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”