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Zensey/ Health Assessment Update

As most of you are aware the HPOU has had some serious concerns regarding the new health assessment website Zensey. After many phone calls to City HR, where we expressed our concerns of our members privacy, and protection of their HIPAA rights, we are happy to report that Houston Police Officers will NOT have to enter their health assessment numbers into the Zensey website. We appreciate your patience while we worked this issue out, and we were also able to extend the deadline to complete your health assessment (Nov. 14th). Please follow the information and directions below for your health assessment:

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Badges and Bases H-Town Run Down

Join your fellow HPD officers and the citizens of H-town as they run to support the Houston Police Foundation and the Astros Foundation in the first Badges & Bases H-Town Run Down. HPD is partnering with the Houston Astros in a 5K, 10K and a Kids Fun Run. The proceeds will benefit both foundations and in turn, benefit you. Mark your calendars for September 27, 2014. The race starts at 8:00 am. Register online at Astros.com/race. HPD officers, look for the circular and e-mail blast for more details. See you there!

http://houston.astros.mlb.com/hou/foundation/run.jsp

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Membership Meeting Minutes for September 4

OPENING

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

MEETING DEDICATION

The meeting was dedicated to Officer Keith Alan Dees who died in the line of duty on March 7, 2002.  Joseph Gamaldi read the dedication.

PATROL OFFICER OF THE MONTH

For the month of July Officer Bland received the award and for the month of August the award was given to Officer Tewes. Luis Mendez-Sierra presented Officer Bland the award and Doug Griffith presented Officer Tewes.

INVESTIGATOR OF THE MONTH

IFR Officer Adrian was presented the Investigator of the Month. Her supervisor Sgt. Duncan presented the award.

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The HPOU PAC 2014 Political Endorsements

See full list below.

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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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