Badge & Gun: February 2014
President's Message: 2013 had five Times as many Commendations Than citizen Complaints to IAD
We all know the men and women of the Houston Police Department are professional and dedicated public servants to the City of Houston. The latest number from internal affairs confirms that the citizens of Houston appear to feel the same way.
Chief McClelland announced a few weeks ago that the numbers from 2013 are in and HPD had a record low number of internal affairs complaints filed by citizens. Citizens filed 235 complaints against HPD officers last year, the lowest number since HPD began recording such numbers in 2001.
Here are the HPOU PAC March Primary endorsements.
After an investigation that last most of 2013, Officer Bertha Massie of the HPD Homicide Division produced the evidence that resulted in murder charges against a man who punched his live-in girlfriend in the face and threw an inflammatory liquid on her as she smoked a cigarette.
It’s safe to say that no public officeholder has done more for Houston police officers than the dean of the Texas Senate – the one and only John Whitmire.
Here is a copy of Sen. John Whitmire's biography and legislative record. We call it "brief" since there is not enough space to go into full details.
This is a verbatim account of Bishop Floyd Lewis' "Dream" speech for America's law enforcement officers. Lewis made the speech before the news media during the week of the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. celebration. Police Chief Charles McClelland, Sheriff Adrian Garcia and HPOU President Ray Hunt and other HPOU and local law enforcement officials stood by Lewis when he spoke before the media.
At last count, Bishop Floyd E. Lewis had dedicated a quarter of a century of volunteer service to give “thumbs up” to people he long ago termed “domestic soldiers.” Much of his work has been as an unpaid chaplain but you might say all of it speaks positively of Houston police officers.
Public Safety Financial Group, LLC – a three-member team of financial advisors – is now available in the Breck Porter Building throughout the workweek to provide a free comprehensive financial plan for each HPOU member.
A First Responders Day national holiday may become reality thanks to the efforts of Andrew Collier and an assist provided by the Houston Police Officers Union.
HPOU employs four full-time staff attorneys in the Legal Department to assist our members with legal matters relating to the course and scope of employment.
Here are details from the latest legal victories by the HPOU Legal Staff
March 24, 1938
Shortly before noon on Thursday, March 24, 1938, Houston Police Officer Marion Palmer and his cruising partner, Officer H. D. Roberts, were sent to a location at 1510 Heights Boulevard. It was reported that there was a crazed African-American male in the garage apartment behind this location, which carried the address of 1512 Heights.
HPOU’s latest honorees for Patrol Officers of the Month are Senior Police Officer Jose DeLosAngeles and Jacob Pulido.
Struck down by PTSD, Officer Thomas Bean of Newtown, Connecticut can keep his job after all. His department, acknowledging his permanent disability, was going to fire him but compassion won out. “Let the guy ride a desk” was the prevailing sentiment. No one questioned that working the scene where 20 first graders died could be crippling.
Here are the latest obituaries of HPD family members.
Here are the latest Thank You notes to HPOU.