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

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. 


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:

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Membership Meeting Minutes for June 5


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.


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”


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


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


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.

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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June 2014 Membership Meeting Recap

Couldn't make the monthly meeting? Working an ej? Do you work night shift? That's no problem, HPOU President Ray Hunt, will now be conducting a "Meeting Recap" video after every meeting. In this video Ray will touch on the current events that are affecting the membership. Here is the June video:

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NAPO Washington Report: June 11

Senate Appropriations Committee Advances CJS Bill 

On June 5, 2014, NAPO attended a Senate Appropriations Committee mark-up, where the Committee advanced the Commerce-Justice-Science (CJS) spending bill by a vote of 30-0.  The following includes details on the bill pertinent to NAPO:












During the meeting, Chairwoman Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) told panel members she hopes to bring “a cluster” of spending measures to the floor starting the week of June 16, 2014.   NAPO will continue to advocate for full funding of our top priority programs and keep our members updated on the status of the spending bills. 


If you have any questions about the CJS spending bills, please contact Melissa Nee at:


NAPO Supports Bill to Establish National EMS Memorial

On June 2, 2014, NAPO pledged our support for Congressman Stephen Lynch’s (D-MA) bill to establish a National EMS Memorial (H.R. 4690).  This bill seeks to authorize the National EMS Memorial Foundation to undertake the effort of designing, siting, and creating a memorial in Washington, D.C., to honor the service and sacrifices of our nation’s emergency medical service providers.

When he introduced the bill, Congressman Lynch stressed: “The men and women of EMS are often our nation’s first line of defense in the prevention and mitigation of risk from terrorist attacks, man-made incidents, and natural disasters, putting their lives on the line every day in order to provide critical care for their patients. Over 600 men and women of our nation’s emergency medical services have made the ultimate sacrifice while performing their duties. This memorial is long overdue. I am proud to introduce this legislation to ensure that these men and women, their families and their loved ones are recognized for their ultimate sacrifice and to honor the hard work and dedication of all EMS providers nationwide.”

NAPO fully supports this important effort to honor the service and sacrifices of our nation’s emergency medical service providers, who put themselves in harm’s way to provide critical care.  These first responders work tirelessly to save lives every day and often go unrecognized as they perform their duties. 

NAPO has sent the attached letter of support for this legislation to Congressman Lynch and looks forward to working with the Congressman and his staff to pass this important bill.

If you have any questions about this bill, please contact Melissa Nee at:

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Astros Law Enforcement Appreciation Night June 27

The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund has partnered with the Houston Astros to honor the service and sacrifice of all Texas First Responders.  Join us at Minute Maid Park on June 27th as the Astros take on the Detroit Tigers.

The Astros are proud to partner with the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund for our first annual Law Enforcement Appreciation Night. This event is open to all first responders, sworn and non-sworn employees of any public safety agency, friends, family and supporters. Come out and enjoy a great night of Astros baseball and show your support for our local heroes.

A special pre-game program will include a First Responder Honor Guard and recognition of local first responder survivors.

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