Badge & Gun: April 2015

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President's Message

President's Message: HPOU PAC Votes To support Turner For Mayor

Houston city elections will take place in seven months for the mayor and council races.  The HPOU Political Action Committee (PAC) has met twice this year and made endorsements in many of the races.


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Editorial: A great idea becomes reality With the new HPOU app

IT’S ALWAYS GOOD TO SEE AN HPD OFFICER’S idea become a reality when the real product makes the often thankless job a lot easier.

New HPOU app has everything an officer needs; Just click it and call it, Menendez-Sierra explains

Are you ready for a great free download? You got it! It’s the first-ever HPOU app for your cell phone.

Nichols appointed to take Garza’s place on board

HPOU has sworn in Kawanski “Nic” Nichols as the Union’s newest board member, replacing Position 1 Board Member J. G. Garza, who recently retired from HPD.

Bruce Wright chosen Patrol Officer of the Month

The Houston Police Officers Union honored Officer Bruce Wright as the Patrol Officer of the Month at its March general membership meeting.

Upton: SRG remains alert in case of reported Ebola cases

Although news reports of Ebola virus cases in the United States have been reduced to zero, the Houston Police Department remains alert and has a plan in place for handling any case that might break out.

HPD Plan: Safety training and awareness reducing cost of claims

In an effort to reduce injuries along with the volume and cost of claims, the Houston Police Department has strived to improve safety training and awareness, as well as revise and enhance departmental policy.


Defining unarmed

Another police shooting made national headlines, claiming an officer shot an “unarmed” man, resulting in protests.

Get ready for Police Week in May

As usual, the Houston Police Department will observe a full slate of activities during this year’s Police Week beginning on Friday, May 8.

Municipal court’s 8 a.m. schedule change Should be more convenient for HPD officers

Effective April 2, officers subpoenaed for municipal court cases will be able to check in at 8 a.m. instead of 10 a.m., making court appearances much more convenient for officers and the affected citizens.


HPD soccer competing against HFD In special April 25 fundraising match

The Houston Gunners F. C. (football club), the department’s soccer team, will take on the Houston Fire Department in a special fundraising “Guns and Hoses” event following the Houston Dynamo match the evening of April 25 at BBVA Compass Stadium.


Fallen Heroes: Officer Antonio "Tony" Guzman Jr.

January 9, 1973

Antonio “Tony” Guzman Jr. was born in San Antonio on September 18, 1942. He attended Ben Milam Elementary and Brackenridge High School in San Antonio and served his country in the United States Army for seven years. Guzman joined the Houston Police Department on August 23, 1971, graduating in Police Cadet Class No. 51 on December 11, 1971. He was assigned to Patrol IV, which worked 7 p.m. until 3 a.m.  

Psych Services: HPD Retirement: ‘If you don’t have an exit plan, you won’t exit

The numbers are bad. On average, Houston police employees retire at age 53 with 26 years of service, spend 16 years in retirement and die at age 69. Line-of-duty deaths and suicides help keep this number low.

April 2015 Obituaries

Here are the latest obituaries of HPD family members.

April 2015 Thank You Notes

Here are the latest Thank You Notes to HPOU.


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