UT System Police Featured Officer of the Month


December 2016

Hector Martinez

UT Medical Branch - Galveston PD



Officer Hector Martinez is the third born of four children to Rosa and Rigoberto Martinez from El Salvador. His parents uprooted their family during the El Salvadoran Civil war, and moved to Houston Texas. Once in Houston his father got a job at Moody Gardens in Galveston so his parents decided that Galveston was better suited for their family to live. Officer Martinez knows Galveston to be home and has attended school there from kindergarten to high school and is a proud graduate of Galveston Ball High School Class of 2000. From a young age Officer Martinez has had a passion for Art, he has taken any and every type of art class known to students and has exceled in all of them. His passion for art, although very high, does not come close to the love and passion he has for his family. He has been married to Cindylu Martinez, a recognized Registered Respiratory therapist with Shriners Burns Hospital for Children, for 9 years. They are blessed with 2 beautiful children Abigail (3) and Aaron (1).


After high school Officer Martinez attended Galveston College. In 2001 he was hired on full time with Shriners Hospital for Children as a Rehabilitation tech where he worked alongside Physical and Occupational therapists to improve the everyday lives of burned children. While at Shriners his artistic talent was quickly discovered and was published in a children’s book as an illustrator.  In 2004 He graduated from the Galveston College Law Enforcement Academy but continued to work at Shriners. In 2006 he began his career as a Police Officer working as a reserve officer for the Texas City Police Department where he was a patrolman. In 2008 he became a Deputy for the Galveston County Constables Office Pct. 5 working under, what would become one of his mentors, Constable Michael Montez. While employed there he redesigned the precinct's patch and started a Christmas toy drive, “Constables Care Christmas Toy Drive”, benefitting the Children of Shriners Hospital in Galveston.  Officer Martinez was one of very few Deputies in the county who held a Civil Process Proficiency Certificate. In 2012 he was promoted to Corporal of his precinct. In February 2015 Officer Martinez was hired by Chief Thomas Engells with the University of Texas System Police, Galveston where he has been a night shift patrolman and currently assigned to the Angleton Campus. In October 2015 he attended the University of Texas System Police 12th Lateral Officer Course in Austin.


Officer Martinez was chosen by Chief Engells to design a commemorative Challenge coin honoring the 50th Anniversary of The UT System Police. As with most artistic projects, he exceled at this task and his coin design was chosen to represent this very special time in our department's history. Officer Martinez is very excited to combine his love for Art and policing and maybe one day become the department’s first ever forensic artist. In his spare time, Officer Martinez enjoys spending time with his family and spending a little time with some Iron at the gym.


“Hard work will always trump talent, but when talent works hard then the sky is the limit”




Click the links below to go directly to prior Officers of the Month

October 2016

Michael Redmond

UT MD Anderson PD

November 2016

Shawn Smith

UT San Antonio PD


July 2016

Van Slusser

UT Rio Grande PD

August 2016

Alicia Dockens

UT Health Science Center San Antonio

September 2016

Arthur Barrera


April 2016

Wayne Coffey

UT Austin PD

May 2016

Pete Hensgen

UT El Paso PD

June 2016

Ronnie Johnson

UT Medical Branch Galveston PD

January 2016

Kenneth Baptiste

UT Southwestern Medical Center PD

February 2016

W.J. Braunsdorf

UT Medical Branch PD

March 2016

Bill Zimmerman

UT Arlington PD

October 2015

Beverly Kennedy

UT Tyler Police

November 2015

James Vernier

UT Arlington PD

December 2015

Brett Watkins

UT Austin PD

July 2015

John W. Siverand, Jr.

UT MB Galveston PD

August 2015

Maranda Tupper

UT San Antonio PD

September 2015

Brian Kneisley

UT Permian Basin PD

April 2015

Cynthia Loredo

UT Southwestern Medical Center

May 2015

Pablo Lopez

UT Pan American

June 2015

Wayne Smith

UT Houston PD

January 2015

Robert Major

UT San Antonio PD

February 2015

Adela Leal

UT Health Science Center San Antonio PD

March 2015

Jacob Corbitt

UT Medical Branch - Galveston

October 2014

Diego Mata

UT Pan American PD

November 2014

John Morrison

UT Arlington PD

December 2014

Jason Rask

UT Austin PD

July 2014

Officer Carolina Villareal

UT Austin PD

August 2014

Officer Robert Trimyer

UT Health Science Center San Antonio PD

September 2014

Stacey Rotunno

UT Dallas PD


April 2014

Gordon Firth

UT Dallas PD

May 2014

John Armstead

UT Houston PD

June 2014

Rey Trevino

UT Brownsville PD


January 2014

Robert DeRohn

UT San Antonio PD

February 2014

Joel Rivera

UT Arlington PD

March 2014

Natalie Rodriguez

UT Health Northeast PD


October 2013

Bobby Lane

UT San Antonio PD

November 2013

Charles Bonnet

UT Austin PD

December 2013

Kevin Gray

UT Houston PD


July 2013

Perla Noriega

UT Brownsville PD

August 2013

Jason Taylor

UT Austin PD

September 2013

Laura Davis

UT Austin PD


April 2013

Samantha Carter

UT Austin PD

May 2013

Jerry Blanco

UT Arlington PD

June 2013

David Sedmak

UT HSC San Antonio


January 2013

Clifford A. Douglas

UTMB Galveston PD

February 2013

Ashley Griffin

UT Austin PD

March 2013

Homar Bahena

UT Brownsville PD


October 2012

Scott H. Barnwell

UT MD Anderson PD

November 2012

Liju George

UT Southwestern PD

December 2012

Brandy Elliot

UT Tyler PD


July 2012

Molly Ralph

UT Pan American PD

August 2012

Joseph Michael Pasqua

UT Austin PD

September 2012

Dava Barnhart

UT Austin PD


April 2012

Angelia Lemmonds

UT MD Anderson PD

May 2012

Adam Jones

UT Southwestern PD

June 2012

Stefan Happ

UT MD Anderson PD




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