May 2017

In this issue:

Editorial: Tillman Fertitta proves one more time (as if he had to) That he has no brackets when it comes to HPD’s benefit

Tom Kennedy

WHETHER IT’S TOUTING THE HOUSTON COUGARS, THE HOUSTON Police Foundation or even his businesses, entrepreneur Tillman Fertitta stays at the top of his game. Lately that game was NCAA basketball, particularly the March Madness bracket that’s always the highest level of sports excitement between the Super Bowl, the NBA Championship and the World Series. Just Read More Read more

How Brave are You?

Barbara A. Schwartz

You run toward danger while everyone else runs away. When an assist is dropped, you rush to the scene lights on, sirens blaring. That takes bravery and courage. Dropping an assist when things hit the fan on the streets is considered good, sound, safe tactics in law enforcement culture and training–not a sign of weakness Read More Read more

Officers Krantz and Ware honored as Patrol Officers of Month

Tom Kennedy

On Feb 20 of last year, Officers Shane Krantz and Ryan Ware conducted a traffic stop in the 1400 block of 34th Street, little knowing that they would soon encounter a dangerous felon who was not willing to go back to jail. As Officer Krantz was dealing with the driver of the traffic stop, Officer Read More Read more

Tom Brady’s Super Bowl LI jersey stolen! Who you gonna call? HPD Major Offenders!

Tom Kennedy

When a major theft occurred at the nation’s top sports event, HPD investigators responded and put more points on the proverbial scoreboard than the New England Patriots. We all know the circumstances and what happened. Patriots quarterback Tom Brady led his team to the most exciting come-from-behind Super Bowl victories in the history of the Read More Read more

HPD focuses on replacing sexual assault and family violence myths with today’s realities

Tom Kennedy

Perhaps the most prevalent police investigation myths center around sexual assault and family violence cases. HPD works hard to figuratively shoot down the myths with lessons on the latest realities found in case studies and ardent criminal justice research. Herewith, the Badge & Gun attempts to sort out a few of these common myths by Read More Read more

In-Service Course: Department’s partnership course with Women’s Center is shedding new light on the effects of trauma on sexual assault/family violence victims

Tom Kennedy

A new term has emerged in HPD’s stepped-up efforts to effect improvements in the investigation of sexual assault and family violence cases. The term: the neurobiology of trauma(.) The Department has an ongoing in-service class to foster officers’ improved understanding about what is happening and how investigators can better handle these types of investigations. When Read More Read more

Eastside DRT/Community Service Unit mans soccer team To reach out to worthy opponents – elementary school players

Eastside Soccer Captain

The Eastside DRT/Community Service Unit has increased its presence in the East End community with various new initiatives. One particular example is the “School Outreach Project” in which officers from the unit met with students, teachers and administrators at elementary schools in the area and answered questions from these groups as well as parents. While Read More Read more

HPOU puts some impressive Wheelchair Rugby players On the UH field against some really dedicated athletes!

Michael Ybanez

It was a picture-perfect Cougar day on Saturday, April 8, when HPOU Board members, participants and their families and friends met at the University of Houston Recreation Center to participate in their fourth HPOU-sponsored Wheelchair Rugby event. Co-hosted by the UH and Adaptive Athletics, a student-led organization dedicated to promoting athletic programs for students with Read More Read more

Tillman Fertitta ‘brackets’ $161,500 for Houston Police Foundation!

Charlene Floyd

Bloomberg’s “Brackets for a Cause” March Madness charity contest returned for another year, giving the biggest names in American business and finance a change to make their picks for the NCAA tournament to benefit charity. Bloomberg brought together a group of titans from the worlds of business and finance once again to take their best Read More Read more

Exciting Assist The Officer fundraiser set for May 6 at Under the Radar Brewery

Tom Kennedy

The Assist The Officer Foundation – an HPD institution since 1991 – will hold an exciting fundraising event at the Under the Radar brewery at 1506 Truxillo in Midtown on Saturday, May 6. “Come join us for what is going to be an annual event,” Tom Hayes, HPOU 3rd vice president, said. “The purpose is Read More Read more

HPOU Prayer Room running at a steady pace, Praying for HPD officers, other law enforcement

Tom Kennedy

The HPOU prayer warriors are aiming toward the establishment of a 24/7 intercessory prayer operation in their designated room in the Breck Porter Building. They are calling their special location the Houston 24/7 Altar. These special warriors consist of volunteer civilians whose task is to pray for HPD officers and law enforcement officers all over Read More Read more

Fallen Heroes: Officer Dave Murdock

Nelson Zoch

June 27, 1921 David Duncan Murdock was born in Bryan, Texas on August 31, 1884. His parents were Mr. and Mrs. J. H. (Ella) Murdock. He came to the Houston Police Department on October 15, 1920, from Bryan, where he had been employed as a deputy sheriff and constable. The best information about David Murdock’s Read More Read more

Fallen Heroes: Officer Jeter Young

Nelson Zoch

June 19, 1921 On Sunday afternoon, June 19, 1921, Officers Jeter Young and Wilbur E. Scearce were assigned to run a “short call” out on Washington Avenue. After completing this assignment, they were en route back to the main police station on Caroline with Officer Scearce driving. As their car entered the intersection of Preston Read More Read more

Psych Services: How to ruin a good apology

Lisa Garmezy

“Baby, you know you bug me—there ain’t no doubt about that.” Aretha found a ride in the pink Cadillac fixed everything. The rest of us want an apology. “I’m sorry” doesn’t always come easily, or graciously. Consciously or not, we often sabotage our apologies. Based on Why Won’t You Apologize? by my favorite self-help writer, Read More Read more

Soothing a Colicky Baby

Kelsey Siebold Staff

Colic affects between 5 percent and 25 percent of infants between 2 weeks and 4 months old. If you have a baby that cries predictably for at least three hours a day with no end in sight, you might have a colicky baby on your hands. Colic is usually diagnosed when other potential reasons for Read More Read more

The Struggle Is Real for New Moms — But so Worth it, Kelsey-Seybold Pediatrician Says

Kelsey Seybold Staff

What does it mean to be a working mom? As you’re probably quickly realizing, working and mothering are two entirely distinct and separate jobs. If being a mom weren’t a job in and of itself, then there would be no such things as nannies and daycares. As if the responsibility isn’t massive enough, it also Read More Read more

Obituaries of HPD Family members

Tom Kennedy

BANKS Ms. Ebony J. Banks passed away on Sunday, March 26, 2017 at the age of 18. She is the daughter of Gregory J. Banks, assigned to the Office of Technology Services. Services were held April 1 with burial in Houston Memorial Gardens.  BEATY Mr. Samuel L. Beaty passed away on Monday, March 27, 2017, Read More Read more

Thank You Notes to HPOU

Tom Kennedy

HPOU, Thank you for sending flowers to my mother’s funeral. My family and I appreciate it very much. Jeffrey Wilborn HPOU, Thank you for the green plant you sent in memory of my mom. It’s beautiful and I will endeavor to keep it alive. Love, Jeannine & Frank Miller and Family HPOU, I would like Read More Read more