March 2015

In this issue:

Thank You Notes

HPOU, Thank you all for the beautiful plant that was sent to my husband’s service. It is so comforting to know that my family has such great support from y’all at such a hard time. Thank you all again – everything was beautiful. Love, The Smith Family Sharon, John, Peri & Chris Dear Houston Police Read More Read more


Aguirre Norma I. Aguirre passed away Friday, February 13, 2015.  She is the wife of Sergeant Frank C. Aguirre, assigned to the Eastside Division. Services were held Feb. 8 with burial in Forest Park Lawndale. Beltran Gabino P. Beltran Sr. passed away Sunday, February 1, 2015.  He is the husband of Senior Office Assistant Susan Read More Read more

Psych Services: HPD names Dr. Stephen Tate head of Psych Services

Lisa Garmezy

Dr. Stephen Tate took the reins at Psychological Services following the retirement of Dr. Verdi Lethermon. Our new police administrator is a former minister, the recipient of a doctorate in psychology from Wheaton College Graduate School and a father of five. Dr. Tate brings to Psychological Services a fresh perspective on accomplishing our mission—providing the Read More Read more

Fallen Heroes: Officer George Edwards

Nelson Zoch

George Dewey Edwards was born near the small East Texas town of Rusk on April 25, 1899. His actual home place was around the community of Sardis, where his parents and other extended families all lived and farmed. George attended school there and when World War I broke out, he served his country honorably in Read More Read more

Pulling the Trigger in Real Life

Barbara A. Schwartz

We should applaud our brother and sister officers of the Missouri City Police Department for taking the time and money to put Quanell X through shoot-don’t-shoot training. News reports quoted Mr. X as saying that the exercise opened his eyes about how fast shootings happen and how fast officers must make life and death decisions. Read More Read more

Juvenile Officer Lloyd Anderson opens ambitious computer-based Apartment coalition designed to better educate low-income families

An HPD officer who founded 713 Ministries has returned to his childhood stomping ground to partner with community crusaders to sponsor a computer lab and organized sports, fine arts and field trips aimed at better educating low-income adults and children. and 1st through 6th grade Books (PDF), phonemic awareness videos, sight words and much more. The aforementioned can Read More Read more

The Leatherwood sisters – Brenda and Belinda – became the first twins to serve in the HPD

If you were to ask, each of the Leatherwood twins would admit that their lengthy HPD careers as the Department’s first set of twin officers doesn’t quite have the necessary drama to make it to Hollywood. This took place early in Poe’s distinctive judicial career when he established himself as the judge who gave long Read More Read more

Livestock Show’s 189 Club benefits teen scholarship, Gets its name from the badge number of Jim Irby

As the latest edition of the iconic Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo comes to fore, a dedicated group of bidders whose auction victories help further the education of agriculture-inspired teenagers all over the Texas Gulf Coast is loaded for bear – er – pig! We’re talking here about the 189 Club Inc., a non-profit group Read More Read more

Robbery Division’s Pineda is Investigator of the Month

Officer Horacio Pineda of the Robbery Division was named Investigator of the Month in the HPOU’s February general membership meeting. Officer Horacio Pineda of the Robbery Division was named Investigator of the Month in the HPOU’s February general membership meeting. Pineda was nominated by his lieutenant, Ernest Garcia “to recognize Officer Pineda for his outstanding Read More Read more

Weiche named Patrol Officer of the Month

HPOU honored Officer C. Weiche of Midwest Patrol as Patrol Officer of the Month at the February general membership meeting. Union board member Luis Menendez-Sierra presented the award and detailed Weiche’s work. Officer Weiche responded to a welfare check in regards to a possible suicidal female. The officer arrived at the location and found there Read More Read more

Editorial: Use of in-house counsel by the Union And the City saved countless tax dollars

THE HPOU NEGOTIATED ANOTHER BENEFICIAL CONTRACT for Houston police officers through the use of a time-tested method that inspired determination from both sides to get the job done without emotional conflicts and petty events. The Union had a dedicated team led by HPOU President Ray Hunt, First and Second Vice Presidents Doug Griffith and Joe Read More Read more

HPD Officers, We have a Contract!

Ray Hunt

The HPOU thanks the city bargaining team consisting of Assistant City Attorney Natalie Deluca, HPD EACs Martha Montalvo and Tim Oettmeier, and HPD attorneys Capt. Jim Jones and Lt. Bradley Morefield. Thanks also go out to former City Attorney David Feldman and current City Attorney Donna Edmundson.  This team saved city taxpayers thousands of dollars Read More Read more