November 2018

In this issue:

Stanley Security Solutions supplies SWAT with popular ‘rescue saw’ designed to cut through thickest steel doors

Tom Kennedy

Let’s say you’re an HPD SWAT officer in a life-threatening situation. Your fellow officers are covering while you must do some breeching – an iron door or the strongest burglar bars a crook can afford. In the recent past you would rely on a heavy gas-powered saw to cut through these obstacles, possibly while the Read More Read more

HPD retired Officer John Barnes, shot in the elbow when he confronted the Santa Fe active shooter, believes medical trauma training and presence of a tourniquet enabled another officer to save his life

Tom Kennedy

HPD retired Officer John Barnes, shot in the elbow when he confronted the Santa Fe active shooter, believes medical trauma training and presence of a tourniquet enabled another officer to save his life Officer training in recent years at the HPD has emphasized critical medical steps that can be taken to ensure that a wounded Read More Read more

Medic Trauma Training puts officers through a real-life test that combines policing tactics with the life-saving first aid strategies needed when serious wounds are sustained while on the streets of Houston

Tom Kennedy

Editor’s Note: A tourniquet on a fellow officer’s belt was quickly put to use on May 18 when retired HPD Officer John Barnes, who was acting as a Santa Fe school district officer, was seriously wounded when he confronted the active shooter in the hallways of Santa Fe High School. Barnes’ fellow officer, Gary Forward, Read More Read more

Take John Barnes’ advice – Don’t forget your tourniquet!

Tom Kennedy

Take John Barnes’ advice – Don’t forget your tourniquet! THE BADGE & GUN HAS MADE A CONSCIENTIOUS EFFORT TO determine if – as we believe – officers in the Houston Police Department are the best trained and best educated amongst big-city departments in America. We determined that two out of every three officers have a Read More Read more

Barnes had distinguished HPD career

Tom Kennedy

Then-HPD Senior Police Officer John Barnes was honored during Police Week 2008 as reactive investigator of the year. As an investigator, Barnes didn’t have to pull his sidearm to do his duty. Here are the words of the citation read when he was honored alongside other HPD officers and civilian employees as part of HPD’s Read More Read more

ATO’s first Coptoberfest was a bubbly success

Tom Kennedy

If you missed the first and hopefully annual ATO Coptobrfest craft beer, chili cookoff and Jeep showoff, there’s always next year. The Saturday of Oct. 6 was filled with musical sounds of the Phase Down band, which could well have become “the ATO house band.” The various Jeep clubs from the area showed their support Read More Read more

HPD’s tactical medical instruction has resulted in tourniquet usage that saved an HCC officer

Tom Kennedy

HPD’s tactical medical instruction has resulted in tourniquet usage that saved an HCC officer Since HPD started what was initially called the Self Aid Buddy Aid (SABA) program it has recorded several successful “save” opportunities, including the April 2015 case involving a Houston Community College officer who was stabbed multiple times while working an extra Read More Read more

New Meritorious Community Service Award winners to be selected by HPOU committee

Tom Kennedy

The HPOU has created a new award to recognized members who assist other members in areas outside of law enforcement. The Meritorious Community Service Award is designed to recognize members of the Houston Police Officers Union who have gone above and beyond in serving their community outside the scope of their law enforcement duties. The Read More Read more

Suicide Rate Up: HPD forms Peer Support Unit to provide help For officers experiencing unusual stress levels

Tom Kennedy

HPD forms Peer Support Unit to provide help For officers experiencing unusual stress levels The suicide rate at HPD is sadly over and above the line of duty death rate – maybe even double. The Department has created the Peer Support Unit of chaplain/officers and here is how HPD is treating the situation. As one Read More Read more

Investigator of the Month Honors Officer Moises Zamora

Tom Kennedy

The Houston Police Officers Union presented Officer Moises Zamora with its Investigator of the Month honor in the October general membership meeting. Here is the Zamora story. In August of this year Officer Zamora, working in an undercover capacity, was telephonically introduced to a Mexico­-based drug cartel member who was looking for U.S.-based customers desiring Read More Read more

Crowder and Linton named HPOU Patrol Officers of the Month

Tom Kennedy

The Union awarded Patrol Officers of the Month honors to Officers Zachary Crowder and Adam Linton in the October general membership meeting. The two officers were conducting surveillance in an apartment complex on the northeast side as part of their duties with Northeast TACT. They observed a male walking through the complex carrying a pistol Read More Read more

Police Officers Have High Risk of Hearing Loss: Kelsey-Seybold Audiologist Shares Common Signs

Kelsey-Seybold Staff

Those involved in law enforcement are exposed to a variety of high-noise sources, including sirens, gunfire, traffic, motorcycle engines, a barking K9 partner, and radio chatter, so it’s important to protect your hearing and watch for signs of hearing loss. “Gradual hearing loss can affect people of all ages,” says Jennifer Kimberly, Au.D., C.C.C.-A., a Read More Read more

HOUSTON POLICE BURIAL FUND 2019 ANNUAL MEETING

Jay Gause

The Houston Police Burial Fund will have its annual meeting on Thursday January 10, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall located at 607 E. Whitney, Houston, Texas. All members of the Burial Fund are invited to attend. Board of Trustee positions 4, 5, and 6 will be elected at this meeting. Read More Read more

Suicide Rate Up: HPD forms Peer Support Unit

Tom Kennedy

The suicide rate at HPD is sadly over and above the line of duty death rate – maybe even double. The Department has created the Peer Support Unit of chaplain/officers and here is how HPD is treating the situation. As one of the chaplains put it, these fellow officers want to be there to serve Read More Read more

Obituaries of HPD Family Members

Tom Kennedy

  ACEVEDO-AGUILAR Mr. Jose P. Acevedo-Aguilar passed away on Wednesday, September 19, 2018, at the age of 86. He is the father of Sergeant Samuel Acevedo, assigned to the Narcotics Division, and Senior Office Assistant Rosalie A. Flores, assigned to the Airport Division – IAH. He is also the grandfather of Sergeant Jennifer R. Saldana, Read More Read more

Fallen Heroes: Officer Guy Gaddis

Nelson Zoch

January 31, 1994 Guy Patrick Gaddis was born on March 21, 1969 in Houston, Texas. He attended public schools in Pearland, graduating from Pearland High School in 1987. He served his country honorably in the United States Army and returned to the Houston area after his discharge. He joined the Houston Police Department in Police Read More Read more