Speakers and Instructors

Officer Ann M. Carrizales, Meadows Place (TX) Police Department

Ann Carrizales

The Early Years

Officer Ann Marie Carrizales was born in San Clemente, California. Upon graduation, Carrizales enlisted in the United States Marine Corps with a Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) in the Military Police field. She was assigned to various billets within that unit such as the Patrol, Vehicle Registration, and the Criminal Investigation Division (CID) Juvenile/Gang Enforcement Team (J.E.T.).

Breaking Barriers

In 1997, Officer Carrizales made Marine Corps history when she became the FIRST woman to represent the Marine Corps in the sport of amateur boxing. In 1999, Carrizales became the U.S. Women’s National Champion in her weight division and was ranked #1 in the country. She would once again become a part of history by being selected to compete on the first Women’s
U.S. International Boxing Team representing the United States in Turku, Finland. While there, she earned one of two silver medals for the U.S. and a #2 world ranking. In November 2000, she won her professional boxing debut before placing her career on hold to move back to Texas. She continued to serve her community as a Police Dispatcher with various police agencies before earning her Texas Peace Officer License and re-entering her law enforcement career.

Back to Her Calling

In August of 2010, Officer Carrizales began employment with the Stafford (TX) Police Department. She played a vital role within her department serving as a Field Training Officer, R.A.D. (Rape Aggression Defense) Instructor and Police Instructor. Officer Carrizales also served on the East Fort Bend County Regional SWAT Team as a Crisis Negotiator. She was voted Officer of The Year by her peers for two years in a row, an unprecedented achievement within the department.

On October 26, 2013, Officer Carrizales initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle occupied by three members of a violent gang with ties to the Mexican Mafia known as MS-13. While speaking with the driver of the vehicle, the front seat passenger opened fire, shooting her in the face and chest prior to fleeing. She immediately returned fire and while bleeding and in severe pain, got back into her patrol vehicle beginning pursuit of the suspects. With the help of various police agencies and Houston Crime Stoppers, all three suspects were captured.


Joe Gamaldi, Houston Police Officers’ Association

Joe Gamaldi

HPOU President Joe Gamaldi was born and raised on Long Island, NY. Following high school he attended the University of Hartford, where he earned a degree in Criminal Justice, with minors in Political Science and Sociology. After graduation, Officer Gamaldi was hired by the NYPD in 2005 where he worked as an officer for 3 years. He then transferred to the Houston Police Department in 2008 and graduated from Class #197. Shortly after graduation from the academy, he completed his Masters Degree from Long Island University in Homeland Security Management. Officer Gamaldi then went on to serve as the Second Vice President of the Houston Police Officers’ Union from 2012-2017 and was elected President of the Houston Police Officer’s Union in January 2018. Officer Gamaldi is the chair of the Education Committee, Labor Relations Committee, the Ways and Means committee, and serves on the bargaining team for contract negotiations. He also coordinates the Safe Ride Home program, founded the Houston Officers Peer Assistance (HOPA), and runs all the social media platforms for the HPOU. When he is not at work, Officer Gamaldi enjoys spending time with his wonderful wife Alexa, and their two beautiful daughters.


Rick Pinckard, Bobbitt, Pinckard & Fields APC

Rick is the Managing Partner at Bobbitt Pinckard & Fields, APC. He was licensed to practice in 1987. Prior to joining the Bar, Rick was a police officer with the San Diego Police Department. As an attorney Rick served as the Legal Advisor to the Chief of Police for SDPD and then he served as the Chief Legal Counsel to the Sheriff. After nine years as a law enforcement management attorney, Rick left the public sector to become an advocate for labor and individual law enforcement officers. Over the past 21 years in private practice Rick has represented law enforcement personnel in all levels of administrative, criminal and appellate matters.


Brad Fields, Bobbitt, Pinckard & Fields APC

Brad is a partner at Bobbitt, Pinckard & Fields, APC. Brad has been with the office for over 21 years and is the lead labor attorney for the firm. In addition to his primary scope in labor issues, Brad also represents individual clients in all levels of administrative investigation and discipline. Brad has also been lead counsel on many appellate cases which have resulted in published decisions by the Court of Appeal. Brad is a frequent speaker/presenter at seminars and symposiums on a wide variety of labor and labor association issues.


Gary Messing, Messing Adam & Jasmine LLP

Before starting Messing Adam & Jasmine LLP with his partners Gregg Adam and Jason Jasmine in 2015, Gary was a partner with Carroll Burdick & McDonough LLP in the Public Sector Labor Group. He joined Carroll Burdick in 1976, opened the Sacramento branch office for Carroll Burdick in 1980, and became managing partner of that office in 1984.

In 2014, Gary was elected as a Fellow to the prestigious national College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, of which he is the only union lawyer and one of only six labor and employment lawyers in Northern California – outside of the Bay Area – to be included. In 2018, he was named as one of the top 500 plaintiff’s employment lawyers in the United States by Lawdragon, an agency that has been ranking attorneys in the U.S. for over a decade. Also in 2018, Gary was honored as a Centennial Fellow by the Sacramento County Bar Foundation as part of the Sacramento County Bar Association’s 100-year anniversary centennial celebrations. Gary was one of only eleven attorneys recognized for this first-time distinction awarded to “attorneys at the pinnacle of achievement who, through distinguished professional accomplishment, substantial civic involvement and philanthropy, have earned a legacy as founding pillars of the Sacramento legal community.”

Gary has acted as chief negotiator for large California state associations with bargaining units consisting of up to seven thousand members, and he is chief negotiator for numerous other local public safety and miscellaneous organizations.

He was lead counsel for Shoemaker v. Myers and White v. Davis, which resulted in landmark California Supreme Court decisions and has litigated matters in the United States Supreme Court.

Gary is responsible for numerous precedent-setting Fair Labor Standards Act cases against the State of California and other public employers, including the “IOU” case.


Peter Durfee, Chico Police Department

Officer Peter Durfee is an eleven-year veteran with the Chico Police Department. He is a graduate of the Butte College Law Enforcement Academy where he is also currently an instructor. He has held such positions as Patrol Officer, Detective, School Resource Officer, Crime Scene Investigator, Hostage Negotiator, and Field Training Officer. Officer Durfee served as the President of the Chico Police Officers’ Association for five years and is currently the Director of the North Valley Chapter of PORAC. Officer Durfee also sits on the Board of Directors for the Northern California Chapter of Concerns of Police Survivors (COPS). Prior to becoming a Police Officer, Durfee was professional baseball umpire serving time in the Major Leagues.


James Parrott, Chico Police Department

Jim Parrott has been with Chico PD since 1996 and worked numerous assignments including Patrol FTO, Special Operations, Mounted Unit, HNT, JTTF and Bike Unit. He is currently a Detective and has had that assignment for 8 years. He teaches Search and Seizure at the Butte LE Academy, CA State Parks and CA Fish and Wildlife Academies. He is also the current president of the Chico Police Officers’ Association.