I wanted to use this article as an opportunity to remind you just how great you are and how great of a job you all do every day protecting the people of the great city of Houston.
With all that is swirling with the Harding Street warrant and a police officer arrested for murder, it is easy for folks like us to want to hang their head and lose confidence in who we are.
Let me remind you that you are the best police officers in the world. You consistently go out there every day answering the call to protect the City of Houston amidst the worst staffing crisis in the history of the Houston Police Department.
For patrol you are running call to call to call, desperately trying to clear the board while also responding as promptly you can to every call.
You do all of this to provide the best response possible for your community with the limited resources we have.
For investigations you are under crippling caseloads with no end in sight. Yet you still give every case with workable leads the attention it deserves. This way the victim does not feel that they are one of 50 cases you are working. Instead, you make them feel like they are the only case you have.
I could provide an endless list detailing the exceptional work of specialized HPD divisions (SWAT, Dive Team, Marine, Air Support, Recruiting and the academy. You get the idea – the list goes on and on.
Although we are exceptional every day, when the national spotlight is on us we really shine. In a department that is understaffed anywhere from 1,200 to 1,500 officers we have shown time and time again that we are up to any task that is put in front of us. Every large-scale event or natural disaster that we have experienced has shown that we always rise to the occasion to protect this city above and beyond anyone’s expectations.
Our exceptionalism was on full display during Hurricane Harvey when we made Houston Strong. We worked several days in row without sleep, answered every call and coordinated the largest rescue effort Houston has ever seen. In recent years we have hosted a Trump Rally, two American League Championship series (Go Astros!), a World Series, World Series parade (Take It Back), Super Bowl, Final Four and, once again, the list goes on and on.
The point of my rehash is yes, we are experiencing an exceptional number of challenging events during this time in our city’s history, but we will come out the other side of the challenges stronger than ever before. The public will continue to see the 5,200 ambassadors in blue who go out there every day risking their lives to protect the community we love.
No one can take away the amazing job you do every day. Keep it up! You are the best police officers in the world!
We will be holding our scholarship breakfast here at the HPOU on the morning of Saturday, April 27. We will have 87 young, intelligent sons and daughters of our members receiving checks for a total of more than $45,000. Congratulations to all recipients! The hard work you put into your application and essay has paid off. This is a just another way the HPOU invests in our members and their families.
I would be remiss if I didn’t thank Board Member Rhonda Williams, the chair of our education committee and coordinator of our scholarship program and the breakfast. She does a phenomenal job running every aspect of this great scholarship program. Thank you, Rhonda.
As I informed you in last month’s article, there is a scheduled hearing on April 18 to determine the legality of Prop B. We are hoping for a resolution one way or another in the weeks that follow the hearing. Of course, we will keep you updated with any breaking news with our push notification on our App (download it if you don’t have it yet) and through email eblast.
As always, be safe out there and if you need anything, I am only a phone call away, text, or reach me at the following: email (firstname.lastname@example.org), messenger on Facebook, DM on twitter (@JoeGamaldi).