June 2017

In this issue:

Narratives for each Honoree at the HPD Police Week Awards Ceremony

Shelly Molina

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR – Officer Eric Bertrand From April 2016 to January 2017, Officer Eric Bertrand has run a total of 1021 calls for service, made 265 offense reports, 17 felony arrests; and 14 misdemeanor arrests. Some of Officer Bertrand’s accomplishments include, seizing 219.5 grams of Xanax, 118 grams of marihuana, 9.03 grams of Read More Read more

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick stood as a solid rock of Capitol Granite for HPOU and all Houston Police Officers

Tom Kennedy

DAN PATRICK THE OLD TELEVISION SPORTS CASTER obviously learned a lot about carrying the ball and scoring points for the good guys. HPOU President Ray Hunt and Executive Director Mark Clark sang the loud praises of the Texas lieutenant governor for his unwavering support for all policing issues in this year’s Legislature, especially the crucial Read More Read more

Thanks, Charlene for saying YES!

Tom Kennedy

QUITE OFTEN THOSE HARD-WORKING UNSUNG HEROES go about humbly doing their work for the good guys of the world without seeking or caring about recognition. For years now the executive director of the Houston Police Foundation has steadfastly followed the Foundation’s ethic, always walking the walk without blaring out the talk about her role in Read More Read more

Union honors Detective Wesley Jones as Investigator of the Month

Tom Kennedy

HPOU presented Detective Wesley Jones with Investigator of the Month honors at the May general membership meeting. Several months ago Detective Jones became aware of a suspect that was involved in a possible human trafficking operation. Although not all the details can be provided because the case is pending trial, the suspect has ultimately been accused Read More Read more

HPOU honors Jordan and Flores-Ramirez as Patrol Officers of the Month

Tom Kennedy

Officers S. Jordan and P. Flores-Ramirez had been dispatched to a disturbance with possible weapons, CIT. While en route to the scene the officers received updated information that the suspect, was armed with a gun.  The officers entered the parking lot of the apartment unit and found their way to building 3.  Once they turned Read More Read more

Community Honors Clear Lake Sergeant

Barbara Schwartz

The Association of Clear Lake Communities (ACLC) honored Houston Police Sergeant Greg Countie for his thirty-seven years of dedicated service to Houston and Clear Lake.   The surprise ceremony took place after Sgt. Countie spoke at the Clear Lake crime watch town hall meeting on March 28, 2017.   His keen observation skills led him Read More Read more

Story of Branon family’s dedicated attendance Keeps the annual Police Memorial tradition alive

Andrea Schmauss

I was attending my first HPD Memorial Wreath Laying Ceremony as a volunteer chaplain with the Houston Law Enforcement Officers Family Support Unit. Little did I know the impact this evening would have on me personally and how important attending the ceremony would become. Sitting next to me on the bus ride to the Memorial Read More Read more

Inspired by HPD and the Union, Humble ISD students Develop Books & Bears program to help cops on Patrol

Tom Kennedy

The HPOU has formed a special partnership with members of the National Technical Honor Society in the Humble school district who thought of a positive community service project involving law enforcement. It turns out that the program entitled “Books and Bears” was the product of student brainstorming about ways to get their organization’s name and Read More Read more

HPD support group’s Officer of the Year Award presented to Sgt. Melissa Holbrook

Tom Kennedy

The Houston Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association has presented its annual award for excellence HPD Sgt. Melissa Holbrook in recognition of her tireless efforts to train every officer about the best ways and means of interviewing sexual assault and domestic violence victims. The Lynn B. Clooney Memorial Award, named for a founding member of the Read More Read more


Tom Kennedy

LYNN CLOONEY MEMORIAL AWARD Officer of the Year   Past Recipients 1994    Officer Luis S. Ballesteros 1995    Officer Stephen Robinson 1996    Officer Ted Bell 1997    Officer Rick Sepolio 1998    Officer Thomas G. Martin 1999    Officer Lawrence Smith 2000    Officer Daniel Saenz 2001    Officer Robert “Tiger” Mathews 2002     Officer Stanley W. Schuman 2003    Officer Catheryn Y. Read More Read more

MADD honors 4 HPD officers for success in combating DWI; Officer Roy No. 1 in drunk driver arrests in 2016

Tom Kennedy

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) presented four Houston police officers with awards in connection with their roles in the constant effort to curb DWI instances in the Bayou City. The top award went to Officer Keith Roy Jr. as the Top DWI Arresting Officer of the Year. Throughout 2016, Officer Roy, a third-generation HPD officer, Read More Read more

Gov. Abbott appoints SPO Tim Whitaker To Texas Commission on Law Enforcement

Tom Kennedy

Senior Police Officer and HPOU Board Member Tim Whitaker has been named one of the nine members of the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE). Officer Whitaker is the only commissioner now riding a patrol assignment for a Texas law enforcement agency. He follows a long-standing HPD tradition for having a representative on this prestigious Read More Read more

Two special fundraising events deemed giant success

Tom Kennedy

On May 2 Dave and Buster’s in the Galleria held a law enforcement appreciation day for all Houston area officers and support personnel, benefiting the Assist the Officer Foundation. Alice Smith, Dave and Buster’s special events consultant, said more than 700 officers and their family members took advantage of the free games and buffet and Read More Read more

Psych Services: Alarming facts about teen – and adult – suicide rates

Lisa Garmezy

More young teens commit suicide than die in car accidents. In 2014 a shocking 425 kids aged 10-14 killed themselves while 384 died in car crashes. Auto safety is improving. When it comes to preventing teen suicide, the current TV hit “13 Reasons Why,” takes us in the wrong direction. The Netflix drama introduces us Read More Read more

Fallen Heroes: Officer Pete Corrales

Nelson Zoch

  January 21, 1925 On the evening of Wednesday, January 21, 1925, the lives of three individuals came abruptly to a violent end in the 2000 block of Congress Avenue at what was then near the eastern edge of  the City of Houston. There was Houston Police Detective Pete Corrales, an officer for just four Read More Read more

Thank You Notes to the HPOU

Tom Kennedy

Dear HPOU, Thank you so much for your thoughtfulness and the beautiful plant. Our family greatly appreciates your kindness and support during this difficult time. Sincerely, The Charles Leonard Family  HPOU Representatives, Thank you for the love and support I felt at the funeral of Collie “CJ” Manzano Jr. I definitely had an extended family Read More Read more