Badge & Gun: February 2015
President's Message: Our contract, Austin issues and Local elections
As of the writing of this column, Jan. 31, our contract is nearing completion. I anticipate it being complete and posted online soon after the Feb. 5 general membership meeting.
Hard copies will be available at the HPOU. Explanation sessions will be held at the Union around the clock for several days. Voting also will be held around the clock for the same period.
IF NOT CAREFUL, CITIZENS WILL LOOK AT THE HOUSTON POLICE DEPARTMENT and quickly judge its operation by using a scary formula developed by the national news media covering a story in Ferguson, Missouri.
Sgt. Warren Meeler of the Homicide Division successfully nominated three officers for HPOU’s Investigator of the Month honor in HPOU’s January general membership meeting.
Officer Eric Fagan has his priorities straight. Ask him and he will tell you that he puts God first in his life, followed by his family and his career with HPD. He also will point out that God goes very well in the mix.
As every police officer knows, the “thin blue line” is a term that suggests that they stand between an ordered society and potential chaos.
As a law enforcement officer, you only get one mistake.
No other occupation on the planet gets only one.
HPD’s Honor Guard recently traveled to Fort Myer, Virginia and trained with the US Army’s 3rd Infantry – known as “the Old Guard” – at Arlington National Cemetery.
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 Murdock’s fate comes from articles from the Houston Press and the Houston Chronicle in 1921.
This year’s HPOU Scholarship topic is very thought-provoking as always. As usual, the scholarship applicants must express their opinions in a special essay entry that is required to meet a deadline set for 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 27.
Operation Lone Star-Texans Supporting Our Troops ended the old year and began the new one with visits to military personnel at San Antonio Military Medical Center at Fort Sam Houston and the Audie Murphy Veterans Memorial Hospital.
“This could be our finest hour.” That real quote was used in the film “Apollo 13,” the story of a potential disaster that highlighted NASA’s strengths.
HPOU – as one might expect – is doing all it can to counteract all the recent negative police publicity by offering pro-police t-shirts to friends and supporters at cost.
Here are the latest obituaries of HPD family members.
Here are the latest Thank You Notes to HPOU.