Badge & Gun: June 2008

Foundation Highlighted by Fertitta, Bike Ride

We also kicked off the registration period for the HPD Moonlight Classic Bike Ride, which will be one of the foundation’s repeating annual fundraising events.

A native Texan, Fertitta is the chairman, president, CEO and largest shareholder of Landry’s Restaurants Inc., one of America’s largest casual dining and entertainment companies.  He also is the president and sole shareholder of Fertitta Hospitality, LLC, a hotel, development, and entertainment company.

Ardent Police Supporter

Fertitta devotes a substantial amount of time to civic services and currently serves on numerous boards.  We are delighted he has volunteered to take the reins of the Houston Police Foundation.

Fertitta said, “I am excited about the future of the foundation, because we’re going to be able to buy that piece of equipment to help them (police officers) to do something that otherwise wouldn’t fit into their budget.” 

 “What’s unique about the foundation,” he added, “is that a lot of the police officers, themselves, are sitting with us and helping us decide what is best to spend the money on to make things better for them.  Some of this money will save lives, it’ll do different things – it’ll help with crime prevention issues.”

I want to urge each of you to become a registered member of the foundation. This is our foundation, dedicated to support our crime-fighting efforts and to foster visible and direct community support for the department by strengthening pride in, and connection to, the department’s mission of excellence.

It is also the primary tool whereby all citizens – the HPD family included – can provide monetary support toward purchases that help us fight crime, but for which there is no budget.

Start by becoming a member. You can do it easily online at or by calling the foundation office at 713-651-3122.

Moonlight Classic Bike Ride

The HPD Moonlight Classic Bike Ride will occur from 10 p.m. to 12 midnight on Friday, June 20.  The five-mile loop starts and ends at the Downtown Aquarium, 400 Bagby. At the end of your ride, enjoy some music and snacks at the Aquarium. Registered riders can enjoy the Diving Bell Ferris Wheel, Carousel and Shark Tank at no cost.

Entry fees for officers and their immediate families are $15 per person.  The general public entry fee is $25. Make it a family affair or put together a team from your work unit and enjoy the night ride under the moonlight while helping raise money for the foundation.  You can register by calling the foundation office for an entry form or register online at
Funding from the Houston Police Foundation in the last year allowed the purchase of the following equipment:
•    Shooting Simulator                            
•    SWAT Tactical Equipment                
•    Portable Weight Scales                      
•    Crime Scopes                                     
•    Digital Cameras                                  
•    Total Station Laser System