A few years back, I made a TV show called 'The Academy' which featured HPD Class 193. I never stopped talking about how great it would be to become an HPD officer after doing that show. Eventually my business partners insisted that I either sign up or shut up! I am now thrilled to be fulfilling a dream, trading the world of TV cop shows for the real thing.
Going from submitting that first application online to receiving “The Big Phone Call” took well over a year for me. There are thousands of applicants, and only a relative few are selected. Everything must be perfect or be fixed quickly in each phase of recruiting in order to advance to the next phase.
Not sure if I would be selected, I enrolled in a private (non-HPD) police academy at a local college. Now, near the end of the 6th month of that academy, I am about to start all over again in the HPD academy. I did well in the private academy program, but the HPD academy is unlike any other. Doing well here will not be an easy accomplishment, so it's a good thing I am ready to give it my all!
My name is Bradley Mark and I am a new cadet in Class 210. My entire life, all I’ve ever knew was policing, specifically the Houston Police Department.
My father is a retired HPD officer of 35 years, so my idea of a job growing up was putting on black boots, being protected by a blue uniform, and riding a larger than life motorcycle. He taught me many life lessons and allowed me to learn even more on my own.
After high school I continued my education at The Ohio State University, graduating with a degree in Aviation Systems with a minor in Criminology. I have always known that law enforcement was the career for me, and fueled by a love of flying, I hope I can serve the community as a Pilot in the Air Support Division.
So far, things are going great! We had a pre-orientation downtown, and for most of us, it was our first time meeting the other cadets. I can only speak for myself, but walking in I was overwhelmed with different emotions. I was excited to meet my classmates, anxious to start working with them and incredibly nervous of the unknown still to come. I had the nervous butterflies in the pit of my stomach, but as soon as I saw a room full of the blue uniforms I hope to wear one day, my butterflies took flight and a sense of gratitude set in.
I am very grateful that these men and woman have given me the opportunity to join their “family” and the chance to fulfill my life-long dream. Class 210 has only taken its first baby step, but I know by September we will full steam ahead.
My name is Elizabeth Gemmill, and I recently became a cadet for the Houston Police Department. I was born in 1988 in Germany on a US Army base. I grew up in a suburb south of Houston called League City. I’m a young woman that has geared all her goals toward becoming a police officer.
Since I was 12, being a police officer has been my dream thanks to a League City police officer who helped me through a rough time in my life. He became someone I looked up to and someone I wanted to be.
Throughout high school I worked several jobs and played sports to keep myself busy along with whatever social life I could manage. While juggling my busy teen life I helped out my local police department with tobacco stings.
This experience only encouraged me to pursue my dreams of becoming a police officer one day. Immediately following high school I began college and as soon as I had my first degree I applied for HPD, I could not get there soon enough.
My name is Jessica Smith. I was born in Riverside, California and raised in San Antonio, Texas; I am pursuing my lifelong ambition in law enforcement. I am mother of three and grandmother of two.
I have a “never give up” attitude and was recently awarded a black belt in Tae Kwon Do and Hapkido. My past hobbies include motorcycle riding and raising horses. I used to own a small motorcycle apparel company, practiced real estate in North Carolina and Texas, and served as the public relations director at a large Martial Arts school. I enjoy shooting handguns and aspire to pilot an HPD helicopter one day.
I have waited 17 long months for Academy 210 to begin and look forward to forging new friendships and making a positive contribution in the Houston community.