July/August 2017

In this issue:

Speed up State Appeals! HPD cop killers ‘enjoy’ living an average of 22 years longer than the men they killed

Tom Kennedy

EIGHT INDIVIDUALS CURRENTLY RESIDE ON TEXAS’ Death Row awaiting the jury-mandated punishment for wantonly killing a Houston police officer. As prosecutors always point out: these men are entitled to the most extreme version of due process since their lives are at stake. No one wants an innocent man to become a victim of the ultimate Read More Read more

The average Texas Death Row tenure for Houston Cop killers has risen to 22 years – and counting

Tom Kennedy

On average, the eight men on the Texas Death Row for the murder of Houston police officers have experienced more than 22 years of life while waiting for the painstakingly show appellate process to unfold. The timeframe was determined by adding up the years between the death date of the officer and today’s date. Also, Read More Read more

District G Councilman Greg Travis finds council district Budget monies to fund 200 Level 4 bullet-proof vests

Tom Kennedy

Councilman Greg Travis has proven he does his homework before he puts the money in his council district service fund where one might say the councilman’s mouth is. For, you see, Travis talks the HPD talk and walks the walk by putting funding where he’s learned it should be used – for the protection and Read More Read more

You Get the Police You Ask For On Baltimore’s mayor asking for federal police help

Lt. Jim Glennon

1 This article was originally published in the Calibre Press Street Survival Newsline and is reprinted with permission from Calibre Press. We, as a profession, are not without sin. We have a sordid past on many levels. We have seen massive corruption, lying, scandals, thievery and abuses that include terrifying the weak, drug dealing, murders, Read More Read more

HPOU members to elect president, 3rd vice president, secretary and board representatives for odd-numbered seats

Tom Kennedy

Balloting for this year’s election of the HPOU president, 3rd vice president, secretary and board members with odd-numbered board seats begins Oct. 6. The Union announced the full schedule for this year’s election procedures with filing for these positions to begin at 8 a.m. Sept. 1. The filing deadline is 10 a.m., Oct. 5 with Read More Read more

Tips from Kelsey-Seybold on Keeping Stress Levels Under Control

Kelsey/Seybold Staff

Stress is a natural response that can occur in any occupation – especially among law enforcement officers. Unmanaged and prolonged stress can take a physical toll on your body. That’s why it’s so important to learn effective ways to manage stress. Simplify Your Life and Recognize Stress Triggers “Delegate chores and responsibilities in your home Read More Read more

Calf Scrambler The Big Job: bonding with the heifer in the pasture

Taylor Alvarez

Editor’s Note: Taylor Alvarez was a successful calf scrambler at this year’s Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo. He got the calf sponsored by the Texas Police Trust and is providing HPOU members updates on his progress for next year. By TAYLOR ALVAREZ This month I have encountered many learning experiences with Sangria. I have bonded Read More Read more

Stars and Stripes Golf Tourney raises nearly $50,000 To benefit Operation Lone Star and Assist the Officer

Tom Kennedy

For the seventh consecutive year, the HPOU hosted the celebrated Stars and Stripes charity golf tournament, which was held again at the beautiful Clubs of Kingwood on April 20. This premier event was attended by scores of officers from HPD and other agencies, military veterans, elected officials, and several wounded warriors.  The tournament raised nearly Read More Read more

HPD to host international conference in October

Tom Kennedy

The Houston Police Department will host the 27th Annual International Problem-Oriented Policing Conference at the Hilton Americas Hotel at 1600 Lamar, from October 2-4. “Part of our responsibility as the host agency is to help market the conference to other law enforcement agencies within our state as well as surrounding states,” Lt. Susan W. Wheeler, citywide Read More Read more

HPOU honors Officer Conley as Patrol Officer of the Month

Tom Kennedy

Officer Jimmy Conley was on patrol when he was dispatched to a loud noise complaint.  The call slip indicated that there was a white vehicle parked in the street playing loud music. The story of what happened resulted in HPOU presenting Conley with its monthly Patrol Officer of the Month honor in the June general membership Read More Read more

Union recognizes Officer Sarah Wyatt for work Leading to removing child predator from streets

Tom Kennedy

The HPOU presented its monthly Investigator of the Month award to Officer SarahWyatt of the Special Victims Division in the Union’s June general membership meeting. Officer Wyatt is assigned to the Special Victims Division, Houston Metropolitan Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. Officer Wyatt was participating in a nationwide initiative targeting underage Human Trafficking and Read More Read more

Fallen Heroes: Officer Louis Kuba

Nelson Zoch

Louis Raymond Kuba was born on March 12, 1942 in Schwertner, Texas. His family moved to Nada, Texas. After graduating from Garwood High School in 1962, he served his country honorably for three years in the United States Army. He joined the Houston Police Department on Dec. 27, 1966, in Police Cadet Class No. 34, Read More Read more

Psych Services: Making marriage work: Don’t trade happiness for righteousness

Lisa Garmezy

Time and time again at Psychological Services I saw husbands and wives trapped in the roles of Parent and Child. They no longer took turns being the giver or the needy one, a system ensuring that both spouses’ needs get met eventually. Instead, one client consistently acted like a Parent, and usually a highly critical Read More Read more

July/August Obituaries of HPD Family Members

Tom Kennedy

BABB Retired Sergeant James A. Babb passed away on Tuesday, July 11, 2017 at the age of 53. He was a Veteran of the United States Marine Corps. He joined the Houston Police Department on October 5, 1989, Academy Class #136. During his career with the Houston Police Department he was assigned to the Westside Read More Read more

Thank You Notes to the Houston Police Officers Union

Tom Kennedy

HPOU, Thank you so much for your kind words and unwavering support during our darkest hours. Sincerely, Travis & Melissa Schmidt  All HPOU Members, Thank you for the beautiful flowers. Your kind expression of sympathy and friendship will always remain in our memories. Thank you for your thoughtfulness. The Family of Theresa L. Perry HPOU, Read More Read more