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DEC 2021 Blues Vol 37 No. 12

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DEC 2021 Blues Vol 37 No. 12 SPECIAL INSERT: HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE FEATURES * The Christmas That Almost Wasn’t * Remembering Those We’ve Lost - Sgt Richard Houston * Remembering Those We’ve Lost to COVID * Remembering Those We’ve Lost to LOD Deaths * Troy Finner - Police Chief of the Year 2021 * Who Wants To Be A Cop Part 8 - Conclusion DEPARTMENTS * Publisher’s Thoughts * Editor’s Thoughts * Guest Editorial w/Dave Smith * Your Thoughts * News Around the US * War Stories * Aftermath * Open Road-The Final Cop Sedan? * Healing Our Heroes * Daryl’s Deliberations * HPOU-From the President, Douglas Griffith * Light Bulb Award * Running 4 Heroes * Blue Mental Health with Tina Jaeckle * Off Duty with Rusty Barron * Parting Shots * Now Hiring - L.E.O. Positions Open in Texas * Back Page -School of Glock

Congratulations to HPD

Congratulations to HPD Chief Troy Finner, The BLUES Police Chief of the Year Our cover this month marks yet another first in the 37-year history of The BLUES. Well, two milestones actually. The first being our newest tradition of naming a Police Chief of the Year for 2021- Houston Police Chief Troy Finner, which also marks the first time for someone to be featured on a BLUES cover, twice in a single year. While the Chief and I have only recently met, I have followed his rise through the ranks of HPD starting back in the 1990’s. The BLUES was barely six years young at the time Finner graduated HPD Class #137, but nevertheless, this young policeman worked his ass off to get where he is today. Unlike the majority of Police Chiefs hired to run big city police departments in the US, Finner worked his way up the ranks at HPD and learned what being a “street-cop” is all about. He may not be known as the “Michael Jordan” of police chiefs as his former boss was sometimes called, but I can attest that he is 1000% better than his predecessor and looks more like Michael Jordan than Art Acevedo (yes, I’m referring to him being black.) And yes, I’m quite sure I’m not offending him by saying he’s black not a “person-of-col- or.” Finner is well aware of his skin color but treats every single officer under his command as well as the citizens of Houston as if they were HIS family. Finner’s love for his department and the citizens of Houston is shown on his face on any given day in Houston. And unfortunately, you don’t have to look hard to see it either. Since he was sworn in April 2, 2021, Finner faced the cameras almost on a daily basis to brief Houstonians on yet another police shooting where one of his officers has been shot or possibly killed. But it’s not only HIS brothers and sisters in blue that get his emotions high. He’s upset every time someone is his city is hurt or worse, killed. His love and compassion to the citizens of the fourth-largest city in the country is undeniable. His loyalty and compassion to the approximately 5300 officers and 1200 civilian support staff that make up the fifth-largest municipal police department in the US, has been sorely missed these past few years. Troy Finner is man of his word, and a true leader of law enforcement. It’s an honor and a privilege to name Houston Police Chief Troy Finner as the Police Chief of the Year for 2021. To learn more about this amazing man and his path to success, please turn to page 52. Congratulations Troy Finner. Ready To Serve You For information contact: Jim Rodriguez • Law Enforcement Sales Professional • 915-422-6446 FT. WORTH 6201 NE Loop 820 HOUSTON 10310 Wortham Center Dr. Shoot Point Blank Law Enforcement is a division of Shoot Point Blank and is committed to providing exclusive law enforcement products & services to our agency partners & individual officers. • Special indoor range pricing for agency training & qualifications • Group range memberships for agencies • Expansive offerings of firearms, ammunition, duty gear, & accessoreies from top manufacturers • Offer individual officer purchase programs from several manufacturers ARLINGTON 5661 S. Cooper St. HOUSTON 9245 FM 1960 Bypass Rd. DALLAS 1915 S. Stemmons Fwy HOUSTON 350 E Nasa Pkwy AUSTIN 1775 Warner Ranch Dr. SAN ANTONIO 722 SW Loop 410 10 The BLUES POLICE MAGAZINE The BLUES POLICE MAGAZINE 11 Sun - Thurs: 10am – 8pm • Fri & Sat: 10am - 9pm |

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