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. 

Chair- Tom Hayes
34-year veteran as Sergeant of the Houston Police Department.  He also serves as a Vice President of the Houston Police Officers’ Union and Chairman of the First Responders Benefit Trust.

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

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

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

Board Member- Renee Cravens
HR Manager with Vallen Distribution, Inc.

Board Member- Fulton Broemer
Principal in the law firm of Broemer & Associates

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

Board Member- William Booth

32-year veteran as Sergeant of the Houston Police Department.  He also serves as a Director of the Houston Police Officers’ Union and Secretary of the First Responders Benefit Trust.

Board Member- Michael LaReau
9-year veteran as Police Officer of the Houston Police Department.

Board Member- Gabriela Joyce
Executive Assistant at Texas Police Trust.

Board Member- Lisa Marino
Executive Assistant at HPOU.  28+ years in Marketing, Promotions and Computer Graphics.

Board Member (HPOU Rep)- Doug Griffith
26-year veteran as Police Officer of the Houston Police Department.  He also serves as Vice President of the Houston Police Officers’ Union.

Board Member (TAFR Rep)- Tim Butler
23-year veteran as a Senior Police Officer of the Houston Police Department.  He also serves as Treasurer of the Houston Police Officers’ Union.

Board Member (HPOU Rep)- Luis Menendez-Sierra
10-year veteran of the Houston Police Department.  He also serves as a Board Member of the Houston Police Officers’ Union.

Board Member (HPD Rep)- Matt Williams
15-year veteran as Sergeant of the Houston Police Department.

Contact Us

1600 State Street
Houston, Texas 77002
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P: 713-223-4286
F: 713-200-2470
E: info@assisttheofficer.com