February 2020

In this issue:

Outgoing District A Council Member Brenda Stardig HPOU PAC’s choice for Precinct 3 Commissioner

Editorial Staff

Popular term-limited Houston City Council member Brenda Stardig, a staunch supporter of each and every HPOU issue that cropped up on her watch, is a Republican candidate in the March 3 primary to succeed Harris County Precinct 3 Commissioner Steve Radack. The HPOU PAC has endorsed Stardig for this powerful county office and is urging Read More Read more

Detective David Nieto’s work thwarting Houston sex traffickers Earn him honors as HPOU’s Investigator of the Month in January

Editorial Staff

The HPOU recognized the long-term dedication and success of Detective David Nieto of the Vice Division’s Human Trafficking Unit by naming him Investigator of the Month in the January general membership meeting. Commander James Dale detailed Nieto’s tireless efforts to sending human traffickers, aka pimps, to prison for compelling young women, some as young as Read More Read more

Obituaries

Editorial Staff

ARCENEAUX Mrs. Norma Dee Arceneaux passed on Sunday, December 22, 2019, at the age of 81. She is the mother of Senior Police Officer Janette Arceneaux, assigned to the Office of Public Affairs. Services were held January 4 with burial in Houston National Cemetery. BAKER Mrs. Susan Renee Baker passed away on Wednesday, January 15, Read More Read more

Defense attorney and former prosecutor Todd Overstreet earns HPOU’s endorsement in the Democratic Primary

Editorial Staff

Former prosecutor Todd Overstreet, the Union’s choice in the Democratic primary in the race for the Harris County district attorney nomination, said he can’t imagine “a worse scenario for our citizens” than to continue trusting the current administration to prosecute our most dangerous criminal suspects. “I care too much about this city and the citizens Read More Read more

Never Mind the Critics, You Need Time Out

Lisa Garmezy, Psych Services

There’s a reason preschoolers get spanked more than any other age group. They love to experiment with independence and they don’t reason well. A swat on the tush—now that’s a clear message/ But physical discipline can’t be—well, shouldn’t be—your primary way of disciplining kids. Spanking is linked to emotional, behavioral and academic problems in children. Read More Read more

Officer Jones’ Killer evades Death Penalty, Gets ‘Sentence’ Years Later by Former Special Officer

Nelson Zoch

EOW: January 30, 1927 Perry Page Jones was born in Waller County, Texas, on July 3, 1893, to Mr. and Mrs. J. F. Jones. He attended Black Terrapin School and as a teenager, his family moved to both Tomball and Houston before returning to Waller County. On December 16, 1914, he married Mary Simmons and Read More Read more

Get Healthier in 2020

Kelsey Seybold

Most people have good intentions when making annual New Year’s resolutions and then slide back into old habits. Make 2020 the year you’re going to keep your resolution to live a healthier life and consider the guidelines below. Learn a Little “When it comes to understanding your own health, it’s important to be proactive. Consider Read More Read more

Kim Ogg must go! Here are the early stages of our coordinated Plan to defeat the most criminal-happy district attorney in history

Joe Gamaldi, President

On the off chance you have been living under a rock for the last three years, the current DA, Kim Ogg, and some of her upper-level management team are nothing short of a train wreck. They have completely dismantled a once-proud office and contributed to a revolving-door justice system that reduces the safety of our Read More Read more

HPOU PAC proudly touts the campaign of Maria Jackson In her Democratic primary race against Commissioner Ellis

Editorial Staff

The Houston Police Officers Union Political Action Committee (PAC) has endorsed former state district Judge Maria Jackson in her March primary race against Precinct 1 Commissioner Rodney Ellis. Judge Jackson was the longest-serving criminal district judge in Harris County when she resigned last year to seek a seat on the five-member Commissioners Court. She is Read More Read more

As if Sgt. Rhonda Williams weren’t busy enough, she has written a play that will debut next month at a theater on Main Street

Tom Kennedy, Editor

For the past few years the Badge & Gun has quoted HPOU Board Member Rhonda Williams a growing number of times since she has spearheaded some popular Union projects, all stressing the importance of family activities. Even in this issue you will see stories about the HPOU Bowling Night and the HPOU Financial Seminar – Read More Read more

HPOU Legal’s Mary Nan Huffman announces her run for Harris County district attorney in 2020

Editorial Staff

The Houston Police Officers Union makes no secret in its opposition to incumbent Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg. The Union and HPOU President Joe Gamaldi have been outspoken in criticizing Ogg, a Democrat, for her light-weight stance against longtime violent criminals, insisting on easy-to-make bonds for too many suspects. A September Badge & Gun Read More Read more

HPOU planning another family night to ‘bowl over’ All sorts of free fun at Del Mar Lanes on Mangum Road

Editorial Staff

The family-oriented Houston Police Officers Union is putting on another family night! No movie this time and no outdoor fun out on Oil Ranch. It’s “winter” in Houston, so we’re going indoors! The HPOU’s first-ever family bowling night is scheduled for Friday night, Feb. 21 at Del Mar Lanes, 3020 Mangum, just outside Loop 610. Read More Read more

Officer Tim Whitaker first recipient of Blue Badge Award for unselfish service to his fellow Houston police officers

Andrea Schmauss

The Houston Police Family Support Unit (HPFSU) was proud to present the 1st Annual Blue Badge Award to Officer Tim Whitaker at the January HPOU general membership meeting. Officer Whitaker was nominated by Lt. Timothy Trometer. The Blue Badge Award is given to a HPD officer who has established a strong commitment to assisting his Read More Read more

HPOU PAC has a District Attorney two-fer: Endorsement of Republican Huffman and Democrat Overstreet

Editorial Staff

THE HPOU PAC HAS ITS PRIORITIES IN THE MARCH 3 PRIMARY ON both the Democratic and Republican sides of the ballot. Endorsing two candidates for Harry County district attorney in two different political party primaries represents a dramatic departure from HPOU PAC tradition. The PAC has strong reasoning behind this new practice. The incumbent DA, Read More Read more

Next HPOU Financial Seminar set for March 24

Tom Kennedy, Editor

The next HPOU Financial Seminar is set for Tuesday, March 24 in the Breck Porter Building, once again setting the stage for HPOU members to hear answers to the often complex questions centered around financial planning. Oh, and there’s also a free lunch and dessert provided! Space is limited; therefore, you must contact Sgt. Rhonda Read More Read more

Excitement grows! Tickets selling fast! 3rd Annual ATO Heroes’ Gala counting down to the special calendar date: March 28th!

Tom Kennedy, Editor

It’s already the biggest ever gala in Assist the Officer history. You can still get your tickets – if you’re lucky. This year’s ATO Heroes Gala was nearing the magic “sell-out” stage as the Badge & Gun went the online route of “going to press.” “The time to act is now!” event chair Gabriela Gregory Read More Read more

With gratitude from our members

Editorial Staff

HPOU, Thanks for your words of comfort and thoughtfulness with the beautiful flowers. Love, Clarence Hall Family of Curtis Hall, Father of Derrick Hall Detroit, MI Dear HPOU, Thank you so very much for your kind words, beautiful flower arrangement and generosity. My daughter Gizelle was so proud to wear her blues and be a Read More Read more