The lettering work on the exterior of Houston Police Headquarters at 1200 Travis is complete and now bears its official name as the Edward A. Thomas Building.
In a formal ceremony on July 27, the building at 1200 Travis was renamed in honor of retired Senior Police Officer Edward A. Thomas for his 63 years of exemplary service and dedication to the department. On August 10, “Mr. Thomas,” as he was affectionately known throughout the department, passed away at the age of 95.
In 1948, Officer Thomas graduated from Cadet Class #1 and received numerous awards, commendations and letters of appreciation during his HPD career.
Officer Thomas was one of the first African American police officers to join HPD and served during a time of systemic discrimination throughout the department. However, Mr. Thomas persevered and served with dedication and hard work. His more than six decades of hard work and courage paved the way for African American and minority officers.
At the time of his retirement, Mr. Thomas was the most revered and respected officer within the Houston Police Department.