HPD Statement Regarding the Indictments of Former
HPOU Board Members

July 17, 2008 - Acting Chief of Police M.W. Thaler released the following statement…

In response to the reports of the indictments of Officer Jeffrey Larson for Misapplication of Fiduciary Property and former Officer Ronald L. Martin for Misapplication of Fiduciary Property and Theft by Public Servant, I want to assure the citizens of Houston that the Houston Police Department is working closely with the Harris County District Attorney’s office to complete this investigation. At the same time, the Internal Affairs Division is working diligently to complete the administrative investigation. At the conclusion of this process, the department will take whatever action is appropriate based on the facts determined by that investigation.

I want to assure the citizens of Houston that we take these issues very seriously. I share the concern and disappointment of all the members of the Houston Police Department when allegations such as these are raised against anyone placed in a position of trust. Integrity is the value held in the highest regard within our ranks. Any violation of the public trust will be dealt with in the manner befitting the expectations of our community.


For additional information, please contact the HPD Public Affairs Division at 713-308-3200.

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