July 2019

In this issue:

BARC’s Paws and Patrol features first cat, all the latest pets up for adoption

Editorial Staff

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With gratitude, from our members…

Editorial Staff

HPOU, We are so honored to be associated with a fine organization as you all. The plant was so thoughtful. Thank you and God Bless. The Charles Niemeier Family To the Houston Police Officers’ Union, Thank you so much for the lovely plant that you sent in memory of my husband John. There were many Read More Read more

First HPOU Family Movie Night a huge success

Editorial Staff

HPOU’s first-ever Family Movie Night on June 19 was a rousing success. Union President Joe Gamaldi was excited to advise all members to “keep your eyes peeled for the next family fun event that we’re promoting.” HPOU’s board is vowed and determined to make sure that HPD officers and their families grow the family bonds Read More Read more

HPOU Board endorses Louisiana Sheriff’s Officer Patrick J. Yoes for national FOP president

Editorial Staff

The HPOU Board of Directors has voted unanimously to support a Louisiana sheriff’s officer for national president of the Fraternal Order of Police. The man the Union wants to head the FOP is Patrick J. Yoes, a long-time sheriff’s officer from St. Charles Sheriff’s Department in Hahnville, Louisiana. Yoes has served as national FOP secretary Read More Read more

Not only is HPOU not on the same page as DA Ogg, we don’t even read from the same criminal justice book

Editorial Staff

When he left the Harris County DA’s Office recently, Kim Ogg’s outgoing first assistant made it clear he couldn’t “anticipate or adjust” to each aspect of Ogg’s transformation philosophy. Ogg succeeded an effective, police-oriented prosecutor, Devon Anderson, in a Democrat-dominated election in which every Republican in the Courthouse was thrown out by the voters. Not Read More Read more

HPD Bike Relay to Boston underway June 25

Tom Kennedy, Editor

The HPD Bike Relay Team’s 38th annual fundraising ride got a stupendous sendoff at the HPOU on June 25 with dozens of well-wishers present to demonstrate moral support. The ride raises funds and awareness for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. It began at the HPOU Building with 26 participants bound for Boston. Team leader Ronnie Read More Read more

HPD’s eldest K9 demonstrates ‘the old dog’ still uses common scents to thwart druggers

Tom Kennedy, Editor

Let’s throw out some well-used HPD clichés. You can’t teach an old dog new tricks when the old ones still work. And: If an “old dog” might be a term of endearment for an aging police officer, we can guess that it also must work for a four-legged veteran. Old Lady Shows How Sita stands Read More Read more

Three Patrol Officers of the Month save evasive suspect who was about to drown in Greens Bayou

Tom Kennedy, Editor

The Houston Police Officers Union recognized three men as HPOU Patrol Officers of the Month for their successful efforts to save a suspected car thief who had dived into Greens Bayou in order to evade arrest. The three were Officers are Adam Alvarez, Norman Escobar and Ramon Guillen. Here’s what happened: On Dec. 13, Escobar, Read More Read more

Like mother, like daughter – every department needs a ‘Cat’ and a ‘Jaz” but only HPD has both of them!

Tom Kennedy, Editor

There is an old saying, applicable to HPD and countless other places and professions. It goes: Like father, like son. Well, in the police department of the nation’s fourth largest city, the old saying might be: Like mother, like daughter. Mother/Daughter Officers The Badge & Gun has learned the new saying goes something like: Like Read More Read more

Obituaries of HPD Family Members

Editorial Staff

BOONE Retired Data Entry Operator Tawanda Marie Boone Passed away on Thursday, May 23, 2019, at the age of 57. She joined the Houston Police Department on June 23, 1980. Throughout her whole career with the department she was assigned to the Juvenile Division, retiring on April 1, 2015. Services were held June 1. CHU Read More Read more

Police Officer Shot and Killed While on Duty at the Railway Crossing-Unknown Suspect Flees Scene

Nelson Zoch, Contributor

EOW: August 4, 1911 On Friday morning, August 4, 1911, at approximately 3:30am, Officer John Morris Cain was on patrol duty as a Houston Police Officer.  Officer Cain’s assignment, a very dangerous and lonely one, was at the North Side Railway Crossing, actually described as the crossing of the International/Great Northern and the Southern Pacific Read More Read more

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: Without treatment, it’s a life-long heartbreak

Lisa Garmezy, Psych Services

Fighting OCD with logic is as useful as spraying air freshener on an oil spill, says psychologist Tamar Chansky. These behaviors simply make no sense, like David Beckham’s insistence on having an even number of Pepsis in the frig. In 2010, the star said he’d tried and failed to conquer his OCD. Since medication and Read More Read more

Balloon sinuplasty offers relief for chronic sinusitis sufferers, Kelsey-Seybold ENT specialist says

Kelsey Seybold

Recurring sinus infections aren’t much fun. For some sufferers, nasal irrigations and antibiotics help for a while, but the infections keep coming back. If this sounds like you, there’s another treatment, known as balloon sinuplasty, that might offer long-term relief. “Balloon sinuplasty is an in-office procedure I perform that could offer long-term relief from your Read More Read more

HPOU honors Vieira and Serrano as Patrol Officers of the Month

Tom Kennedy, Editor

The HPOU recognized two Westside officers – Lucas Vieira and Thomas Serrano – for their work that resulted in the apprehension of two men involved in a shootout involving illegal drugs. Sgt. Earl Attebury said Vieira and Serrano were dispatched to a shooting seen shortly before midnight on Jan. 12 in the 11400 block of Read More Read more