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Video: Houston Police Union Pushes for 2-Officer Cars

December 31, 2014  | 

VIDEO: Houston Police Union Pushes for 2-Officer Cars

The Houston Police Officers Union said someone drove by and fired three shots at an officer on a traffic stop in the 800 block of South Post Oak Boulvevard on Tuesday, reports KPRC.

Police say the officer had his back turned to traffic.

"It's time for our department to do everything possible to protect our officers' safety while they work to keep the public safe," said Ray Hunt, president of the Houston Police Officers Union.

He asked HPD chief Charles McLelland to put two police officers in each patrol car out of a concern for officer safety.

Comments (9)

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JohnC @ 1/1/2015 9:23 AM

The first course I took to get my Criminal Justice degree taught that 2 men in a car only works for dialog TV (Car 54, Adam-12,etc). Officer safety and situational awareness dictate that one man is better, especially with all our comm upgrades. Of course the Union wants more dues paying slots.

kevCopAz @ 1/1/2015 11:58 AM

I agree, all big city PD should use 2 man units. Yes its no guarantee that nothing will happen, but for the most part most criminals think twice before attacking 2 officers. The recent shooting have been criminals that are either on a mission or crazy folks that it wont stop. But day to day assault and attacks on PD will go down. Unions must help support the cops to do their part on picking up productivity to make sure the calls get answered when there are less units to answer otherwise this isn't economically going to work.. They could compromise and place two man units on all 2ed and 3rd shift and in the areas of the city that have high crime rates to start with and allow the "safer" areas to remain 1 person cars as Chicago does. This will reduce costs for vehicles and vehicle maintenance which may make up for the cops that may have to be hired to reach this goal. This would also lighten the load on dispatch if the two person cars have expanded beat coverage to compensate

gonefishing @ 1/1/2015 11:47 PM

John C., I don't know what to say to your comment except I am so glad that you got a degree, of course I don't know how your could have with judgement like that. Two eyes are better than four. One gun is better than two. Water is better than beer. Hum, are you a hands up don't shoot kinda guy?

Joe @ 1/2/2015 5:26 AM

JohnC. Stay in school because you and your idiot teacher at school have no idea what your talking about. 2 officer cars are not only significantly safer they are more effective and more efficient. If you want empirical evidence go to NIJ and research it.

JohnC @ 1/2/2015 9:58 AM

Are you guys lonely? Had 4 partners before dept went solo. 3 were chatterboxes. The stats bear out solo is safer. Back-up is less than 3 min away. If you need BU the sit has already gone south. Must be union reps posting, with nothing to do.

Ima Leprechaun @ 1/3/2015 8:54 PM

Two Officer cars are by far much safer especially once the two of them begin to think alike. In this day with the atmosphere of hate against the police, two officer cars should be mandatory everywhere. Foot patrol officers in major urban areas should travel in groups of four.

Enrique @ 1/4/2015 5:56 PM

Don't argue with JohnC, he has a criminal justice degree. That makes him smarter than a plain 'ole cop. I am in awe of you JohnC.

132&Bush @ 1/4/2015 8:20 PM

In the Navy JohnC we would say that you don't have the brains to pour the piss out of a boot.

Thor @ 1/9/2015 11:15 PM

I have worked 3 departments. Other than training they were all single cars. I have a BS in Criminal Justice too plus two more degrees. Don't recall the subject of manpower per car ever came up. I have worked adjacent to a city with two man cars. My experience with them has been that they will sit in the car next to a malfunctioning traffic signal--never direct traffic by hand. They are trigger happy. Don't treat citizens with respect or dignity. If one of our cars heard the officer in the next beat (yeah we had those) stop a car over the radio we drove over to see that the officer was Code 4.

We did try a Watch 4 that doubled up cars late in Watch 2 and then early in the Watch 3 beat. Not very effective. Considering the economy and that the city relied on sales tax for the biggest chunk of funding this is not the time to consider $100 to $140 grand in paychecks cruising around plus benefits. Thor

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