Law enforcement backs Judge Schneider in his bid for third term

HPOU, P.O.L.I.C.E., Inc. backed judge in 2006, 2010 and will again in 2014

HOUSTON – The Houston Police Officers’ Union – the biggest police group in the city – recently endorsed incumbent Judge Michael “Mike” Schneider in his bid for another term in the 315th Juvenile District Court.

Judge Schneider, a Republican seeking his third full term in 2014, said he was excited to get another nod from the prestigious law enforcement organization that back him in both 2006 and 2010.

“I’m so proud to once again get the backing of HPOU,” said Judge Schneider. “I’m also glad to have it so early in the process. This is a real vote of confidence. HPOU has stood with me since I first ran for this bench and having them by my side again means a great deal. It means they understand, more than most, that community involvement and innovation are the keys to addressing juvenile justice issues in our county.”

Also standing by the judge again is the law enforcement and legal advocacy group P.O.L.I.C.E., Inc. (Peace Officers Looking Into Courthouse Excellence). The group, which represents scores of law enforcement officers with strong ties to the courthouse community, was also with Judge Schneider in 2006 and 2010.

“When I started my campaign for judge in 2006, members of P.O.L.I.C.E., Inc. were among the first to rally to our cause,” said Judge Schneider. “Their members are wise in the ways of the legal system. Their endorsement means we’re doing something right in the 315th. Having them next to me again in 2014 means a lot to me.”

Texas Gov. Rick Perry first appointed Judge Schneider to the bench in 2006 – the year he later won his first term. Since becoming the presiding judge in the 315th, Judge Schneider has presided over scores of cases, including complex jury trials involving a mix of family, criminal, juvenile and civil law.

Judge Schneider has been praised for his innovative approach to reform and problems facing the juvenile justice system. He has been a leader in improving the state juvenile justice system and a trailblazer on issues like human trafficking.