October 2015

In this issue:

October 2015 Obituaries

ALDERETE Rose Ann Alderete, age 65, passed away on Monday, August 24, 2015.  She is the sister of Senior Police Officer Arthur Mejia, assigned to the Major Offenders Division and the sister of Berta A. Mejia, City of Houston Municipal Courts Judge.  She is also the aunt of Vanessa J. Mejia, assigned to the Houston Read More Read more

Fallen Heroes: Officer James F. Willis

Nelson Zoch

Officer James Franklin Willis was born in Carthage on June 15, 1925. He attended elementary school in Galloway and graduated from Logansport High School in Louisiana in 1943. He served his country in the United States Army during World War II from February 1944 to December 1945. He joined the Houston Police Department in Cadet Read More Read more

Essay: I am offended by the treatment of the policing profession

Barbara A. Schwartz

I am offended. I’m offended that my being offended doesn’t matter and that offends me even more. I’m offended that those calling police officers prejudicial, and accusing law enforcement of racial profiling, are doing the same thing in reverse. Even worse, they don’t come close to recognizing that they are prejudicial and profiling; and they Read More Read more

Martin Milner: Law Enforcement Loses an Ambassador

Barbara A. Schwartz

(Editor’s Note: This article by Houston area police writer and advocate Barbara A. Schwartz was originally printed in the American Police Beat). He inspired a generation of men and women to pursue a career in law enforcement. He stood as an icon representing the ideal police professional. On Sunday, September 6th, actor Martin Milner passed Read More Read more

Psych Services: No question that direct, face-to-face bullying is still in style

Lisa Garmezy

Bullying can devastate children. Consider Vice President Joe Biden’s blunt words: “They made fun of me because I stuttered, and it hurt.” In the end, the “losers” made him stronger. The Veep’s video contribution to the online “It Gets Better” project supporting LGBT youth makes it clear that bullying was a significant experience in his Read More Read more

What Are Policemen Made Of?

Paul Harvey

Don’t credit me with the mongrel prose: it has many parents-at least 420,000 of them: Policemen. A Policeman is a composite of what all men are, mingling of a saint and sinner, dust and deity. Gulled statistics wave the fan over the stinkers, underscore instances of dishonesty and brutality because they are “new”. What they Read More Read more

2015-2016 ‘Pick Your Path’ Wellness Program

Human Resources

Over the past few years, you’ve learned your numbers, collected points, earned your discount, and improved your health. This year, we’re taking you down a new path to wellness. You’ll still need to visit your doctor for biometric measures, and take the same familiar health assessment, but the PICK YOUR PATH program is customized to Read More Read more

Promote the Positive Houston police to offer snow cones to youngsters in poor areas

Every day seems to produce positive ideas from men and women of faith who believe in Houston police officers and the job they perform every hour of the day. Recently, HPOU Board Member Tim Whitaker heard Dr. Ed Young, pastor of the Second Baptist Church of Houston, talk in a sermon about the positive results Read More Read more

Barn Yard Crime Stoppers: Adventures of Calf Scramble winner ‘Detective Mykala’ Lead to the recent unveiling of ‘Who let the cows out?’

Mykala Rodriguez

Editor’s Note: Mykala Rodriguez won a calf in the Calf Scramble at this year’s Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. The following his her update about her techniques for keeping her calf under control out at the “Barn Precinct.” See if you can figure out just who Detective Mykenzie is.) It was just another hot August Read More Read more

Ms. Elaine is retiring, bringing an end to a special era at HPOU’s ‘law office’ on the third floor on State Street

As Elaine Nolan of the HPOU law office retires after 20 years as the Union’s formidable administrative legal assistant, we learn that she never once wanted to call in sick to avoid a dreadful jobsite or bossy people. “Of all the places where I’ve ever been employed, I’ve never awakened in the morning and said Read More Read more

Union names Von Quintus Patrol Officer of the Month

The HPOU honored Officer Dennis Von Quintus as Patrol Officer of the Month in its September general membership meeting. Union board member Luis Menendez-Sierra detailed Von Quintus’ stop to check a suspicious vehicle parked on a vacant. He was on routine patrol at the time. When the officer ordered the occupants out of the vehicle, Read More Read more

Investigator of the Month honor presented to undercover Narcotics Officer Delacerta

The September HPOU Investigator of the Month honor went to Officer Delacerda in the Sept. 3 general membership meeting, the award presented by Narcotics Sgt. Mark Newcomb. Delacerta, a member of Academy Class No. 189, has been assigned to Narcotics for about two years, establishing himself in what Newcomb called “an excellent undercover officer, conducting Read More Read more

Houston’s 911 Heroes Run a $100,000 fundraiser, Once again making it the nation’s most successful

The Houston Police Officers Union in conjunction with the City of Houston and the Houston Airport System once again hosted the spectacular 5th Annual 911 Heroes Run, which has become the signature event for Houston for 911 Ceremonies. Race Director and HPD Capt. Greg Fremin told the Badge & Gun that Houston once again had the Read More Read more

This year’s Blue Santa toy distribution schedule Begins Nov 7-8, ends Dec. 4-6 – earlier than usual

The scheduling policy for this year’s Blue Santa toy distribution begins and ends much earlier than usual, Blue Santa coordinator Martha Bailey announced. In past years officers have been able to pick up their toys as late as Dec. 20. This year the distribution begins the first weekend in November (Nov. 7-8) and takes place Read More Read more

Houston area politicians and law enforcement leaders Stand together with one thing in common – PRAYER!

They all assembled to appear together united in one goal while television cameras rolled and all of Houston took notice. “They” were police officers, constables and the sheriff –shoulder to shoulder with a Republican district attorney, a Democratic dean of the state senate and an independent mayor of the nation’s fourth largest city. And crowded Read More Read more

HPOU’s ever-popular family picnic: Same activities but at a later time (Nov. 14) and brand new location

HPOU’s 4th Annual Family Picnic – an extremely popular event since the fall of 2012 – is set for Nov. 14, a month later than usual due to the need for a different location – the Houston Farm and Ranch Club, 1 Abercrombie St., in West Houston, near the intersection of Interstate 10 and Highway Read More Read more

Officer Curtis Believes: The genesis of PRAY FOR POLICE idea generated Years ago by HPD’s community policing approach

The sometimes slow-paced steps leading to the exciting new PRAY FOR POLICE campaign began a few years ago. Those slow and careful steps were initially taken by men of faith who happened to wear the blue uniform of the Houston Police Department. Evolution of PACA Over the last generation HPD has developed relationships with pastors Read More Read more

Chief McClelland: HPD’s Majority Minority Demographic a ‘Shock’ to most Houstonians

Police Chief Charles “Chuck” McClelland is quick to point out and detail HPD demographic information that he admits only a few Houstonians know about. McClelland said the department is the most diversified big-city PD in the nation, a positive effect from the fact that Houston is recognized as the most diverse city in the United Read More Read more

Editorial: We believe Houston heeds PRAY FOR POLICE And that God answers prayers for the good guys

The PRAY FOR POLICE CAMPAIGN INITIATED IN the wake of the tragic murder of Harris County Deputy Sheriff Darren Goforth is experiencing unquestionable success. Response has been so unbelievable that men and women of faith inside HPD believe God is answering the thousands of prayers going up for Houston police and countless other men and Read More Read more