Badge & Gun: August 2014

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President's Message

President's Message: Compensation, compensation, compensation

As was noted in my last column, we anticipated a possible contract opener for this summer regarding an extension of our current contract.  It occurred and our first meeting was July 8.  We have compiled a list of items we wanted in the next contract and items many of you sent to us or expressed to us in person. 


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Editorial: HPOU Milestones and Upcoming Events

THE DOG DAYS OF SUMMER HAVE BEEN ANYTHING but uneventful at the Houston Police Officers Union. There have been some milestones as well as the planning and communications about key events in the near future.

Oct. 2 is Board filing deadline

Filing for this year’s election of HPOU’s two vice presidents and even-numbered Board of Directors positions opens Sept. 1 and officially lasts through 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 2.

Plan now to attend HPOU’s 3rd annual family picnic Oct. 18

The third annual HPOU picnic will take place on Oct. 18 at what has become its traditional location at Tin Hall, 14800 Tin Hall Rd in Cypress.

Special counseling line has opened to Houston officers trusting peers for help

Now operational for more than a month, the Houston Officers Peer Assistance (HOPA) team consists of 15 well-trained retired HPD officers, each with at least 25 years of the gamut of career experiences that enable them to provide counseling 24/7.

Zapata presented Investigator of Month Award

HPOU presented Officer Mark Zapata with HPOU Investigator of the Month honors in the June general membership meeting.

Patrol honorees are Calhoun, Hightower and Munoz

The HPOU honored three officers for their outstanding work on Patrol, having named the trio as Patrol Officers of the Month in the Union’s June general membership meeting.

Lisa Marino replaces Krystal, has people-pleasing background

There are new faces at HPOU. One of them is actually already familiar to many members but recently was named to undertake a new calling.

Heidi Hlavinka loves being the first face you see on HPOU’s first floor

Heidi Hlavinka will greet you with a smile and tell you that her mother named her after the girl in the movie Heidi.

HPD’s Photo Lab is compiling great customer service record while shooting minor and major events in HPD history

The HPOU and its leadership always seem to be in the mood to sing the praises of unsung heroes.

An Open Letter to Chronicle Columnist Bill King

Editor’s Note: the following is an email Sgt. Rodney Hill sent to Houston Chronicle columnist Bill King in response to King’s comments about watermelons and Chief Charles “Chuck” McClelland. It is reprinted here. Sgt. Hill also sent a second email to King asking him why he hadn’t responded to this email.

 Dear Mr. King,

 As a 37-year veteran of the Houston Police Department and white, I'm personally offended by the obvious racially insensitive joke you referred to in your column about my chief and his management of HPD. This is just the kind of stereotype that keeps all blacks mentally in the back of the bus. Your explanation was a nice try, but to me it is clear that you and whoever checks your work are either out of touch with where we are as a people trying to overcome years of racial injustice, or I guess you and the Chronicle Editorial Board are just closet racists.

HPROA extends free memberships To spouses of officers killed on duty

The Board of Directors of the Houston Police Retired Officers Association (HPROA) has offered free lifetime memberships in the organization to the surviving spouses of HPD officers who died in the line of duty.

Stars and Stripes raises $30,000 for ATO, Operation Lone Star

For the fourth consecutive year the HPOU hosted the celebrated Stars and Stripes charity golf tournament, which was held again at the beautiful Clubs of Kingwood on May 5.

Active shooter education now taught to a growing number of Houstonians

“Active shooters are wimps with guns,” Stephen Daniel tells Houston community groups.

“They are all cold-blooded killers with no remorse, no compassion. No hearts. No souls. They are driven to killing as many innocent human beings as they can.”

Active Shooter Defense Trainer Stephen Daniel’s Background

Stephen Daniel began his security/law enforcement career managing corporate investigations for Burns International Security Services. These included undercover, background, surveillance and white collar crime.

Fallen Heroes: Officer Charlie Clark

April 3, 2003

Charles R. “Charlie” Clark was born in Houston October 24, 1957. Raised on the southeast side in the South Park area, he attended Gregg Elementary School, Hartman Junior High and Jesse H. Jones High School. After high school, he attended San Jacinto Junior College. Clark joined the Houston Police Department in Police Cadet Class No. 112 on April 4, 1983 and graduated on August 5, 1983. Officer Charlie Clark spent his entire career at the Clear Lake and Park Place Substations and the Southeast Command Station. He was a street cop for nearly twenty years. He wore Badge No. 4018.

Psych Services: Scream-Free Parenting—Can It Happen?

Scream-free parenting is like the Loch Ness monster—something few people have seen and most don’t believe in.  My colleague Bill Metcalfe endorses it—and he’s using it with his own children, ages eight, six and two.

July and August Obituaries

Here are the latest obituaries of HPD family members.

Thank You Notes to HPOU

Here are the latest Thank You Notes to the Houston Police Officers Union.


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