July/August 2018

In this issue:

Editorial: HPD college degree holders have increased substantially Over last nine years – now number 67 percent of officers

Tom Kennedy

NEVER LET IT BE SAID THAT THE Houston Police Department is not one of the best-educated and highly-trained departments in the United States. The Badge & Gun is trying to lay claim to the “best” designation but has to take a few more steps to make that possible. The best point for “best educated” comes Read More Read more

Highly educated: Records show two out of every three HPD officers have at least one college degree – highest percentage in history

Tom Kennedy

Records show Houston police officers are some of the best educated commissioned law enforcement personnel in the nation – two out of every three HPD officers has at least one college degree. To boot, it appears that the 40 hours of annual in-service training could be the most required by any of the nation’s big-city Read More Read more

Body Worn Cameras — Don’t believe the rumors!

Doug Griffith

There are a lot of rumors regarding officers being disciplined over what is seen on the BWC’s.  Like most of us already know, we are on video almost everywhere we go, but with the BWC we now get a full view of an incident instead of a 10-second. There are incidents that are captured on Read More Read more

Dave & Buster’s honors HPD, other law enforcement And their families on special play day on June 16

Tom Kennedy

Dave and Buster’s reached out to Houston area law enforcement personnel and their families to welcome them to a day of fun (Saturday, June 19) to honor them and recognize the sacrifices they make to protect the communities they serve. HPOU’s Tim Whitaker and Alex Mayo worked with this exciting gaming facility to bring about Read More Read more

Bike-riding benefit goes well, raises $145,000!

Tom Kennedy

On Tuesday, June 19, 24 HPD officers, their family members and civilians departed Houston on an eight-day,  2,450-mile bicycle trip to Orlando, Florida to raise awareness about cancer, particularly blood cancers including leukemia, lymphoma, sickle cell and a multitude of others. Each team member was required to raise at least $5,000 that was designated to Read More Read more

Aug. 23 set for special Minute Maid Park Fundraiser for Officer Jerry Flores, aka JFLO

Tom Kennedy

Never let it be said that law enforcement officers, particularly those from HPD, don’t take care of their own when a personal crisis arises. HPD Officer Jerry Flores, one of the Department’s most popular individuals who has been called “a pillar of the community, will be the center of fundraising devotion on Thursday, Aug. 23 Read More Read more

Explaining Deadly Force

Barbara A. Schwartz

“Why do police shoot unarmed people?” Friends and acquaintances often ask me that question because they know that I have written for the “Badge & Gun,” and other law enforcement publications, for over twenty years. My answer: Police don’t shoot unarmed people. The person who posed the question always begs to differ. “Yes, they do. Read More Read more

HPOU members to elect 1st and 2nd vice presidents, and board representatives for even-numbered seats

Tom Kennedy

Balloting for this year’s election of the HPOU 1st and 2nd vice presidents and even-numbered board seats begins Oct. 8. The Union announced the full schedule for this year’s election procedures with filing for these positions to begin at 8 a.m. Sept. 3. The filing deadline is 10 a.m., Oct. 4. Electronic voting will begin Read More Read more

Reconstituted HPD Midnight League ready to burn Midnight softball competition in upcoming Season 3

Amanda Day

The first two seasons of the relaunched HPD Midnight League are now officially in the books! Competing stations and divisions included North, Northeast, Southeast, Southwest, Eastside, Midwest, Clear Lake, Narcotics, South Central and Special Operations. We played on Tuesday nights between 11:30 p.m. and 1:30 a.m. in  Memorial Park. The first two seasons were full Read More Read more

Psych Services: Sleeping Better in Santa Fe—or Anywhere

Lisa Garmezy

Officers who responded to the shooting in Santa Fe can’t sleep—and neither can lots of people facing more ordinary problems. This list of tips, developed for courageous Texas responders, can help anyone get more rest.   The suggestions are based on the idea that lying awake in bed is a bad habit that can and Read More Read more

Obituaries of HPD Family Members

Tom Kennedy

BREAUX Mrs. Lillian James Breaux passed away on Sunday, May 20, 2018, at the age of 89. She is the mother of Senior Police Officer Dudley C. Breaux Jr., assigned to the Traffic Enforcement Division, and Senior Police Officer Gregory K. Breaux, assigned to the Major Offenders Division. Services were held May 25 with burial Read More Read more

Thank You Notes to HPOU

Tom Kennedy

      Dear Houston Police Officers Union, I would like to thank you all for awarding me with the HPOU Scholarship. Your support to further my education is inspiring. Thank you for allowing me to attain the career I have selected. Sincerely, Kasey Strouse   HPOU, The family of Stanley Otha Andrews acknowledges with Read More Read more