Position: Police Officer

STARTING SALARY:  $51,402.00 

Closing Date: July 31, 2019


Officers are responsible for the performance of general police work, and the protection of life and property through the enforcement of federal and state laws, and local ordinances.


Must be at least 21 years of age, and have not reached his/her 45th birthday; be a high school graduate or equivalent; of the highest character; possess social adaptability to deal with various types of people; of a manner and bearing suitable for police work; capable of passing a physical examination and must be licensed by the Texas Commission On Law Enforcement (TCOLE) no later than 45 days after the exam date.


Must pass a written Civil Service exam with a score of 70 or greater.  Prospective applicants must register for the exam in person at the Galena Park Police Department, at 2207 Clinton Drive, Galena Park, Texas, before 5:00 P.M. Monday, July 31, 2019.  A valid driver’s license must be presented in order to register.


A written competitive examination will be administered on Saturday, August 10, 2019 at 2:30 PM at the Alvin D. Baggett Community Center, 1302 Keene Street, Galena Park, Texas.  A valid State-issued photo I.D. is required for entry to the examination.  The examination will consist of 100 items and will be two hours in length.  Applicants who pass the exam will be placed on an eligibility list ranked by test score. The eligibility list remains in effect for six months, or until all eligible applicants have been hired, or disqualified. Persons wishing to be considered after the list expires must register and take the next entrance examination.

PRIOR MILITARY: Five additional points shall be added to the examination score of any applicant who:

  • Served in the U.S. armed forces, and
  • Received an honorable discharge, and
  • Scores a passing grade on the examination.

POSTED: July 28, 2019

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Officer of the Year

Chief Gonzales, Sgt. Knox and GPISD PD Chief Clements

30-year police veteran Sergeant Mike Knox was named the Galena Park / Jacinto City Rotary Club’s Galena Park Police Department Officer of the Year for 2018.  The GP/JC Rotary Club honored local law enforcement at their May 15 luncheon during National Police Week.

Galena Park P.D. Interim Chief Rick Gonzales cited Sgt. Knox’s leadership, hard work, knowledge of the community, and recent contributions to a recent homicide which led to the identification of a suspect, as contributing factors in Knox’s selection for the award.

This is Sgt. Knox’s second time to be awarded Officer of the Year.

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Follow our new Facebook Page


Please check out our new Facebook page at Galena Park Police Department.  Be sure to Like and Follow us at the new Facebook page, as the old page will be deactivated soon!

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Police Trading Cards Bring Officers and Children Together

Chief Gonzales has provided GPPD baseball cards for Officers to give to kids.  The cards let Officers introduce themselves to our children and allows children to meet the officers.

Officer Tidwell handing out Police Officer Baseball Cards at GP Sports Complex













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Harris County Public Library Galena Park branch reopens

The Harris County Public Library Galena Park branch reopened April 24 following storm damage suffered during Hurricane Harvey

Mayor Esmeralda Moya addresses attendees at the Library’s reopening










Police Chief Rick Gonzales and MacArthur Elementary students attended the Library’s reopening



Chief Gonzales and students at the Library’s reopening

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Welcome Aboard Chief Rick Gonzales!

The Galena Park Police Department is pleased to announce that Rick Gonzales joined the Galena Park Police Department February 23, as Interim Police Chief.

Chief Gonzales is retired from the Houston Police Department and brings 30 years of Police experience to the job.  Feel free to introduce yourself when you see the Chief about town.

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FEMA: Disaster Recovery Centers Change Hours of Operation

News Release

Disaster Recovery Centers Change Hours of Operation

AUSTIN, Texas –State of Texas/FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers will change their hours of operation starting Monday, Sept. 25, 2017.

The 40 centers offer in-person support to individuals and businesses in counties included in the Texas federal disaster declaration for Hurricane Harvey and the subsequent floods.

Recovery specialists from the Federal EmergencyManagement Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), the State and other agencies are at the centers to talk about assistance and to help anyone who needs guidance in filing an application.

Most centers will operate 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Six centers will be open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday at the following locations: Edna High School Stadium (Jackson County); Wharton Civic Center (Wharton County); Northshore Community Fellowship of Faith Parking Lot (Harris County); Refugio Fair Ground (Refugio County); Klein Multi-Purpose Center (Harris County); and the Office of Emergency Management Parking Lot (San Jacinto County). The center at the Brookshire Volunteer Fire Department (Waller County) is open 7 a.m. to noon daily until further notice.




FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from and mitigate all hazards.

Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-3362 (voice, 711/VRS – Video Relay Service) (TTY: 800-462-7585). Multilingual operators are available (press 2 for Spanish).

The SBA is the federal government’s primary source of money for the long-term rebuilding of disaster-damaged private property. SBA helps businesses of all sizes, private non-profit organizations, homeowners and renters fund repairs or rebuilding efforts and cover the cost of replacing lost or disaster-damaged personal property. These disaster loans cover losses not fully compensated by insurance or other recoveries and do not duplicate benefits of other agencies or organizations. For more information, applicants may contact SBA’s Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center by calling (800) 659-2955, emailing or visiting SBA’s website at Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals may call (800) 877-8339.

For more information on Hurricane Harvey and Texas recovery, visit the Hurricane Harvey disaster web page, the FEMA Harvey Facebook page, the @FEMARegion6 Twitter account, and the Texas Division of Emergency Management website.

Twitter • Facebook •  ReadyHarris App

For more information visit the Regional Joint Information Center website at


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Immediate Disaster Case Management Available for Hurricane Harvey Victims

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Harvey Recovery Fair, Public Invited

The Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management invites residents affected by Hurricane Harvey to a recovery fair this weekend.


WHAT:                  Hurricane Harvey Recovery Fair

WHEN:                 Saturday, September 23 and Sunday, September 24,  9 a.m. – 4 p.m.


WHERE:               Houston Community College – Northeast

Art Hub Gallery

555 Community College Drive

Houston, Texas 77013


The Harvey Recovery Fair will provide important recovery information about available disaster assistance from both governmental and non-profit organizations. Representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Small Business Administration (SBA) will be available to answer questions and help residents apply for disaster assistance.

This recovery event is targeting residents living in northeast and east Houston, East Aldine, Jacinto City, Galena Park, Cloverleaf and the Channelview areas.

Harris County Commissioner Precinct Two will be providing free shuttle service to the event from the following locations:


Alvin D. Baggett Community Center

1302 Keene Street

Galena Park, TX 77547


Flukinger Community Center

16003 Lorenzo Street

Channelview, TX 77530


Northeast Community Center

10918 1/2 Bentley Street

Houston, TX 77093


Morning Trip: 9 a.m. departure and 12 p.m. return

Afternoon Trip: 12 p.m. departure and 4 p.m. return


Participating Organizations:

  • Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management
  • Harris County Office of Commissioner Jack Morman
  • Harris County Community Services Department
  • Harris County Engineering Department
  • Harris County Flood Control District
  • Harris County Public Library
  • Harris County Public Health Services
  • City of Houston 311
  • City of Houston Housing and Community Development
  • City of Houston Department of Neighborhoods
  • City of Houston Permitting Center
  • Office of U.S. Representative Sheila Jackson Lee
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
  • Small Business Administration (SBA)
  • American Red Cross
  • Texas Gulf Coast Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters (VOAD)
  • United Way of Greater Houston

Houston Community College

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