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Membership Meeting Minutes for August 7

OPENING

Ray Hunt called the meeting to order with the Pledge of Allegiance and had Chaplin Montgomery begin the meeting in prayer. 

GUESTS

Ray then called councilmen Dave Martin to the stage. Ray presented Councilmen Martin with a plaque of appreciation. Councilmen Martin found himself at the end of the year with $100,000 left in his budget, Councilmen Martin then divided the monies with 1/3 of it to Kingwood, 1/3 to Clear Lake and 1/3 to Lake Patrol. It was with great honor that Councilmen Martin was presented with a plaque for continued support of the Houston Police Department.

Ray then acknowledged Mike Sullivan who was in attendance of the meeting.

MEETING DEDICATION

The meeting was dedicated to Robert Wayne (bob) Lee who died in the line of duty on January 31, 1971.  Joseph Gamaldi read the dedication.

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HPOU and Texas Police Trust 3rd Annual Family Picnic

We hope to see everyone on Saturday October 18th from 2pm to midnight at Tin Hall (14800 Tin Hall, Cypress, Tx). There will be free food, free entertainment, and free non-alcoholic beverages. Shuttles will be provided from the Union Building to Tin Hall. A ticket is required for entry, but as always they are free of charge. You can pick up your tickets at the Union building or call or email Lisa to reserve tickets: 832-200-3432, lisa.marino@hpou.org We hope to see all our members in attendance, and look forward to sharing this special event with you!

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Officer Appreciation Day Sunday, August 10

Special invitation for all HPD officers and families. Sunday, August 10, 2014 at Antioch Missionary Baptist Church (500 Clay Street), Officer Appreciation Day with special guest speaker HPD Chaplain Monty Montgomery. Worship service begins at 10:15 a.m.

Free parking available in the parking garage across from the church at 300 Clay (Allen Center Parking Garage). Come early, get your seat and hear Chaplain Montgomery preach in this historic church.

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4th Annual 911 Heroes Run September 6

The Houston Police Officer’s Union, along with the Houston Police Department and the Houston Airport System are once again honored to host the 4th Annual 911 Heroes Run, which  will be held at Ellington Airport on Saturday, September 6, 2014, with opening ceremonies beginning at 7:30am. Come join us for this incredible patriotic event that brings our local communities, Police, Fire Fighters, and our Armed Forces together to honor the victims of 9/11 and the wars since. Honor the Fallen by Challenging the Living...

Registration is on-line at www.911heroesrun.org

Download the flyer here.

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HPOU Still Providing Scholarships, but No More Solicitation Phone Calls

The Houston Police Officers’ Union (HPOU) represents more than 5200 men and women of the Houston Police Department.  We are a non-profit organization and receive no funding from the City of Houston. 

The HPOU provides scholarships to our officers’ college age children, providing over $100,000.00 in education assistance in the last 5 years.  These funds were obtained through telephone solicitation by a third party vendor.  Our members and you, the public, complained about receiving calls at your home.  We voted last year to end telephone solicitation and will never call you again.  We respect your time at home with your family and NO LONGER CALL AND SOLICIT ANY FUNDS BY PHONE.  There are many law enforcement groups that still solicit by phone.  The person calling is generally not a police officer and you are under no obligation to speak with them.  I personally tell them to remove my number from their database and not to call again. 

Our desire to continue providing scholarships for officers’ children remains.  If you would like to assist with this funding, please send a check or money order to HPOU Ways and Means, 1600 State Street, Houston, Texas 77007.  If you do not want to assist or are unable to assist, please discard this letter.

For those who do assist us with funding, we will send a vehicle or business decal that informs the public that you support the HPOU. 

100% OF YOUR DONATION WILL GO TOWARD SCHOLARSHIPS FOR OFFICERS’ CHILDREN.

If you have any questions regarding our organization or the scholarships we provide, please feel free to contact me.

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NAPO Washington Report: June 18, 2014

NAPO Victory! 

Senate Judiciary Committee Passes Victims of Child Abuse Act Reauthorization Act

The Senate Judiciary Committee passed the Victims of Child Abuse Act (VOCAA) Reauthorization Act of 2013 by voice vote on June 12, 2014.

This bill reauthorizes the VOCAA, which provides funding for Children’s Advocacy Centers that serve child victims of violent crimes and help law enforcement hold perpetrators accountable. The VOCAA Reauthorization Act of 2013 increases authorization levels for Children’s Advocacy Centers for the first time since the VOCAA was enacted in 1990. The reauthorization also strengthens the programs through enhanced accountability provisions, non-profit requirements, and limitations on conference expenditures.

NAPO pledged our support for the VOCAA Reauthorization Act in November 2013, and the bill’s sponsor, Senator Chris Coons (D-DE), has recognized NAPO as a supporter of the legislation. NAPO’s efforts led to additional Senators signing on to the bill as cosponsors before the Senate Judiciary Committee mark-up.  We look forward to continuing to work with Senator Coons and his staff as the bill moves to the full Senate for consideration.

If you have any questions about this legislation, please contact Melissa Nee at:  mnee@napo.org.

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Membership Meeting Minutes for June 5

OPENING

Ray Hunt called the meeting to order and asked for a moment of silence for Paul Giddens then led everyone in the Pledge of Allegiance and prayer.

MEETING DEDICATION

The meeting was dedicated to Gary Gryder who died in the line of duty on June 29, 2008. The dedication was read by Mark Clark.

Ray then played a short video by Paul Harvey called “Policeman”

INTRODUCTIONS

Ray welcomed all members and recognized Judy Thurmon the National trustee with the FOP.

PATROL OFFICER OF THE MONTH

For the month of May, the award was presented to Officers Munoz, Calhoun and Hightower for their apprehension of an armed robbery suspect. 

INVESTIGATOR OF THE MONTH

Narcotics Officer Mark Zapata was presented the award by his Sgt Dennis Bounds.

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Texas Police Trust Benefits Fair, Wednesday, June 18

Interested in expanding your benefits, or checking the ones you currently have through the Texas Police Trust? Considering whether to sign up for deferred comp? Please attend the Texas Police Trust Benefits Fair on Wed. June 18th, from 11:30am to midnight, to have all your questions answered.

Texas Police Trust Benefits Fair

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Houston Officers Peer Assistance Now Active

The HPOU is excited to announce that the Houston Officers Peer Assistance or HOPA, is now active! HOPA is a stand alone non profit, that provides peer support services to active and retired Houston Police Officers 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The HOPA hotline number is 832-200-3499.

For more information, please read on.

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HPD vs. HFD Spring Roll Eating Contest

Saturday, June 14

Nam Noodles and More
1915 West Gray St.
832-804-8908

Five contestants per team to eat as many spring rolls as possible in 15 minutes. Winning department receives $1000 for the charity of their choice (runner up gets $500).

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