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.