HOUSTON — “Enough is enough,” Houston Police Officers’ Union President Joe Gamaldi said during a press conference Monday after learning four Houston officers were shot in the line of duty.
Four narcotics officers were shot while serving a search warrant to a house in the 7800 block of Harding. Another officer injured his knee while running away from the gunfire.
Gamaldi, in a very stern voice, told the public, “We are sick and tired of having targets on our back. We are sick and tired of having dirtbags trying to take our lives when all we’re trying to do is protect this community and protect our families.”
He continued, “If you’re the ones that are out there spreading the rhetoric that police officers are the enemy, just know we’ve all got your number now, we’re going to be keeping track of all of y’all, and we’re going to make sure that we hold you accountable every time you stir the pot on our police officers. We’ve had enough, folks. We’re out there doing our jobs every day, putting our lives on the line for our families.”
Officer Gamaldi has been with the Houston Police Department since 2008. He is currently assigned to night shift patrol at North Station but serves in a full-time capacity at HPOU. Officer Gamaldi is the chair of the Education 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.
Officer Gamaldi was born and raised on Long Island, NY. He attended the University of Hartford and earned his degree in criminal justice with minors in Political Science and Sociology. He completed his master’s degree from Long Island University in Homeland Security.