Badge & Gun: April 2014
For the past 71 years, no Houston rodeo calf scrambler has gone after a calf without the ever-present encouragement and constant support and counseling of a Houston police officer.
To read descriptions of Reno’s positive influence on the future of the Department brings to mind the regular practices of the 10 Posse members. Seldom is heard a discouraging word from their mouths to the ears of the calf scramblers every night for 20 nights.
Each Posse member is vetted for his ability to deal with kids. It’s apparent they all love kids.
“These are good kids,” Chase Cormier, a Posse member who serves on the Central Gang Unit and knows bad ones when he sees them. “These are not the ones we’re used to dealing with on a daily basis.
“They keep their grades up because of the discipline they get from their parents.”
Cormier appeared to stay focused on one small group of scramblers. So, too, did other Posse members – each of them bonding well enough to help these teens shore up their courage and determination.
President's Message: Manpower, Manpower, Manpower!
In last month’s article regarding manpower, two issues got the attention of veteran officers at HPD. I was first asked where I had gotten the number that we are at least 1,500 officers understaffed.
That number came from a September 2009 editorial written by then-Police Chief Harold Hurtt.
My personal estimation is much higher simply based on comparable cities, calls-for-service load and the number of cases with leads that our investigators are unable to work.
That same article in 2009 showed that Washington, DC, Chicago, Baltimore, Philadelphia and New York City have an average of 4.6 officers-per-1,000 population. Former Chief Hurtt went on to explain that for Houston to reach a staffing level of 4.6 officers-per-1,000, we would need 5,000 more officers than we had in 2009.
We have had no measurable net gain in the last 10 years.
THE HPOU PAC COMMITTEE HAS ISSUED A LIST of its endorsements in the May 27 runoff election. The PAC found that these runoff candidates can best represent the Union’s interests in state politics and at the Courthouse.
Last year as we were preparing to head to Washington, D.C. for Police Week, I decided to look up the location on the National Police Officers Memorial of all 112 Houston Police Officers that have died in the line of duty.
Charlene Floyd of the Houston Police Foundation recently announced the funding of 20 special requests for programs and equipment. Floyd said the total for all of these amounted to more than $500,000.
The Union honored Sgt. Catherine Richards as the Investigator of the Month in the March general membership meeting.
North Patrol Officer Mike Rodriguez was named the latest HPOU Patrol Officer of the Month in the March general membership meeting.
(EDITOR’S NOTE: Charles W. Haney is the brother of retired Houston Police Officer Jim Haney. The Badge and Gun reprints this edited section of his book, “Recollections of a Texas Country Boy” with the permission of Charles W. Haney and Breck Porter.)
The year was 1913. In January, Woodrow Wilson had been inaugurated as the 28th president of the United States and Oscar B. Colquitt was sworn in as governor of Texas. The United States blockaded Mexico in support of one of the revolutions which seemed to be forever ongoing in that country.
The HPOU has donated $2,000 to a unique non-profit organization known as Undies for Everyone, which is dedicated to supplying new underwear to underprivileged Houston area school children.
The Houston Police Officers Union and indeed most people throughout the Department voiced the highest praise possible for Geo. H. Lewis & Sons Funeral Directors and Earthman Resthaven Cemetery for the extensive courtesies extended the Tweedie family.
May 23, 1998
Kent D. Kinkaid was born on August 17, 1957 in Phillipsburg, Kansas. After high school, Kent attended Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kansas. He also served on the Wichita, Kansas Police Department for four and a half years. He joined the Houston Police Department in Police Cadet Class No. 121 on May 29, 1984. He took his oath of office on September 28, 1984, proudly wearing badge No. 2251. His first assignment was to the North Shepherd Patrol Division.
Alcohol Awareness Month in April may seem . . . unnecessary. We’re aware, right? So let’s look at just one part of the public health push, preventing underage drinking.
NAPO and the PPOA have focused much effort on providing briefings on this issue to over a dozen members of Congress, and will continue to push for our changes to be enacted.
Here are accounts of the latest legal victories by the HPOU Legal Staff.
Here are the latest obituaries of HPD family members.
Here are the latest Thank You Notes to HPOU.