October 2017

In this issue:

Editorial: Outpouring of HPD support by Houstonians Continues to be more obvious than ever before

Tom Kennedy

IT SHOULD BE MORALE-UPLIFTING TO HOUSTON POLICE OFFICERS that an obviously growing number of Houstonians and Houston businesses are being so demonstrative in their ongoing support. As we know from daily news coverage, this encouraging condition is not always the case in America’s big-city police/community relationships. In Houston we are STRONG in working with community Read More Read more

Buddhist-inspired foundation provides $600 cash cards To HPD officers, civilians with severe Harvey damage

Tom Kennedy

Hurricane Harvey brought out what likely amounts to unprecedented generosity toward Houston police officers – especially those whose homes were all but destroyed by flood waters. The Tzu Chi Foundation, an international Buddhist-inspired organization, ardently believes in the importance of taking care of those who are taking care of the community. This generous benefit was Read More Read more

Perez Tribute: Go-to man Torabi found the heart in a restaurant community that graciously insured that Perez’ ‘family’ got the very best

Tom Kennedy

As we now know, the last act of Sgt. Steve Perez’ career demonstrated the selfless commitment he had to serving the people he was sworn to protect. Sgt. Perez perished in Hurricane Harvey’s flood waters while he drove his shop under a freeway on his way to his duty station. He perished in the overwhelming Read More Read more

South Gessner Division honors Capt. Bellamy For his strong 24/7 dedication to Harvey officers

Tom Kennedy

When Craig Bellamy was promoted to become an HPD captain in May he very likely didn’t realize he would have to “scramble” in his new assignment AT the South Gessner Division. Nor did it dawn on him that he would be sleeping on the job. And, golly, who would have thought that he would be Read More Read more


Jay Gause

The Houston Police Burial Fund will have its annual meeting on Thursday Jan. 11, 2018 at 11 a.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall located at 607 E. Whitney. All members of the Burial Fund are invited to attend. Board of Trustee positions 1, 2 and 3 will be elected at this meeting. To run Read More Read more

Officer Hartman’s intuition leads to multiple arrests, Earning him October Investigator of Month honors

Tom Kennedy

The HPOU honored Officer Chris Hartman as Investigator of the Month at the October general membership meeting. Sgt. Kevin McDaniel of the Narcotics Division nominated Hartman and detailed the circumstances that “peaked” Hartman’s investigative interest when he was having lunch near a Wendy’s in the Willowbrook area. Hartman was in plain clothes at the time. Read More Read more

HPD in full facility recovery with squeezes and ‘make-dos’

Tom Kennedy

As expected and as history proved, HPD weathered the worst flooding in Houston history with quick and effective improvisations and a well-planned remediation mode. To date, some temporarily displaced divisions are back together in their old locations, while others are in makeshift quarters that have been “squeezed-in” situations. Meanwhile, the Department fits into Mayor Sylvester Read More Read more

Harvey lost its battle against the Police Memorial because Buffalo Bayou Partnership volunteers cleaned things up

Tom Kennedy

Silt, debris and trash defaced the local treasure known as the Houston Police Memorial after Hurricane Harvey inundated the Bayou City with its seemingly endless flow of flood waters. But what the world has learned is that Houston is STRONG! The strong will and determination of 327 volunteers from the Buffalo Bayou Partnership (BBP) calmed Read More Read more

Fallen Hero: Detective Ed Jones

Nelson Zoch

September 13, 1929 On Friday night, September 13, 1929, veteran Houston Detective Ed Jones, a man of color, was home at his residence at 3527 McGregor Avenue. He lived there with his wife Sylvia. Sylvia’s brother, Johnnie Wilson, a man later described as demented, lived there on an occasional basis. He was there this night, Read More Read more

Psych Services: The missing ingredient in success and the education process

Lisa Garmezy

HPD families usually include marvelous parents. No group is perfect, but officers generally do well at steering their children to positive peer groups, encouraging physical activity and teaching morality. Good job, everyone. But—school success can challenge you and your kids. Greg Riede, the long-ago director of HPD Psychological Services, theorized that many police officers have Read More Read more

Obituaries of HPD Family Members

Tom Kennedy

    BAKER Mr. Elvis Baker passed away on Sunday, October 1, 2017. He is the father of Crisis Counselor Jennifer Y. Baker, assigned to the Central Division. Services were held October 13 with burial in Housotn National Cemetery.   BALTAZAR Mrs. Evelyn Baltazar passed away on Saturday, October 7, 2017, at the age of Read More Read more

Perez Celebration of Life Thank Yous

Tom Kennedy

Thanks Again! Thank you does not seem adequate to express our debt of gratitude to those who stepped up and stepped in to assist us, the Houston Police Department, during and post Hurricane Harvey.  This special gratute extends to those who helped with the Steve Perez Celebration of Life at the Houston Police Officers Union. Read More Read more

Thank You Notes to the HPOU

Tom Kennedy

      Dear HPOU, Thank you so much for the beautiful plant you sent to my mom’s (Bonny Montero) funeral. It was so thoughtful and very much appreciated. It had just spent a week volunteering at HPOU after Hurricane Harvey and saw many old friends and made new friends. I was so proud to Read More Read more