November 2016

In this issue:

Editorial: The HPOU PAC Endorsements in the General Election

Tom Kennedy

HPOU PAC General Election Endorsements   PLEASE FIND HERE THE CANDIDATES THAT HPOU’S POLITICAL Action Committee finds to be the best qualified in their respective races and worthy of the PAC’s endorsement.   Texas Supreme Court Justice, Place 5, Paul Green (R) Justice, Place 9, Eva Guzman (R)   COURT OF CRIMINAL APPEALS Place 2, Read More Read more

The Blue Family and the Good Lord working with Jorge Gomez to fight the Big C with prayers, positive thinking and a hunting trip

Tom Kennedy

Jorge Gomez grew up never wanting to be anything else but a police officer. Gomez achieved that life goal 25 and a half years ago when he joined the Houston Police Department. Through those HPD years he did things you might expect – such as the name he chose for his son. “This is my Read More Read more

Momentum for HPOU’s statewide Let’s Pray Texas Effort is gaining support as Oct. 19 date approaches

Tom Kennedy

Churches all over Texas have joined a growing number of law enforcement agencies to hold special Oct. 19 ceremonies to pray for law enforcement officers everywhere. Event leader Doug Griffith, HPOU’s first vice president, said each church, agency and community support group will participate by conducting a prayer service at 1 p.m. that day. Griffith Read More Read more

New Jersey police department dedicates its annual junior police academy to HPD fallen Officer Richard K. Martin

Tom Kennedy

The Voorhees Police Department in New Jersey but only 15 minutes out of Philadelphia dedicated its 3rd Annual Junior Police Academy to our fallen hero, Houston Police Officer Richard K. Martin. The story about how this great honor came to pass began during Police Week in May when Voorhees Lt. William D. Walsh met Martin’s Read More Read more

Budding family support group publishes Officer Down Planning Guide to aid law enforcement families in crisis

Tom Kennedy

Until you become familiar with their purpose you might chuckle when you learn that the Houston Law Enforcement Officers Family Support Unit has developed a membership list almost as long as its name. The acronym is rather daunting – HLEOFSU – but don’t let that detract from the deeply committed purpose of this group of Read More Read more

The message is simple: donating to the Houston Police Foundation through the Combined Municipal Campaign pays dividends for us

Charlie Vasquez

I have the honor of serving you as an assistant chief overseeing the Professional Development Command. My duties and responsibilities are numerous and varied. Of my many duties, the two that pay the most immediate and tangible dividends are serving as the HPD liaison to the Houston Police Foundation and HPD Chairman of the Combined Read More Read more

Vietnam era soldiers who later served in HPD To be recognized at Union’s Nov. 3 meeting

Tom Kennedy

All Vietnam War veterans who went on to become Houston police officers will be specially recognized at the Union’s Nov. 3 general membership meeting. The HPOU and Operation Lone Star laid out this special recognition as their part in the U. S. Department of Defense’s commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War. Honoring Read More Read more

Houston’s 9/11 Heroes Run draws 3,000 Runners, once again one of nation’s best

Greg Fremin

The Houston Police Department was once again honored to host the 9/11 Heroes Run, which has become a recognized national event that honors the memory of the victims of 9/11 and the wars since. Held Sept. 10 at Ellington Airport to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the terrorist invasion of America, the 5K run was Read More Read more

Fallen Heroes: Officer Oscar Hope

Nelson Zoch

June 22, 1929 On Saturday night, at 8:30 p.m. one Felix Andres, a Negro male, came to Houston Police Headquarters complaining of threats on his life made by Henry Charles. Andres complained to Detective Sergeant Roy Young that Charles had come to his house at 408 Bayou, where Andres, his sister Laura Andres and a Read More Read more

Earl Musick updates the case of Claude Wilkerson

Earl Musick

  On February 22, 2016, J. C. “Claude” Wilkerson, a former death-row inmate from Houston, was charged with kidnapping a woman and keeping her chained up as a sex slave in his Gateway home, near Grand Junction Colorado. Wilkerson, 62, is in custody at the Mesa County Detention Facility,  facing a number  of charges including: Read More Read more

Operation Lone Star has its busiest year!

Jim Conley

Operation Lone Star-Texans Supporting Our Troops has had its busiest year since its beginning on July 4th, 2008. We are now celebrating our 8th year and thanks to our friends who support our endeavors we’re doing more than ever. Among all the happy moments there were many somber ones. We’ve made too many journeys this Read More Read more

Obituaries of HPD Family Members

Tom Kennedy

ALLBRITTON Retired Police Officer Alvin L. Allbritton passed away on Monday, September 19, 2016. He was a veteran of the United States Marine Corps. He joined Police Academy Class No. 16 on March 4, 1957, and retired on January 30, 1981.  He is survived by his wife, Carrie Allbritton. BELL Mr. Pinkston L. Bell Jr. Read More Read more

Thank You Notes to HPOU

Tom Kennedy

HPOU, Thank you for the beautiful plant that was sent for my brother’s memorial service. It is truly appreciated. Frances Dominguez   HPOU, Thank you for the beautiful peace lily plant for Jim. It was very thoughtful of you. Bobbie Coley   Dear HPOU, Thank you so much for the generous scholarship. I appreciate it Read More Read more