February 2019

In this issue:

It’s great to see the mayor, the chief, the Union on the same page when it comes to helping our own

Tom Kennedy

PEOPLE ARE ALWAYS TALKING ABOUT GETTING ON – OR OFF – the “same page.   Today the HPD hierarchy, the Union and the mayor of Houston can truthfully say they are on the same page. Witness the January HPOU general membership meeting when Police Chief Art Acevedo, Mayor Sylvester Turner and our own president, Joe Read More Read more

At last we see Justice done for Officer Elston Howard

Tom Kennedy

ON THE CHILLY NIGHT OF JAN. 30 IN HUNTSVILLE’S DEATH HOUSE Houstonians and members of the Houston Police Department saw justice done. Robert Mitchell Jennings paid the ultimate price for killing HPD Officer Elston Howard in cold blood during the aggravated robbery of a pornographic bookstore on July 19, 1988. Officer Howard, a vice officer, Read More Read more

Fiery Crash Victim: Mayor and City, Chief and officers continue prayers for Officer John Daily In his surgery-intensive recovery period in wake of drunk driver accident

Tom Kennedy

Officer John Daily was expected to undergo regular operations “for the next several months” in the wake of a fiery Christmas Eve collision with a suspected drunk driver on Telephone Road, his twin brother, Officer Michael Daily, told the Badge & Gun.   “We appreciate the continued prayers,” Michael Daily said, speaking for his family. Read More Read more

HPOU Legal’s Huffman gathers child sex crime data showing that the Internet offers easier targets for predators

Tom Kennedy

Child predators succeed at a much higher rate if they groom their victims online instead of in person, according to a study that will be presented to the 31st Annual Crimes Against Children Conference this August in Dallas.   HPOU legal counsel Mary Nan Huffman said she contributed to the study, compiled by Dr. Darrell Read More Read more

HPOU Mentor Award: Officer Bui made the HPD pitch, recruited a dispatcher who became a cadet and now is a new police officer

Tom Kennedy

Officer Nghiep Bui jokes around with his fellow HPD officers on a regular basis. So he wasn’t taking seriously the phone call and text he received from two wise-guy friends who heard his name called at a Union meeting.   They took turns telling Bui that he had won $2,000, his name having been drawn Read More Read more

2nd ATO Top Cop Hero Gala will honor HPD’s Investigator and Patrol Officer of ‘18

Tom Kennedy

Likely the most exciting highlight of the 2nd Assist the Officer Foundation Top Cop Hero Gala on March 30 will be the revelation of the Patrol Officer and Investigator of the Year award winners.   The judging process was set to take place in the month prior, with the selections to come from the 11 Read More Read more

Classroom arms the subject of this year’s essay topic in annual scholarship contest

Tom Kennedy

The HPOU Education Committee has announced the topic and deadline for application for this year’s scholarships awarded to the graduating seniors who are sons or daughters of Union members.   Each applicant must write a 1,200-word essay, complete the necessary paperwork and submit the completed applications no later than 4 p.m. Friday, March 1.   Read More Read more

Houston Police VFW Post 6010 awards scholarship opportunities to HPOU members’ sons, daughters

Michael Ybanez

In conjunction with the nationwide Voice of Democracy Scholarship awards for Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), Houston Police Post 6010 made a significant contribution in December as it hosted five scholarship candidates and their families at the Houston Police Officers Union.   This particular scholarship program is open to students in grades 9-12 who are Read More Read more

Special Report: Violence against HPD has happened too often over many decades

Nelson Zoch

There have been a number of individual years in which it seemed that an extraordinary number of events of violence were committed against the officers of the Houston Police Department.   From 1860 to 2006, 106 such tragic deaths occurred in the City of Houston.  Those were documented in the book Fallen Heroes of the Read More Read more

Special Reprint: Gunmen drop 8 in 11 months

Ralph Williams, The Houston Post

Editor’s Note: this is a reprint of an article that appeared on Nov. 23, 1969 in The Houston Post in November 1969. Ironically, two days after this article about violence against HPD officers appeared, Officer Kenneth Moody was shot to death in a line-of-duty death case. This reprint well illustrates the fact that HPD officers Read More Read more

Editorial Reprint: Officer Moody died for Houston

The Houston Post

Editor’s Note: this is a reprint of an editorial in The Houston Post that appeared after the line-of-duty death of Officer Kenneth Moody. Law-abiding Houstonians are shocked by the fatal shooting of a Houston policeman and the serious wounding of another within the short space of a few hours Tuesday night.  Ten Houston policemen have Read More Read more

Fallen Heroes: Officer Elston Howard

Nelson Zoch

July 19, 1988 Elston Morris Howard was born on September 18, 1963, in Houston. He attended Betsy Ross Elementary School, Burbank Junior High School and graduated from the Houston Contemporary Learning Center in 1982. He served the City of Houston as a community service officer before joining the department in HPD Cadet Class No. 111, Read More Read more

Psych Services: Disaster counseling: A case of a team of experts not being an expert team

Lisa Garmezy

A deployment in December with a Red Cross Disaster Mental Health team started me thinking about what makes teams work. Whatever it was, we lacked it. Our group was living proof that a team of experts is not an expert team.   As individuals, we made significant contributions. My colleagues and I were honored to Read More Read more

Thank You Notes to the HPOU

Heidi Hlavinka

Houston Police Officers’ Union, Thank you so much for the beautiful pot plant that was sent for Thomas Baker. The Honor Guard and escort service was appreciated. We had many nice comments on their service. Thank you, The Thomas Baker Family   The family of Floyd William Daigle acknowledges with deep appreciation your kind expression Read More Read more

Obituaries of HPD Family Members

Tom Kennedy

  AUTRY Vermel Chambers Autry passed away on Friday, January 11, 2019, at the age of 85. She is the mother of Senior Customer Service Clerk Shirley Merritt, assigned to the Records Division. Services were held January 19 with burial in Graham.   BAKER Retired Sergeant Thomas E. Baker passed away on Monday, December 31, 2018, Read More Read more

The latest from Kelsey Seybold

Kelsey Seybold Staff

GERD relief starts with lifestyle and dietary changes, says Kelsey-Seybold Gastroenterology specialist Ever feel a burning sensation in your chest or throat? That’s what’s known as heartburn. Oftentimes you can taste stomach fluid in the back of your mouth. It’s not uncommon to have heartburn from time to time, but when the burning sensation occurs Read More Read more