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Friday, May 22, 2015

Funeral Services for HPD Officer Richard M. Martin



The funeral for HPD Officer Richard K. Martin is today, May 22, 2015. The details are as follows.

The funeral will be at Grace Community Church, 14505 Gulf Freeway, and begin at 2 pm. The service is anticipated to run about an hour. The rendering of honors will occur outside, immediately following the service.  During this time all or portions of the inbound feeder road will be closed to traffic.  Uniformed police officers will be on hand to direct motorists.

There will be an HPD escort the hearse from George H. Lewis funeral home (1010 Bering Drive).  It will depart at approximately 10:15 a.m. and be escorted by HPD motorcycle officers to Grace Community Church.  Because it is an escort, not a procession, it is anticipated the impact to traffic should be minimal. 


At the conclusion of the ceremony, the hearse will be escorted back to George H. Lewis.  Officer Martin’s remains, under HPD escort, will depart the next morning (Saturday) for burial in Oklahoma.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Tyler Martin Plays in Honor of His Father Officer Richard Martin


Tyler Martin chose to play baseball last night as a way to honor his father, Officer Richard Martin who was killed in the line of duty on Monday, May 18, 2015. Tyler requested that HPD officers fill the stands at his game, and our officers answered.

After a moment of silence for Officer Martin, Tyler played the game with men and women from HPD cheering him on.  

For more pictures, please go to the HPD Flickr page at THIS LINK




Congressman Ted Poe Honors Officer Richard Martin

Thank you Congressman Ted Poe for the kind words about fallen Officer Richard Martin.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Line of Duty Death of HPD Officer Richard Martin


It is with heavy hearts that we announce the line of duty death of Officer Richard Martin. Officer Martin, a 4 year veteran, was assigned to the Westside Patrol and was a field training officer. 

A suspect led police on a vehicle pursuit and struck and killed Officer Martin. The suspect is in custody.

Officer Martin leaves behind two children. Please keep Officer Martin's family and the men and women of HPD in your thoughts and prayers. 

Recruiting for the Week of May 18



Friday, May 15, 2015

HPD Recruiting during Police Week


HPD Recruiting Officer J. Jones (and her sister Officer Joseph of Public Affairs) had a great time talking to the many kids who visit the Houston Police Academy during police week!

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Recruiting at the Houston Astros Game


The Houston Astros invited HPD to catch a game during National Police Week. Officer J. Jones of the Recruiting Division was on hand to answer questions from anyone interested in starting a career with HPD!

Recruiting in NOLA

HPD Officer Slade ran an easy 10 miles from the Quarter to Loyola getting ready for a recruiting event today.
See him at the Naval Air Station Joint Base Reserve today from 10 am - 2 pm.
Reserved for military approved guests only

Thursday, May 7, 2015

HPD Memorial Service to Honor Fallen Officers


Houston Mayor Annise Parker, Police Chief Charles A. McClelland, Jr., and members of the Houston Police Department will attend a memorial service at the Houston Police Officers' Memorial, 2400 Memorial Drive, to honor those officers killed in the line of duty. 

The ceremony will begin with a procession down Memorial Drive and will conclude with the placing of the wreath at the HPD Officers' Memorial.  Included in the ceremony is a "blue light" vigil for fallen officers, a roll call of the 112 HPD officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty, a 21-gun salute, TAPS by the HPD Bagpipers and a fly-over by HPD helicopters.


The memorial service marks the beginning of National Police Week, which runs Friday, May 8, through Friday, May 15.  It is during Police Week we remember and honor those men and women who have given the ultimate sacrifice of their lives so that we may live in safety and peace. 

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

HPD Executive Assistant Chief George Beunik Honored by Houston Young Lawyers Association



HPD Executive Assistant Chief George Buenik recently received the Houston Young Lawyers Association (HYLA) Liberty Bell Award and was honored at a Law Day Luncheon.

The Liberty Bell Award recognizes one outstanding non-lawyer in Texas who has made a selfless contribution to his or her community to strengthen the effectiveness of the American System of Justice by instilling a better understanding and appreciation of the law.

Executive Assistant Chief Buenik is currently over Strategic Operations which includes the Homeland Security Command and the training academy. He is coordinating all police security operations for Super Bowl 51 which will be in Houston in 2017.


Congratulations Executive Assistant Chief Buenik!