of the Burial Fund are invited to attend. Board of Trustee positions 7, 8, and 9 will be elected Read More Read more

News Media Mind Manipulation

Barbara A. Schwartz

If you knew that the news media was manipulating your mind, would that concern you? It should. And they are. The news media decides what to report, and – more importantly – how to report it. The media controls what the public sees, hears, and ultimately believes. This should concern every police officer in every Read More Read more

The Capital Murder of HPD Detective Pete Corrales

Nelson Zoch, Contributor

EOW: January 21, 1925 On the evening of Wednesday, January 21, 1925, the lives of three individuals came abruptly to a violent end in the 2000 block of Congress Avenue at what was then near the eastern edge of the City of Houston. There was Houston Police Detective Pete Corrales, an officer for just four Read More Read more


Editorial Staff

Bell Retired Police Officer Carl K. Bell passed away on Sunday, October 20, 2019, at the age of 87. He is survived by his wife, Patricia R. Bell. Officer Bell joined the Houston Police Department on September 16, 1957, Academy Class No. 17 and was also a Veteran of the United States Army. During his Read More Read more

79 Fox rescue three stranded Lake Houston boaters, earning two sergeants involved HPOU monthly honor

Editorial Staff

Last June when the water got too high on Lake Houston and a rescue was needed, the time came to call 79 Fox. Here’s an account of the events that eventually led to the November general membership meeting when HPOU honored Sgt. Chris Chebret, the pilot, and Sgt. Mike Burton, the TFO, were honored as Read More Read more

Don’t forget to vote for our endorsed candidates in the Saturday Houston city runoff election

Joe Gamaldi, President

In case you haven’t heard, the HPOU PAC endorsed candidates did very well in the November election. In every race but two, our endorsed candidates finished as the top vote getter. Winning their races out right were our good friends Council Members Greg Travis, Martha Castex-Tatum, Dave Martin, Robert Gallegos and City Controller Chris Brown. Read More Read more

HPD officers of all ranks rebuild a citizen’s home in Fifth Ward

Tom Kennedy, Editor

The HPD “rebuilders” returned to action, this time to use gallons of sweat equity to spruce up a lady’s home in the Fifth Ward. “Here come the angels!” Mrs. Detrie Gloyd shouted as Commander Jonathan Zera and the first of four days of HPD officers/crew members officially undertook the remodeling of this gracious homeowner’s abode. Read More Read more

HPOU PAC’s Dec. 14 Runoff Endorsements

Tom Kennedy, Editor

The HPOU PAC finished its screenings of candidates in the Dec. 14 city of Houston runoff election. The PAC believes these candidates will best serve Houston police officers at the City Council table. Mayor Sylvester Turner City Council At Large Position 1 Mike Knox City Council At Large Position 2 David Robinson City Council At Read More Read more