About Assist the Officer, Houston

Law enforcement officers serve and protect our communities. It is an unfortunate reality that many of these officers face work-related risks with the potential for injury on a daily basis. When an injury occurs, it can often times be financially catastrophic especially if they are the sole provider for their family. During their time of recovery, the last thing an officer should have to worry about is how he or she will make ends meet while recuperating.

Founded in 1993, Assist the Officer is a tax-exempt, non profit organization under the provisions of the Internal Revenue Code 501 (c) 3, providing short-term, immediate need financial assistance to peace officers in the Greater Houston area critically injured or disabled in the line of duty.

Assist the Officer serves to provides programs to fulfill an immediate need including:

  • Financial Assistance Program to assist with financial hardship to those 
    officers prevented to return back to work prior to 30 consecutive days due 
    to catastrophic injury in the line of duty.
  • Scholarships to qualifying High School Seniors of those critically injured 
    or disabled officers in need. These scholarships are part of an 
    essay-writing contest judged by independent panels.
  • Scholarships to qualifying disabled officers forced to retire due to medical 
    disability and having to seek further education for a career change.

Assist the Officer is a tax-exempt, non-profit organization under provisions of the Internal Revenue Code 501 (c) 3 and your donation may be tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Assist the Officer Board of Directors

The Assist the Officer Board of Directors is charged with the governance of the organization, making sure that it abides by ethical and legal standards in making its vision a reality. 

Krystal LaReau
Executive Assistant

Will Reiser, Chairman
21-year veteran as a Senior Police Officer of the Houston Police Department.  He also serves as Secretary of the Houston Police Officers’ Union.

Renee Cravens
HR Manager with RES Energy Solutions

Michael Mitchell
Co-Founder of Assist the Officer, Executive Director of Texas Police Trust and retired officer.

John Walsh
24-year veteran of the Houston Police Department.   

Robert Sandoval
12-year veteran as Sergeant of the Houston Police Department.  

Fulton Broemer
Principal in the law firm of Broemer & Associates

Drew Doebbler
Spirit of Texas Bank,  Office President - Clear Lake

Michael LaReau
7-year veteran as Police Officer of the Houston Police Department. 

Tim Butler
21-year veteran as a Senior Police Officer of the Houston Police Department.  He also serves as Treasurer of the Houston Police Officers’ Union.

Bill Booth
20-year veteran as Sergeant of the Houston Police Department.  He also serves as a Director of the Houston Police Officers’ Union.

Doug Griffith
20-year veteran as Police Officer of the Houston Police Department.  He also serves as Vice President of the Houston Police Officers’ Union.

Tom Hayes
21-year veteran as Sergeant of the Houston Police Department.  He also serves as a Director of the Houston Police Officers’ Union and the Texas Police Trust.

Advisory Board

An Advisory Board does not have any legal, formal responsibilities. Rather, the Advisory Board is convened by ATO to give advice and support.

Eric Eckel, CPP
Chevron-Phillips Chemical Company LLP

Michael Berry
NewsRadio 740 KTRH / The 9-5-0 KPRC / The Sports Animal 790 KBME AM Operations Manager

Adrian Garcia
Harris County Sheriff

Alex Zaldivar
AT&T GEM Account Manager

Tony Lapaglia
Apache Corp Manager, Security of North America

Jerry Lowry
Greenspoint District VP

Ziggy Gruber
Kenny & Ziggy’s Deli co-owner

Assistant Chief Brian Lumpkin
Houston Police Dept Assistant Chief

Eric Eckel, CPP
Senior Manager
KBR Corporate Security

Robert G. Molina, Jr.
Global Security Manager
LyondellBasell Industries

Conflict of Interest Policy

The Ad Hoc Conflicts Committee considers each request to assure that the request does not result in an award of benefits which would create a conflict of interest (such as an award to a relative of a Director).  The Committee considers each claim based on personal knowledge, professional enrollment records, and eligibility information required from all applicants.  The Committee also delegates each claim for review by an individual with detailed information on the Board’s and Organization’s members.

Privacy Policy

Each application for benefits, and all information submitted therewith, is legally privileged and confidential information which is gathered and maintained only for the consideration of the application in question.  The information submitted with each application is kept confidential and any use, dissemination, distribution or reproduction of such information is strictly prohibited.  No part of the application process should be considered a guaranty of benefits.  Each application must be considered and adjudicated on its own merits.

Contact Us

1600 State Street
Houston, Texas 77002
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P: 713-233-4286
F: 713-200-2470
E: info@assisttheofficer.com