May 2018

In this issue:

Editorial: A special ‘hats off’ for an outstanding job by HPOU’s Education Committee!

Tom Kennedy

SOMETIMES WE TAKE THE SUCCESS STORIES of great HPOU traditions for granted. For this reason the Badge & Gun takes its figurative hat off to Sgt. Rhonda Williams and members of the HPOU Education Committee for their extraordinary preparation and execution of the April 7 presentation breakfast for the 107 recipients of the annual HPOU Read More Read more

From Jim Kilty to Gary Gryder the HPD softball tradition goes on

Amanda Day

On April 8, 1976, Houston Police Officer James F. Kilty was shot and killed while attempting to serve a warrant. At the time of his death there was an active police softball community in Houston, and so it wasn’t long before the James F. Kilty softball tournament was born. Sponsored by the Houston Police Officers Read More Read more

Fallen Heroes: Officer R. Q. Wells

Nelson Zoch

July 30, 1927 Early in the morning hours of Saturday, July 30, 1927, Short Call Officers R.Q. Wells and M. A. Gresham were summoned to a call at the home of a W. A. Stallings, who had been found dead at his home from a gunshot wound. With Officer Wells driving, the officers approached the Read More Read more

Kelsey-Seybold: Chronic tiredness? Your thyroid could be the culprit, Kelsey-Seybold physician says

Kelsey-Seybold Staff

You’re a female officer with ongoing fatigue, hair loss, and sensitivity to cold, but can’t put your finger on any one cause. If this sounds like you, talk to your doctor about the possible need for a thyroid check.   Lost vitality and the other symptoms described suggest hypothyroidism, a condition in which your body Read More Read more

Civilian Employees and HPD Officers

Sgt. David Cole

There are over 5100 Classified employees and more than 1200 Civilian employees who work at the Houston Police Department. Civilians make up about 23% of the HPD workforce.   If you are an officer assigned to patrol, working evenings or nights with days off during the week you probably will not encounter many HPD civilian Read More Read more

Here’s the schedule for this year’s Police Week

Shelly Molina

The Houston Police Department will observe National Police Week from Monday, May 14 through Friday, May 18. The purpose of this observance is to increase the public’s awareness of the role of police officers and it is during this week that we remember and honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice of their lives Read More Read more

Other Operation Lone Star Future Plans

Jim Conley

On January 19, 2012, while on a combat mission a CH53D helicopter assigned to US Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 363, the Red Lions, crashed in the mountains of Afghanistan. Six marines, including Corporal Joey Logan, son of HPD Retirees Tom and Debi Logan, were killed. To honor the memories of these young men Tom and Read More Read more


Jim Conley

In early December Operation Lone Star placed 100 Christmas wreaths on veterans’ graves at Brookside Cemetery on I-69 North and another 100 Christmas wreaths on veterans’ graves at Rosewood Cemetery on Rankin Road in Humble. We also mailed Christmas care packages to troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.   Warriors Heart, a rehab facility for veterans Read More Read more

Operation Lone Star steadfast in continuing to honor heroes

Jim Conley

0200 hours, Jan. 17, 1971. Three squads of Recon Platoon, 1st Battalion, 52nd Infantry, 198th Light Infantry Brigade, Americal Division are approaching the South Vietnamese village of Quant Ngai, a known Viet Cong stronghold. Their mission is to kill or capture returning Viet Cong fighters. The vegetation is difficult to penetrate as the 3 squads Read More Read more

Weber and Rivera named Patrol Officers of the Month

Tom Kennedy

HPOU presented its Patrol Officers of the Month honor to Officers L. Weber and J. Rivera in the April general membership meeting. Sgt. Luis Menendez-Sierra detailed the event that earned these two officers the honor. He said last May 7 Weber and Rivera responded to a call regarding a suspicious person with a weapon at Read More Read more

Robbery & Theft detective awarded Investigator of the Month for her efforts to bring Hurricane Harvey looters to justice

Tom Kennedy

Detective Dana Wyche of Burglary and Theft Northeast Squad, was selected as one of HPOU’s monthly Investigator of the Month award winners. The recognition came in the April general membership meeting with Lt. Johnny Gonzales doing the honors before the HPOU membership. Lt. Gonzales made it clear why he thought Detective Wyche deserved the award. Read More Read more

Investigator of the Month Demetra Hammons honored for her compassion, expertise and professionalism

Tom Kennedy

Detective Demetra Hammons was named one of HPOU’s Investigators of the Month in April after her expert investigation of the aggravated robbery of a woman in the 12400 block of Oxford Park Drive. Hammons volunteered for the investigative assignment after hearing the facts. On Nov. 24 the victim was simply walking to her vehicle in Read More Read more

New Records set! 107 HPOU Scholarship recipients of $50,250

Tom Kennedy

The Houston Police Officers Union has adopted a habit of always breaking records in its most positive categories. One of the proudest and most obvious record-breaking habits happens every early spring when the HPOU awards a record number of scholarships to a record number of sons and daughters of Union members who are about to Read More Read more

Here’s latest information about your Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 110

Tom Hayes

The Houston Police Officers Union has been a member of the Fraternal Order of Police since 2011 as Lodge 110. A handful of you may recall the HPD connection to the FOP goes back to the days of the HPPU and Lodge 109. The HPOU has been working with several other law enforcement groups, Texas Read More Read more

First-ever Copoctober Fest to feature selection of HPD’s favorite local brew, the best chili/one pot and a Jeep showoff

Tom Kennedy

Assist the Officer Foundation board members couldn’t decide what to do next for their next fundraiser, so they decided to do it all. On Oct. 6 from noon to 6 p.m. ATO will hold the first Copoctober Fest / Chili cookoff / Jeep Showoff. Sept. 28 is national beer drinking day. ATO wants to help Read More Read more

HPD lieutenant’s wife and the mother of leukemia victim asks support to earn title as leading fundraiser to fight the disease

Tom Kennedy

The wife of an HPD lieutenant, a devoted fundraiser for the fight against leukemia and lymphoma, got out the word for help in her effort to raise enough funds to  enable her to be accorded national recognition. The message conveyed by Erin Cones, wife of Lt. Kyle  Cones, was not inspired by personal glory but Read More Read more

‘Books and Bears’ crusaders from Humble ISD return to HPOU, Have enlightening experience taking walking tour of Memorial

Tom Kennedy

Seldom has there been a more supportive group of students than the 12 members of the National Technical Honor Society in the Humble Independent School District. For going on two years now the group has actively sponsored its “Books and Bears” program, a positive community service project involving law enforcement. Members of the group and Read More Read more

Obituaries of HPD Family Members

Tom Kennedy

    ARCENEAUX Mr. Albert “MeMe” Clarence Arceneaux passed away on Tuesday, April 3, 2018. He is the brother of Senior Police Officer Janette L. Arceneaux, assigned to the Office of Public Affairs. Services were held April 12 with burial in Houston Memorial Gardens.   BURNS Retired Police Officer Judson B. Burns passed away on Read More Read more

Thank You Notes to HPOU

Tom Kennedy

HPOU, The flowers sent by the members of the Houston Police Officers Union were beautiful and greatly appreciated. The Paul Mitchell Family   HPOU, Thank you so much for the beautiful plan sent in honor of our wonderful husband, dad and grandpa. Your kindness and prayers were very much appreciated. The Family of Michael Wills Read More Read more