The Kingwood Service Association (KSA) Public Safety Committee is planning to cater a post Harvey appreciation meal for all shifts of officers at the Houston Police Department’s Kingwood Station Nov. 15. The meal is a hearty thank you on behalf of the Kingwood community for all of the hard work, extra hours and amazing dedication that every officer on every shift in Kingwood displayed during the extended crisis that was Hurricane Harvey.

Dee Price of Sand Creek presented the proposed action as a motion and said, “We thought it would be good to show our appreciation for what the HPD did for the community during the flood. So we want to cater a meal, additional to what we normally do for the holidays. It will be a catered meal, not just sandwiches, done on Nov. 15, before the holidays and before everyone starts going on vacation.”

Price explained that it will be a full buffet-style meal with all the trimmings, including two meats, a selection of vegetables and rolls along with desserts. The total number of officers to be served is expected to be 60, which takes care of all three work shifts.

“All these people went 12 on and 12 off and worked very hard through all of the flooding, so we want to make sure all three shifts of officers are included,” Price said. The motion was unanimously approved.

In addition to the Harvey Flood appreciation meal, the committee approved its traditional holiday food trays that KSA does every year for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

“It’s nothing fancy but it’s something for those who work on the holidays,” Price said. She explained that the caterer will deliver the trays of sandwiches and snacks to the Kingwood HPD Station, all four fire stations serving Kingwood and Forest Cove north of the San Jacinto River, the Atascocita Volunteer Fire Department that serves the two Kingwood villages south of the river, and also the Harris County Constable’s Precinct 4 Office that serves the area.

In other business, in support of Kingwood HPD the committee approved the purchase of a fully equipped police patrol bicycle from Bike Werks in Kingwood for $2,500. The bike is needed to bring the inventory up to the current compliment of assigned officers who patrol Kingwood’s trails and park areas. The committee has historically provided the bikes in support of the HPD Bike Patrol operation.

The last order of business was a motion to cancel the December Public Safety meeting due to proximity of the Christmas holiday period. The next meeting will be Wednesday, Jan. 10 at 7 p.m. at the South Woodland Hills Community Room, 2038 Shadow Rock. The public is invited to attend.

Bruce Olson
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I have been married since 1970 to Kerry, my best friend and a great Australian woman. I served and survived Vietnam in the U.S. Air Force. I fought forest fires in the summer while in college, where I earned a B.A. in economics from Oklahoma State University and an M.B.A. from the University of Texas. I retired from Continental Airlines. I have a son and two granddaughters in Kingwood, and a daughter and two grandsons on a farm near Mazabuka, Zambia. I am now enjoying life as a grandfather, Tribune correspondent and Humble ISD guest teacher when not traveling to Zambia or Australia.