SOMETIMES IT FEELS LIKE THE GOOD GUYS ARE WINNING. Two ongoing
crusades launched by the Houston Police Officers Union offer
encouragement to us officers who are performing dangerous tasks no one
wants to do and too many people take for granted.
We refer to the newly launched “Let’s Pray Texas” campaign, a
statewide “pray for law enforcement officers” effort led by the HPOU.
And that’s not the only worthy campaign afloat. In the wake of the
Dallas police tragedies, it became obvious that all Houston patrol
officers were in need of Level 4 bullet-proof vests for protection
against the strongest ammunition known to domestic terrorists.
HPOU, under the guidance and leadership of 2nd Vice
President Joe Gamaldi, offered up $15,000 for the initial purchase of
vests without going through the tedious city purchasing process.
Officers, especially those in Patrol, know the time is sooner rather
than later to get this extra protection. The Texas Police Trust matched
that amount and the ever-reliable Houston Police Foundation also
contributed enough to the amount needed to acquire 400 vests.
As soon as they arrive in early fall, Patrol officers will be issued
those vests with the purchase of more of the same in the near offing.
Houston officers not only have new vests, they also have more and more prayers.
Let’s Pray Texas, a state- and perhaps nationwide effort sparked by HPOU 1st
Vice President Doug Griffith, spotlights an Oct. 19 joint prayer event
across the state. In Griffith’s words, “We are calling upon all
organizations to come together, as a unified group, to support Law
Enforcement, the community, and the Leadership of the State of Texas.
Our vision is one of unification, not only among law enforcement
agencies but also within the communities in which we serve.”
As members of HPOU know, officers need all the prayers they can get
on a daily basis. Griffith said the Union is asking every law
enforcement agency across Texas to have a special “Let’s Pray Texas”
event on or around Sept. 19 by reaching out to local clergy and city
leaders. Also, a 1 p.m. statewide prayer event is being urged “at your
local city hall or union hall, in conjunction with a prayer on the steps
of the State Capitol in Austin.”
This statewide prayer service will include a citizen praying for law
enforcement officers, a police officer praying for the community and
clergy praying for the state of Texas as well as state leaders, most of
whom support the HPOU and other officers with the strongest dedication
possible in these times.
To summarize the probable results of these two righteous efforts: bulletproof prayers! bulletproof!