The Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) will recognize four Houston police officers in the 2014 State of Texas Law Enforcement Achievement Award Ceremony on June 12 in Austin.
Set to receive TCOLE’s Valor Awards are Officers John Calhoun, Andrea Munoz and Senior Police Officer Jeffrey Anderson. Officer Frank Webb, widely credited with pioneering HPD programs affecting the mentally ill, will receive the commission’s Professional Achievement Award.
The Valor Awards honor the officers for their handling of events that happened in 2014.
Officers Calhoun and Munoz were dispatched to a call about a suspicious person with a gun. Calhoun pursued this individual when he started to run away. As the officer grabbed the suspect the suspect shot at him.
Munoz saw the man holding the gun with both hands during his scuffle with Calhoun. She grabbed the individual’s wrists, but he kept trying to point the weapon at her. Fearing for the safety of his partner, Officer Calhoun fatally shot the suspect. Then Calhoun realized he had been shot, although his ballistic vest had prevented a lethal wound.
Anderson’s act of valor happened when he joined a high-speed police chase initiated by the Liverpool police chief. It involved an armed suspect and also involved Pearland police officers. The Pearland officers drew fire from the suspect and, as the chase continued, Anderson joined the officers as it entered Houston jurisdiction, running behind Pearland Officer Chris Robertson.
The suspect pulled into the driveway of his house and got out of his truck holding a shotgun. Robertson stopped immediately behind the suspect and when Anderson arrived he saw the suspect take aim at Robertson. Anderson fired at the suspect to protect Robertson.
The suspect began shooting at the officers, who returned fire striking and killing the suspect. Officer Anderson’s actions no doubt saved the Pearland officer’s life.
Both Calhoun and Anderson received HPD Police Week awards for their work. They were also honored as Officers of the Year by the 100 Club of Greater Houston.
Webb received an HPD Lifetime Achievement Award for the same list of worthy achievements credited to him by TCOLE. Webb is a nationally recognized leader in working with individuals with mental illness through programs such as Crisis Intervention Training, Crisis Intervention Response Teams, the Chronic Consumer Stabilization Initiative and the Homeless Outreach Team.
According to HPD records, none of these would have been successful without Webb, who worked with the Mental Health Mental Retardation Authority to develop an eight hour in-service class titled “Dealing with the Mentally Ill.”
His Police Week citation said he assisted in the creation of the Neuropsychiatric Center and the streamlined procedures for obtaining an Emergency Detention Order, resulting in reducing the time needed for the process from 8 hours to an hour or less.
HPD has earned wide recognition throughout the country due to Webb’s efforts, which also make the department “better able to serve our community.”