Detective Noe Alvarado recognized as Investigator of the Month

Det. Alvarado with Lt. Menendez-Sierra

Law enforcement officers in Harris County responded with immediacy and special dedication on Jan. 23 when Precinct 5 Corporal Charles Galloway was shot and killed during a traffic stop.

The suspect was not in custody.

“Even worse,” Lt. Luis Menendez-Sierra said, “we had very little information to go on. . I contacted my squad and we all began to head to the scene. Upon arrival we quickly saw how devastating the damage caused by the suspect in this case had been. The constable’s vehicle was riddled with bullet holes.”

Menendez-Sierra described the response as “at team effort” with one detective’s work standing out as making a special difference.

“I would like to recognize Detective Noe Alvarado, who was assigned as the lead investigator in this case. I personally watched him work non-stop from the moment we were called to the moment the suspect was apprehended.

“The case eventually lead to an international manhunt where the suspect was apprehended in Mexico. Detective Alvarado maybe slept two to three hours that entire week and to see his determination to solve the case was a proud moment for not only our division but our department as a whole.

“I truly believe that his ability to coordinate all the different partners that were assisting is what led to the suspect’s capture. I can’t count the number of warrants, interviews and phone calls that were made but at the end of the day it was good old-fashioned police work that led to the suspect’s capture.

“The violent and dangerous suspect was a threat to not only police officers but our entire community. I am honored to supervise such an amazing team of investigators and especially Detective Alvarado for his dedication to solve the case and bring a cop killer to justice.”

HPOU recognized Alvarado as HPOU Investigator of the Month at the April 7 general membership meeting.