• Mr. Speaker, the Houston Police Headquarters will soon be renamed in honor of the retired Senior Police Officer Edward Alfred Thomas , a fitting tribute to his lifelong service to the city of Houston.
  • Police Officer Edward Alfred Thomas , also known as "Mr. Thomas" around the station, has provided 65 years of service as an officer to the Houston Police Department.
  • Officer Thomas served the Houston Police Department from January 12, 1948 to July 23, 2011. His accomplishments are numerous and include The 100 Club, Officer of the Year, the Lifetime Achievement Award, and a Chief of Police Commendation.
  • Officer Thomas served nearly 20 years prior to the Civil Rights Movement and was one of the first African-American police officers to integrate into the Houston Police Department.
  • Fellow officers declare that Officer Thomas has been an incredible example of perseverance, courage, and duty to the Houston Police Force.
  • Several organizations support the proposal to name the Police Headquarters in Officer Thomas's honor such as the African American Police Officer League (AAPOL), Houston PoliceOfficer's Union (HPOU), the Houston Organization of Public Employees (HOPE), and Houston Police Organization of Spanish Speaking Officers (OSSO).
  • The City Council unanimously approved the proposal to name the Houston Police Headquarters in his honor on June 15, 2015.
  • And that's just the way it is.