Badge & Gun: September 2014

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President's Message

President's Message: Remember, Our HPD Family Has its own Code 1 Assist Available 24/7

Each time one hears an officer drop an assist, everyone in the area races to help.  We need to do the same when we sense someone needing personal assistance or just a friend to help a brother or sister officer get through a rough time.

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Opinion: HPD needs to change method for relieving officers of duty!

Think about how devastating it would be to report to Internal Affairs and be told that you are being relieved of duty pending the outcome of an investigation. 

Editorial: PAC endorses HPOU friends Abbott and Patrick

THIS ELECTION YEAR OFFERS THE RARE OPPORTUNITY in Texas to elect a new governor and lieutenant governor. There is no incumbent in either race.

HPOU’s Oct. 18 family picnic To feature kids’ raffle this year

One of the most popular Union-sponsored events of the year will now feature a specially organized kids-only raffle. The youngster with the winning number of his or her wrist band will be taking home a new PlayStation 4!

Alan Helfman, the car dealer with TCLEOSE certification, constantly goes the proverbial extra mile for HPD officers

The company chieftain in the well-tailored suit always seems to have a phone in his ear.

He crisply moves from one call to another, juggling conversations about his car business or his extra-curricular passion – auctioning sports memorabilia to raise funds for injured or ailing Houston police officers.

Chaplain Lott publishes devotional volume Dedicated to ‘challenges an officer faces’

As a lay minister, Donald E. Lott spent 1,200 hours this past year riding along with Houston police officers, learning the details of their duty stations as well as their spiritual beliefs.

Jorsch honored as Investigator of the Month

The Houston Police Officers Union honored Officer Jorsch as Investigator of the Month in its Aug. 7 general membership meeting.

Col. Manion honored here at his book-signing

The Houston Police Department was very honored to have Col. Thomas Manion (USMCR Ret.) here in Houston for his book signing of Brothers Forever, which tells the story about the enduring bond between a Marine and a Navy SEAL that transcended their ultimate sacrifice.   

Officer pens unique book that takes God on Patrol

Every cop has stories to tell, told over brews or barbecue or a fishing pole, embellished as the years progress. Stories about the one who got away or the one who won’t go away and haunts the officer in reoccurring nightmares.

Caronna: Scripture for Police Officers

In his unique book, “Taking God on Patrol,” Mark Caronna reminds officers that Romans 13:1-7 gives police officers the right to employ violence:

When suicide happens – a guide for troubled officers

“What do we live for, if it is not to make life less difficult for each other?” 

-- George Eliot

The recent high-profile suicide of Robin Williams stimulated a national dialog on suicide. Experts speculated on why he took his own life and how the loss of a talented comedic entertainer could have been prevented.

An Open Letter To the People of Ferguson, Mo. And Police Officer Darren Wilson

Editor’s Note: The National Association of Police Organizations, of which we are a member, after obtaining the support the member groups ran this letter.  The letter ran in the St Louis Post Dispatch on Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014.Officer Wilson is not a NAPO member, but this incident is such that the support of all law enforcement groups is necessary before reactions like those in Ferguson become the norm. As we all know the incident in Missouri could happen in any state or city at any time. To sit by quietly while the President and the Governor of Missouri call for vigorous criminal federal civil rights investigations before any investigation is complete would be wrong. We hope you support us in supporting Officer Wilson through the efforts of NAPO. The NAPO letter:


Ahead of anything else, we mourn the taking of human life. Our entire professional careers, and our personal beliefs, are founded on the conviction that life matters. “To serve and protect” isn’t only a motto, it’s an aspiration and a reflection of the intrinsic value of every human being, regardless of age, color, sex, status, religion, orientation or appearance.

Conley: Lone Star coin urges Wounded Warriors To ‘Never Surrender or Retreat’ in recovery process

Editor’s Note: Conley, a retired HPD officer, is president and founder of Operation Lone Star – Texans Supporting Our Troops. Here is his personal account of providing a meal to wounded warriors at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio.

The Warrior and Family Support Center – located on Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston – is a one-of-a-kind facility dedicated to offering a safe environment for military families to reconnect following military operations and to restarting their lives with full support of the military community and volunteers, many of whom are veterans themselves.

Holocaust Museum to commemorate memory and sacrifice of lives lost and the heroism of NYC police, first responders

On Sept. 11, 2001, New York City was shaken to its core when two jet airliners

crashed into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center.

Psych Services: Social Anxiety Disorder and some possible solutions

The client was shocked. Her therapist’s laptop battery died while she was waiting around in a jury pool—so she asked for and received permission to plug in at the large desk in front of 155 potential jurors.

Fallen Heroes: Officer Keith Alan Dees

March 7, 2002

Keith Alan Dees was born in Saudi Arabia in a United States Air Force Hospital on October 19, 1956.  His parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ruby Harlon Dees, were in that country while his father was serving in the military. Dee received his early education at Anderson Elementary School in Houston, Fondren and Johnston junior high schools, and graduated from Westbury High School in 1975. 

September Obituaries

Here are the latest obituaries of HPD family members.

September Thank You Notes to HPOU

Here are the latest Thank You Notes written to HPOU.


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