March 2017

In this issue:

DA Ogg’s goal: Let’s work together now more than ever

Kim Ogg

(EDITOR’S NOTE: The Badge & Gun asked incoming Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg to write an article briefing the HPD community on her goals as the new DA and covering many of the same points she outlined in a recent general membership meeting.) By KIM OGG  Police fight crime in the streets, as prosecutors Read More Read more

Kim Ogg – a short biography

Tom Kennedy

Kim Ogg, a native of Houston, took office as Harris County District Attorney on Jan. 1. She defeated incumbent Devon Anderson in the November General Election. Ogg, a Democrat, has previously been a chief felony prosecutor for the DA’s office and leader of Houston’s first Anti-Gang Task Force. She also served as executive director of Read More Read more

Tree Re dedication: Johnny Bamsch’s wife and the daughter who never knew him feel special love and constant attention from their HPD Family

Tom Kennedy

One word predominated the late-morning ceremony at the North Command substation on Jan. 30, which marked the 42nd anniversary of the line-of-duty death of a North Patrol officer, Johnny T. Bamsch. Stories were told of the officer as well as anecdotes about the tree planted on-site to memorialize his life. For HPD officers are well Read More Read more

North Command honors the memory of its six Patrol officers who died in the line of duty with second floor memorial wall

Tom Kennedy

Over almost 50 years six officers assigned to North Command have died in the line of duty. Capt. Larry Baimbridge and his staff have taken steps to ensure that all new patrol officers know these special fallen heroes. Now the captain won’t say if anyone has failed the test he routinely administers, but the smile Read More Read more

Two female Patrol pioneers recall the good ol’ days With smiles, a few stories and lots of appreciation

Tom Kennedy

In a 1975 edition of The Houston Post, Shirley Linwood and Judy Jacobs were the first two women to go from the Academy to Patrol duties. Now, 42 years later, both of these two HPD policewomen are honorably retired and used almost the same words to tell the Badge & Gun how much they loved Read More Read more

Investigator of the Month Keyes’ efforts take child predator off the streets

Tom Kennedy

The Houston Police Officers Union selected Officer A. Keyes of the Special Victims Division of Criminal Investigations Command as Investigator of the Month in the January general membership meeting. Sgt. T. L. Roberson said Officer Keyes was assigned to the Child Sexual Assault Unit at the Children’s Assessment Center. Roberson outlined the details of Keyes’ Read More Read more

Union selects Officers Tallant and Martin As latest Patrol Officers of the Month

Tom Kennedy

HPOU honored Officers J. Tallant and R. Martin as Patrol Officers of the Month at the January general membership meeting. Sgt. Luis Menendez-Sierra, a Union board member, laid out the reasons why these two officers deserved this honor: About 1 a.m. last June 5, Officers J. Tallant and R. Martin responded to a burglary of Read More Read more

The Belinda Temple Case

Earl Musick

EDITOR’S NOTE: The opinions expressed in this article are those held by the author and do not reflect the opinion of the HPOU or the Badge & Gun.   On a warm winter day in a quite Katy suburb outside of Houston, Texas, Belinda Temple was brutally murdered in her upstairs bedroom closet. From outward Read More Read more

A daughter’s story: The heart behind the badge

Elizabeth Gonzales

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Elizabeth Gonzales wrote the following article for the student newspaper at St. Edwards University in Austin. She graciously allowed the Badge & Gun to reprint it herewith.) By ELIZABETH GONZALES I am a proud member of the blue family. For 23 years now, my dad has walked out of the house every day Read More Read more

Book Review: Book of fiction zeroes in on intriguing 1950s HPD ‘suicide’ at 61 Riesner

M. D. Beale Jr.

Forgotten and Dishonored By Larry and Carolyn Watts Copyright May 2016 by Larry Watts Larry Dean Watts Publishing, Dickenson, Texas Can anything be done about it today?  That’s the bottom line question.  It’s an HPD mystery from the mid-1950s that comes to you in the form of a novel. Get a copy of the book Read More Read more

Psych Services: Sort out your child’s good behavior and bad and be careful about rewards and punishments

Lisa Garmezy

A teenaged Keanu Reeves, in the movie Parenthood, says mournfully, “You need a license to catch a fish, but they let any (expletive) become a father.” If a test and a license were required, parenting would look quite different. Certain teachable skills can make things run smoother. Of course, being sensitive to your children’s needs Read More Read more

Kelsey-Seybold Pediatrician Offers New Dads Tips for Managing Stress

Kelsey Seybold Staff

You’re about to have a new baby! Congratulations! You’re also working patrol on nights, barely get enough regular sleep as it is and are worried that you won’t be able to take time off when the baby is born.   As if police work isn’t tough enough as it is, add to that the stress Read More Read more

Obituaries of HPD Family Members

Tom Kennedy

BENNETT Mr. Charlie T. Bennett, Jr. passed away on Tuesday, January 3, 2017, at the age of 47. He is the son of Retired Senior Police Officer Charlie T. Bennett, who went on Phase Down on September 30, 2006, from the Airport Division – IAH. Services were held January 21 with burial in Brookside Memorial Read More Read more

Thank You Notes to the HPOU

Tom Kennedy

HPOU, Thank you so much for the beautiful flowers at Wayne Bethune’s funeral. They softened the hurt and sadness of his death. The Honor Guard were a great comfort and seeing all our friends from HPD. Carmen Bethune & Boys  HPOU, The family of Maria P. Zepeda acknowledges with deep appreciation your kind expression of Read More Read more

Family Support Unit making a positive mark!

Tom Kennedy

THE HOUSTON LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS FAMILY SUPPORT UNIT is on a roll to steadfastly achieve its goal to help the families of HPD officers injured in the line of duty. HLEOFS is led by spouses of HPD officers. Its profile has grown over this past year and seems bound to become even better known in Read More Read more