Reserve Officer Annie Almendarez has been serving the citizens of Hitchcock since February of 2021. She joined the Hitchcock Police Department after retiring from the Galveston Police Department with 22 years of honorable 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.  

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

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