March 2016

In this issue:

Thank You Notes to HPOU

Tom Kennedy

Houston Police Officers Union, I would like to thank you for the plant sent in memory of my father, William Shelby “Bill” Powell. It is a beautiful plant and very, very much appreciated. Thank you again, Family of Paul Powell  HPOU, Thank you to all of you in the Houston Police Officers Union. David (David Read More Read more

March 2016 Obituaries

Tom Kennedy

ALLEN Mrs. Frances M. Allen, 71, passed away on Thursday, January 7, 2016. She is the mother of Senior Police Officer Lisa R. Green, assigned to the Special Operations Division. Services were held January14 with burial in Brookside Cemetery. BARNARD Retired Police Officer Donald Allen Barnard, 79, passed away on Friday, December 25, 2015. He Read More Read more

Fallen Heroes: Officer Paul W. Whitlock

Nelson Zoch

April 22, 1928 On Tuesday, April 17, 1928, a group of six uniformed Houston police officers were on the sixth floor of the Police Headquarters on Caroline Street in downtown Houston. There existed at that time a make-shift indoor pistol range and these officers, who all worked the 3-11 p.m. shift, were conducting informal pistol Read More Read more

Barn Yard Crime Stoppers Adventures of ‘Detective Mykala’ featured A true peacetime during the Christmas season


Editor’s Note: Mykala Rodriguez won a calf in the Calf Scramble at this year’s Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. The following his her update about her techniques for keeping her calf under control out at the “Barn Precinct.” See if you can figure out just who Detective Mykenzie is.) This report was compiled on Dec. Read More Read more

Why Do You Think Crime is on the Rise?

Lt. Jim Glennon

Reprinted with permission from A little over two years ago, in August of 2013, I wrote an article in which I both scolded and warned the public, the pundits, media types, politicians and, specifically, the ACLU about their negative and incendiary rhetoric towards the police in New York City and law enforcement in general. Read More Read more

Psych Services: Fear – exotic threats and everyday causes

Lisa Garmezy

For the uninitiated, fear usually causes one of two reactions. People can go into “deer-in-the-headlights” mode – panicky, paralyzed and unable to act. Or, they think they have nothing to lose and take unnecessary risks. Police training instills more reasonable behavior. Everyone tells me in a crisis, the training kicks in. Fear may sneak in Read More Read more

Operation Lone Star saw many exciting, rewarding moments in 2015, looks forward to new goals and excitement in the new year

Jim Conley

As we look forward to what 2016 holds for Operation Lone Star – Texans Supporting Our Troops I also want to look back at 2015, our busiest, therefore our best and most satisfying, year to date. We visited with old friends, made many new friends, and accomplished more than in our previous eight years. None Read More Read more

HPD History: Detectives with empty guns borrow one from confrontational Hotel manager to help arrest rapist on White Oak Bayou

Earl Musick

As Houston Police Officers, we used whatever resources we had available in arresting the bad guys. A recent newspaper article from late 1974 brought back memories about three Homicide detectives who were down to their last three bullets after a chase and shootout with a suspected rapist. On Friday at around 3 p.m. a teenage Read More Read more

HPD Major Offenders Division works fascinating cases with other agencies, combining crime-fighting ingenuity

Mike Ybanez

In late September 2014, in an apartment complex in Southwest Houston, 10 uniformed and tactically armed “Law Enforcement” Officers conducted a raid on a single family apartment residence. Five “Officers” made entry and confronted the male and female residents while five other “Officers” took up positions outside the residence and kept watch as neighbors poured Read More Read more

Officer Bice’s decisive actions thwart suspects’ body-dumping effort

Tom Kennedy

Officer Reagan B. Bice’s well-timed stop of a speeding vehicle on the Eastex service road resulted in the arrest of three home invasion suspects and the recovery of their victim’s body in their vehicle. Bice’s actions succeeded in thwarting the efforts of the suspects to “dump the body” of their most recent victim. The officer’s Read More Read more

Chief McClelland Touts Near Record Low Number of Complaints Filed

HPD Public Affairs

Houston Police Chief Charles A. McClelland, Jr. says for a second consecutive year another record low number of internal affairs complaints were filed by citizens against HPD officers in 2015. Despite responding to more than one million calls for service and having thousands of other contacts with the public, citizens filed only 209 complaints against Read More Read more

HPD Premieres Video Depicting Dangers of Drinking and Driving

HPD Public Affairs

At a premiere event today (Jan. 28), officers with the Houston Police Department’s DWI Task Force joined the Harris County District Attorney’s Office, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), other local law enforcement agencies and Texas Pictures in debuting a video depicting the dangers of drinking and driving. “You’ve heard the message for years ‘Don’t Drink Read More Read more

Secret Santa: Wow what a policing duty! Using probable cause to give away 50 $100 bills to citizens at Christmas

Tom Kennedy

When special unprecedented duty calls, HPD officers, both old and young, veterans and rookies, figure out the best course of action. The old veteran Tim Whitaker felt awestruck, challenged and – really – blessed at Christmastime when HPOU President Ray Hunt tasked him and his PPO with the delightful assignment to give away 50 $100 Read More Read more

Editorial: HPOU PAC Endorsements in March 1 Primary Election

Tom Kennedy

TEXAS’ PRIMARY ELECTION IS SNEAKING UP ON ALL OF US. It will take place Tuesday, March 1. The HPOU Political Action Committee has released its list of Republican endorsements in that election. And they are: STATE REPRESENTATIVES District 126 – Kevin Roberts District 127 – Dan Huberty District 128 – Wayne Smith District 129 – Read More Read more