Robert A. (Bob) Armbruster Retires from HPOU

A Houston Police Department legend retires from his role as an attorney with the Houston Police Officer Union. Mr. Armbruster started his HPD career as a cadet on August 23, 1971, after leaving the United States Marine Corps where his tour of duty included Camp Pendleton, California, Republic of Vietnam and Marine Barracks, Washington, D.C. He graduated as an Officer from Houston Police Cadet Class number 51 on December 10, 1971. He started his career at Southeast and Central Patrol Divisions and made Detective in 1982 in the Robbery Division. He then promoted to Sergeant March 17, 1984, where he stayed in Robbery. During his career he was also assigned at the old Park Place Station and the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) detail. Mr. Armbruster retired from the Houston Police Department in July of 1993 and got his law degree so he could continue to assist law enforcement officers. In his role as an attorney for the Houston Police Officer’s Union, he has helped officers for over 30 years. 103221

He served in Vietnam, served the City of Houston, served officers as their lawyer, and continues to serve his friends and most importantly his family. Service above self is compassion, humility, kindness, grace, but most importantly, service above self is love. Let us honor Mr. Armbruster for setting the highest example of selfless service and follow in his footsteps to make our community and county brighter, safer, and more hopeful. Mr. Armbruster plans to continue to represent officers in conflict cases, complete the cases currently assigned to him, continue to represent clients in probate matters, and volunteer his time at church. The City of Houston and the Houston Police Officer’s Union congratulates Robert A. (Bob) Armbruster on an outstanding career and extends best wishes in all his future endeavors. We thank you for your dedicated service of over 50 years to the Houston Police Department and the support of its officers.

Judy (wife), Bob, Mary Nan, & Dominique (son)


Published February 5, 2024

Author Shannon Barker, Editor