Investigator Annie Almendarez has been serving the citizens of Hitchcock since February of this year. She joined our department after retiring from the Galveston Police Department after 22 years of service. Her current assignment is a reserve officer assigned to Criminal investigations. While working at the Galveston police department she obtained the rank of sergeant and was the first African American female to be promoted to that position.  

Investigator Almendarez holds a Master Peace Officer License and holds an Associates and Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice. Investigator Almendarez has over 6000 hours (about 7 months) of specialized training to include crisis negotiation, criminal investigations including homicide, juvenile abuse, and sex crimes. Investigator Almendarez has completed Leadership Command College sponsored by Sam Houston State. 

Investigator Almendarez is currently a certified Texas school teacher teaching criminal justice at Dickinson High School. In her spare time, she enjoys running, as she has completed over 15 marathons and volunteering. She has two sons and expecting her first grandson in July. Investigator Almendarez believes in community policing as “The people are the Police, and the Police are the people.”