November 2019

In this issue:

With gratitude, from our members…

Editorial Staff

Dear Houston Police Officers Union, My family and I appreciate your thoughts, prayers, and kindness upon hearing about the passing of my brother. The plant you sent was absolutely beautiful. It means so much to me to have the support of my fellow officers during this time. Praying for many returned blessings to you all. Read More Read more

Murdock Shot during Domestic Disturbance Call, Dies Six Days later while on the Operating Table

Nelson Zoch, Contributor

EOW: 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 Read More Read more

Finding hope and wisdom in unexpected places

Dr. Lisa Garmezy

Bill Gates boosts his mood by browsing Leonardo da Vinci’s notebooks. It’s easy for him, since he owns one. Gates reminds himself of the constancy of human inventiveness. Our ability to create through the ages tells him that we can find solutions to the problems we face. What inspires you? What keeps you going or Read More Read more

Sleep deprivation can impair health, job performance. A medical specialist gives strategies for better quality of sleep

Kelsey Seybold

“Ongoing sleep deprivation can compromise your mental as well as physical health and well-being,” says Puneet Patni, M.D., a board-certified physician specializing in Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine at Kelsey-Seybold Clinic. “Sleep deprivation is not unique to law enforcement, but the consequences of habitual lack of sleep can be amplified by the unique stressors that come Read More Read more

HPD Family Violence Unit sees job become more dangerous, thanks Union For its continuing support

Tom Kennedy, Editor

The Thank-You note the HPD Family Violence Unit sent the Union during October Domestic Violence Awareness Month was well-received and certainly a gracious show of appreciation for the cooperation amongst Houston police officers. And we have to point out that the kind words expressed by Lt. Kira Webster also served to remind us of the Read More Read more

Officers Estrada and Villarreal recognized for successful pursuit of domestic violence suspect with semi-automatic rifle

Editorial Staff

The Union presented Patrol Officer of the Month awards to Officers R. E. Estrada and A. C. Villarreal for their work apprehending a domestic violence suspect who had narcotics and a semi-automatic rifle in his possession. Furthermore, the suspect – who had threatened his ex-wife with assault – was wearing a tactical bulletproof vest at the Read More Read more

Quick officer response resulted in successful rescue and recovery of Officer Taylor Roccaforte, who was shot by crime spree suspect

Editorial Staff

On September 12, officer Taylor Roccaforte was working the Democratic presidential debate at Texas Southern University. While working the event a crime spree was taking place just up the street from the debate with four suspects who had carjacked a Chevy Tahoe. The vehicle was found abandoned at which time Roccaforte and several other officers Read More Read more

Burglary and Theft Detective Wyche recognized for her successful apprehension of habitual church burglar

Editorial Staff

HPOU honored Detective Dana Wyche as its Investigator of the Month in the October general membership meeting for her investigation of 21 church burglaries that resulted in the arrest and confession of the prime suspect. The senior police officer began her investigations of the series of church burglaries on the northeast side in 2018 and Read More Read more

The date you’re saving is getting closer: 3rd Annual ATO Heroes’ Gala – March 28, 2020

Editorial Staff

Get ready to dance, have fun and honor the heroes in the Houston Police Department. It’s time to mark your calendars for the third annual Assist the Officer Heroes’ Gala, set for Saturday, March 28. Assist the Officer is excited to announce, the venue is changing to accommodate more guests since the Gala keeps selling Read More Read more

HPD Museum’s Chicano Squad display officially dedicated, spotlighting Squad’s history-making achievements, memories

Tom Kennedy, Editor

The chief called them “trailblazers,” the mayor suggested a television series spotlighting their groundbreaking investigations and a Houston City Council member praised their work as rebuilders of the trust between HPD and Houston’s Hispanic communities. The occasion was the October 11 dedication of the HPD Chicano Squad exhibit at the HPD Museum on the first Read More Read more

2019 Houston Police Memorial

Editorial Staff

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HPOU announces results of Board of Directors election

Editorial Staff

HPOU announced the results of this fall’s Board of Directors election, which resulted in the need for runoffs for two Board positions Nos. 10 and 19. HPOU President Joe Gamaldi was reelected, having received 89 percent of the vote, winning over challenger Robert Torres. Runoff competitors for Board Position No. 10 were Joseph Dunn and Read More Read more

Ah ha! Michigan State study of police shootings shows vast majority are not racially motivated

Tom Kennedy, Editor

The anti-police rhetoric of community leaders who assert that police shootings are racially motivated should be quieted – and contradicted – by a joint report issued by Michigan State University and the University of Maryland. The detailed research project included the particulars of every fatal shooting involving American police officers in 2015. As stressed by Read More Read more

ATO, HPOU, FOP all come through to offer grants to help officers with damaged homes, cars

Editorial Staff

Ever present to help HPD officers in need, Assist the Officer was able to provide $62,500 to officers suffering from home or vehicle damage from Tropical Storm Imelda. And the story doesn’t stop there. HPOU was able to provide $9,500 to officers who lost or suffered from personal vehicle damage as a result of the Read More Read more

HPOU favorite Judge Maria Jackson announces her plan to oppose Precinct 1 Commissioner Ellis

Editorial Staff

Judge Maria Jackson, Harris County’s longest-serving felony court judge, was well received at the HPOU October general membership meeting when she announced to the crowd that she will oppose Commissioner Rodney Ellis in the March Democratic primary. The judge has long been a favorite of HPOU for her fairness to both sides in criminal cases Read More Read more

Beard and fingernail policy relaxed in HPD plan to raise funds for Pediatric Brain Cancer

Darlene M. Johnson

The Houston Police Department will be helping to raise research funds for THE CURE STARTS NOW HOUSTON cancer fundraiser, which is dedicated to finding a cure for all cancers, starting first with the most deadly – Pediatric Brain Cancer. Your support will help some of the youngest Texans battling this deadly childhood cancer, which is Read More Read more

Sugar Land Holiday Lights

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Trust Dental and Vision plan changes

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HPD at Wings Over Houston 2019

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Obituaries of HPD Family Members

Editorial Staff

ATKINS Retired Police Officer Charles H. Atkins passed away on Monday, October 7, 2019, at the age of 85. He is survived by his wife, Sonja G. Atkins. He joined the Houston Police Department on October 1, 1956, Academy Class No.15. During his career with the department, he was assigned to the Traffic, Safety, Narcotics, Read More Read more

Paws and Patrol!

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