Heliodoro Martinez Director of Community Services
Director Heliodoro “Henry” Martinez began his law enforcement career with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice supervising inmates on work details in and outside of the prison compound. In 1992, he attended the Houston Community College Police Academy and upon graduating, accepted a position as a Police Officer with the Houston Community College Police Department. Heliodoro is credited with creating and leading the first Honor Guard detail for the college police department. There he rose through the ranks from Police Officer to Detective then Sergeant of Investigations and Internal Affairs where he supervised both the investigations division and the communications division.
In 1999, Heliodoro was assigned as a department liaison to the U.S. Secret Service (High Tech Task Force). He was later promoted to Lieutenant in charge of his own command in the Northeast Houston sector, where he was also tasked with managing the department’s training division. He worked to ensure that all officers in the department were in compliance with T.C.O.L.E. (Texas Commission on Law Enforcement), and departmental mandates.
In November 2014, Heliodoro Martinez Jr. was appointed by Harris County Commissioner’s Court as Constable of Harris County Precinct 6. There he rebuilt a department that would come to be respected by other law enforcement agencies and the people they served. During his two years in office he was able to establish a sense of integrity and accountability.
Heliodoro Martinez holds a Master Peace Officer License and an Instructor Certification from the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement. Heliodoro graduated from Houston Community College’s Leadership Excellence Institute. He has had extensive training in Emergency Management and The National Incident Management System. Heliodoro also obtained extensive training through the Houston Police Department’s Academy on Juvenile Investigations and Crisis Intervention. Director Martinez has had extensive training in the areas of Internal Affairs through the Bill Blackwood - Law Enforcement Management Institute (LEMIT) of Texas at Sam Houston State University. Heliodoro Martinez serves on the Houston Community College Law Enforcement/Criminal Justice Advisory Committee. He is a member of the Justice of the Peace & Constables Association of Texas.
Heliodoro Martinez Jr. is a lifelong resident of Houston/Harris County. He has been married to his wife for 22 years and has two children. He enjoys spending time with his family, traveling and other outdoor activities. They are members of Holy Name Catholic Church in Houston. Heliodoro believes in giving back to the community. He has volunteered his time with the Sunshine Kids of Houston for many years where he ensures the children, staff and families have a safe environment to enjoy their activities.
About The Community Relations Department
The Community Relations Department was organized to help maintain a positive and engaging relationship with the citizens of Harris County. It contains a Community Service Division, Six (6) Storefronts, an Explorer Youth Program and a Crime Prevention Unit. The Harris County Sheriff’s Office Citizens Police Academy is offered through this department to the public, giving residents a working experience of the HCSO. Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D.) classes for women involving realistic self-defense tactics and scenarios are also offered. Our storefronts are open to the public, allowing citizens to approach us with all kinds of concerns, from reporting crimes to receiving car seat inspections. The Explorers Youth Program is designed to give young adults the opportunity to explore a career in law enforcement by working with Deputies of the HCSO. In addition, the Community Relations Department attends several local events to provide our citizens with helpful information and crime prevention tips. The Crime Prevention Unit is a sub-unit of the Community Relations Division. The Crime Prevention Unit provides crime deterrent services and programs to the citizens and businesses within Harris County.
The mission of the Community Relations Department is to connect and develop relationships with the public in order to build a stronger community that is prepared to face any challenges or circumstances by equipping the citizens with necessary knowledge and experience.