Badge & Gun: January 2015
President's Message: Officer safety paramount in 2015
Last month’s assassination of two of New York’s finest was a tragedy for the entire country. It also should serve as a reminder to all of us that we can never let our guards down, especially in the current climate.
THE HOUSTON POLICE OFFICERS UNION appears to be in great shape, thank you, as the state capitol prepares to open the doors to the 2015 session of the Texas Legislature.
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.
(EDITOR’S NOTE: The editor of the Badge & Gun had 25 years of experience with The Houston Post. He has served on three grand juries, including one as foreman. His opinions are expressed in this context and do not reflect those of the HPOU.)
The Chronicle and a few others are trying to indict Texas’ grand jury system without probable cause.
In its December general membership meeting, the HPOU named Jesus Aguirre the Investigator of the Month.
The HPOU honored Officer James Huckabee of Northeast Patrol as Patrol Officer of the Month in its December general membership meeting.
While reminiscing about my academy days in the Houston Police Department, I noticed Sandy Byers (Womack) and Susan Loucks (Richards) were wearing skirts in Class No. 34’s picture. I then remembered that for many years skirts and heels were the required uniform for female police officers.
On Saturday, December 20, 2014, Officer Peter Dung, Eastside Division, organized the third annual Christmas Event for the Vietnamese children living in the Park Place neighborhood. Tim Dang, Public Affairs, and Sergeant DeMartin, Eastside Division, assisted Officer Dung coordinate the event.
For the second year in a row HPOU board members participated in the Wheelchair Rugby SMASH tournament hosted by the Adaptive Athletics program at the University of Houston Campus Recreation and Wellness Center.
March 29, 1982
Winston James Rawlins was born August 1, 1958. After he attended elementary school in Shepherd, Texas, his family moved to Houston where he graduated from Saint Thomas High School in 1976. Winston attended the University of Saint Thomas for two years and followed that with one year at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville. In 1980, he joined the Houston Police Department, graduating from HPD Cadet Class No. 89. He completed his probationary period in November 1980 in Radio Patrol and went shortly thereafter to the solo motorcycle detail of the Accident Division. He wore HPD Badge No. 1787.
For police officers, suicide attempts leave no visible injuries. It’s the time when you sat up all night staring at your gun. Or you scared your wife by holding it to your head. Maybe you went up to the roof, looked around, and headed back down, or disregarded the danger on a risky call.
Here are the latest obituaries of HPD family members.
Here are the latest Thank You notes to HPOU.