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.orgRead More
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.Read More
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: email@example.com.Read More
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.
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.Read More
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.
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.
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).Read More
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:Read More
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:
- Department of Justice (DOJ) Funding: The Committee recommended a total of $27,996,816,000 for DOJ. The recommendation is $260,257,000 above the fiscal year 2014 funding level and $23,282,000 above the President’s budget request.
- State and Local Law Enforcement Activities: In total, the Committee recommended $2,263,300,000 for State and local law enforcement and crime prevention grant programs, including $2,192,300,000 in discretionary appropriations. The discretionary total is $1,000,000 below the fiscal year 2014 enacted level and $10,300,000 above the budget estimate.
- Community Oriented Policing Services Programs: The Committee’s recommendation provides $224,000,000 for community oriented policing services. The recommendation is $10,000,000 above the fiscal year 2014 enacted level.
- Blue Alert System: NAPO’s work led to Senate Appropriations Committee leadership’s decision to add Blue Alert language to the Senate CJS Appropriations bill report. The text directs DOJ to report, not later than 180 days after the date of enactment of the Appropriations bill, on the costs and feasibility of establishing a national Blue Alert communications network. The report will include an evaluation of the potential use of existing systems of infrastructure that could facilitate the implementation of this type of alert. NAPO fought hard to include this binding language in the Appropriations report, which will allow us to continue to advance the issue, as we pursue the passage of the bill.
- Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program: The Committee recommended $376,000,000 for Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grants (Byrne-JAG).
- Bulletproof Vests: The Committee recommended $23,000,000 for bulletproof vests. Within the $23,000,000 provided for bulletproof vests, $1,500,000 is to be transferred directly to the NIST Office of Law Enforcement Standards (OLES) to continue supporting ballistic- and stab-resistant material compliance testing programs.
- Victims of Child Abuse Act: The Committee’s recommendation provides $19,000,000 for the various programs authorized under the Victims of Child Abuse Act (VOCA).
- Public Safety Officers’ Benefits: The Committee’s recommendation provides $87,300,000 for public safety officers’ benefits. The recommendation is $10,000,000 below the fiscal year 2014 enacted level and equal to the budget estimate.
- Second Chance Act/Offender Reentry Programs: The recommendation provides $70,000,000 for Second Chance Act (SCA) grants.
- Combating Gun Violence and Enforcing Gun Laws: The Committee’s recommendation provides a total of $1,150,613,000, an increase of $38,513,000 above the fiscal year 2014 enacted level, in Federal, State, and local resources in order to reduce gun violence and prevent future tragedies.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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: email@example.com.Read More
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.Read More
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