January 2018

In this issue:

Arrest of DPS trooper’s killer entailed hundreds Of officers and a K9 with a special HPD connection

Tom Kennedy

The influence of HPD officers stretches throughout Houston, the state of Texas and the rest of the world outside. This is one story about that widespread sway. It entails Houston police, football, dogs, fish, a passionate law enforcement advocate and – you better believe it – catching the bad guy. As do most police stories, Read More Read more

Editorial: Start the New Year right with a wise resolution: Support HPOU PAC

Tom Kennedy

THE BEST ADVICE FOR THE NEW YEAR IS TO END YOUR membership in one particular minority group – the group of officers that make up the 30 percent of Union membership who do not contribute to the HPOU Political Action Committee. Make the New Year the perfect time to join the PAC with a minimum Read More Read more

Houston officers travel thousands of miles to train Ukraine officers in Command and Control, HPD style

Tom Kennedy

It can be said that the elaborate and effective training programs of the Houston Police Department extend 5,982 miles from 1200 Travis and the HPD Police Academy. That distance by commercial airliner has been taking HPD instructors in Command and Control to the city of Kiev, Ukraine since 2015. Commissioned HPD officers have becoming a Read More Read more

Kristi Schiller: Meet the law enforcement advocate whose vision and drive provide special four-pawed officers to help those on two legs to work safely

Tom Kennedy

While recently recalling a special Christmas past, Kristi Schiller flashed her wide trademark smile and detailed why 2018 was starting out as a Happy New Year. Schiller’s biography lists – among many honors and recognitions – that she is the founder and chair of a non-profit entitled K9s4COPs. And right under that comes K9s4KIDs. As Read More Read more

Ukraine police learning ‘Westernized police traditions’

Tom Kennedy

HPD Sgt. Ron Pinkerton said HPD’s training of the new Ukraine patrol police went many steps further than planned. Besides learning the SRG routines, the classrooms of new police who were “trained to be trainers” by Pinkerton and his crew also were initiated into Houston policing traditions. (Actually, these traditions are common in many American Read More Read more

Navidad en el Barrio (NEED) is the dream-come-true of retired HPD Sgt. Izzy Gomez goes on and on after more than 30 years

Michael Ybanez

The Charitable Christmas Organization known as “Navidad en el Barrio” (translated as Christmas in the Neighborhood) began at the Houston Police Storefront located at the Ripley House community center in 1987 with a $5,000 grant from Rainbo  Baking Company. Then-HPD Officer Israel “Izzy” Gomez, now retired, was stationed at Ripley House as a storefront / Read More Read more

Still time to get tickets for ATO’s Feb. 3 Top Cop presentation

Tom Kennedy

Excellence in policing is the name of the game in the Houston Police Department – a prime reason why Assist the Officer Foundation (ATO) with the support of the Houston Police Officers Union and First Responders Benefit Trust will honor some of the most outstanding HPD officers at the very first ATO Top Cop Gala. Read More Read more

HPOU to host Jan. 25 713 Ministries fundraiser

Tom Kennedy

HPOU will play host to the annual fundraising efforts of the 713 Ministries, founded by HPD Senior Police Officer Lloyd Anderson, the evening of Jan. 25 at the Breck Porter Building. The 713 Ministries sponsors a faith-based service program in a South Park apartment complex. Many HPD officers serve as volunteer mentors and routinely contribute Read More Read more

Officer Anderson’s 713 Ministries program going Strong after eight years of service on Southeast side

Several decades ago, Houston had only two area codes. First there was 713, which initially served the growing number of phone numbers all around the city. Massive growth led to a second area code, 281. “The 281s,” as the people with the new code were labeled, lived in far-out places like Missouri City, 1960, Katy Read More Read more

Union works with Emergency Aid Coalition to hand out $100 Kroger gift cards to HPD Hurricane Harvey victims

Tom Kennedy

Teamwork and an HPD connection resulted in 175 officers and civilian personnel adversely affected by Hurricane Harvey’s flood waters to each receive $100 Kroger gift cards for groceries just in time for the holidays. The cards were distributed by the Emergency Aid Coalition, a Houston non-profit interfaith coalition that distributes food, clothing and other essentials Read More Read more

Sgt. Wilson and Officer Wilabay take quick action To save the life of officer attacked by pit bull dog

Tom Kennedy

HPOU honored Sgt. G. Wilson and Officer L. Wilabay as Patrol Officers of the Month for effectively saving the life of a fellow officer who was suffering from accidental gunshot wounds while trying to defend himself from an attack by a vicious pit bull dog. The incident happened on June 20 when Officer A. Lyons Read More Read more

Resolve to Get Healthier in 2018, says Kelsey-Seybold physician

Kelsey Seybold Staff

It’s time to start brainstorming our next set of New Year’s resolutions. The reason so many health and fitness-related goals fail is they’re just too hard to maintain. Take, for instance, resolving to lose a significant amount of weight or giving up ice cream forever; goals like these essentially require you to eliminate some aspect Read More Read more

Fallen Heroes: Officer J. D. Landry

Nelson Zoch

D. Landry was born in Louisiana on November 23, 1895. It is unknown how long he served as a Houston police officer. On Tuesday, December 2, 1930, Motorcycle Officers J. D. Landry and A. O. Taylor were working traffic in the near south end of downtown. Officer Landry began chasing a speeder on Tuam Avenue Read More Read more

HPOU recognizes non-stop investigative diligence Of Officer Kollen Himes in sexual predator case

Tom Kennedy

The non-stop diligence of Officer Kollean Himes took a sexual predator off the Houston streets, prompting the HPOU to name Himes the Investigator of the Month at the Union’s December general membership meeting. Sgt. Jessica Alvarez presented the honor and underscored Himes’ diligence when she was assigned to investigate a suspect who worked as a Read More Read more

Thank You Notes to the HPOU

Tom Kennedy

HPOU, It is with great honor I feel being blessed with the beautiful flowers you sent. Thank you all so much. The Collins Family   HPOU, The family of Marilyn Jean Curtis acknowledges with deep appreciation your kind expression of sympathy. Bob Curtis   HPOU, Thank you for the beautiful plant that you sent to Read More Read more

Obituaries of HPD Family Members

Tom Kennedy

  ALEXANDER Mrs. Espranza “Essie” Pinson Alexander passed away on Sunday, November 26, 2017 at the age of 80. She is the mother of Police Officer Rosa A. Golden, assigned to the Command Center. Services were held December 1 with burial in Houston Memorial Gardens.   AUTHIER Retired Senior Police Officer Stephen W. Authier passed Read More Read more