Badge & Gun: October 2012

Victim Advocate Andy Kahan will let Officers Know when their Attackers come up for Release

The city’s victim advocate will monitor the status of those convicted of assaulting or murdering Houston police officers, providing the latest information about parole hearings and release dates to officers and their families.

Of course, he also will publicize scheduled execution dates of the individuals sentenced to die for killing a Houston officer. 

 “I’m letting everybody know that if they want me to check on anyone who assaulted them, attacked them or shot them, I will keep track of them in the system,” longtime victim advocate Andy Kahan told the Badge & Gun.

 “When they are parole-eligible, I will let THE OFFICER know. Unfortunately, a lot of times people, including police officers, forget about information like this because so many years go by or by the time they recognize what happened the person has been released.”


President's Message

President's Message: Arbitrator Agrees With Our Sergeant Exam Claims

The scheduled Sept. 14 contract grievance arbitration we filed following the Administration’s unilateral decision to reassess officers in the sergeants’ promotional process was immediately resolved in our favor.  

The arbitrator agreed with our position that the Administration did not have the authority to make a decision regarding a promotional process that is specifically spelled out in our Meet-and-Confer contract.

 The arbitrator’s decision basically ordered both sides to follow the contract language in our current agreement, which specifies that the Labor Relations Committee (LRC) meet and make final decisions regarding how the problems associated with the initial assessment should be resolved.

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Editorial: HPOU Family Picnic Now a New Tradition!

THE FIRST-EVER HPOU FAMILY PICNIC, HELD SEPT. 22, HAS ALREADY been described as “the best thing the Union has ever done for the families of members.”

Committee issues HPD yearbook update

The page layout and design for the history/yearbook project has been completed and is currently being reviewed/approved by the HPOU Yearbook Committee, committee chairman Joe Castaneda said.

Officers raise $20,000 For Cancer victim Linda Reichert

The Union, as always, went to bat to help one of its own who is battling breast and lymph node cancer.

Gregoary Salazar named FTO of the Month

Officer Gregory Salazar, a 28-year HPD veteran, has been a field training officer for 22 years, currently at Eastside Patrol. At the September HPOU general membership meeting Salazar was named Field Training Officer of the Month for July.

Hernandez writes Novel about Afghan War; Another to come about HPD and Terrorists

As a combat leader with the American forces in Afghanistan, Sergeant First Class Jerry Nunez didn’t take well to the poetic-sounding maneuver commonly expressed as “spray, pray and run away.”

Consumer Journalism: Who influences your vote? Surprise! It’s the Sponsors

How do you decide who to vote for? Not only on the national level where party lines and issues are obvious, but in the numerous local elections?

The NAPO Report: Sequester’s Impact on Law Enforcement Programs

On Jan. 2, 2013, the vast majority of federal nondefense discretionary (NDD) programs will face deep, across-the board cuts. Sequestration would reduce the nation’s gross domestic product by $215 billion, decrease personal earnings of the workforce by $109.4 billion and cost the economy 2.14 million jobs.

Please note Something New In the Physical Agility Test

Officers may now complete a stationary bike test in lieu of the 1.5-mile run portion of the Physical Agility Test (PAT).

Investigation by Hatrick and Baldwin Result in Patrol Officers of Month Honor

HPOU honored Officers Ed Hatrick and Orus Baldwin as Patrol Officers of the Month in the September general membership meeting.

‘No Change’ Options led Officer Survey About New Badge and Patch Proposals

The survey of HPD officers showed that almost half of the 2,083 participants want “no change” in the style and shape of the department’s badge and patch.

20-run Inning part of Season End Of HPD Midnight Softball League

After several rain delays the HPD 2012 Midnight Softball League came to an end. 

Jeff Rexroad wins Legacy Welterweight Title

Jeff Rexroad has many titles.  Police Officer, Marine, husband, father and now Legacy Welterweight Champion.  

Hijackers Shoot and Kill Officer Deleon In Apartment Complex on Southwest Side

October 26, 2005

Rueben Becerra Deleon Jr. was born in Houston on July 4, 1974. Rueben proudly served his country in the United States Marine Corps and continued to serve his fellow man when he joined the Houston Police Department in Police Cadet Class No. 175 on February 22, 1999. This class graduated on July 10, 1999. The department assigned Deleon Badge No. 6969. His probationary patrolman status was completed on February 22, 2000 and his first assignment was to the Fondren Patrol Substation on the 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. shift. 

October 2012 Obituaries

Here are the latest obituaries of HPD family members.

Latest Legal Victories

Here are the latest victories compiled by the HPOU Legal Counsel.

Thank You Notes to HPOU

Here are the latest Thank You Notes written to HPOU.


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