Vice President of HPOU, SPO Ken Nealy

HPOU’s Nealy with Retired Chief Finner

The HPOU is proud to announce that Vice President, Senior Police Officer Ken Nealy was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Houston Police Department during the 2024 Police Week Ceremonies. Ken Nealy has served as an active Houston Police Union Board Member for eight years; he advocates for officers’ rights and supports officers’ families in time of need. In his current role as Vice President, he continues to exemplify leadership and selflessness in his union roles, responding to officer-involved critical incidents, and addressing union and policy concerns.

Senior Police Officer Ken Nealy has dedicated over 28 years of service to the Houston Police Department, showcasing leadership and commitment in various roles. Ken Nealy started his career as a Patrol Officer in 1996, he then became a Field Training Officer, and Training Evaluator, where he was identified by his exceptional work ethic. Ken Nealy’s expertise led him to the Tactical Unit before joining the Robbery Division in 2007. In the Robbery Division, where he is currently assigned, he has excelled as an investigator and has volunteered for over 600 robbery callouts. Ken Nealy has played a pivotal role in establishing the Violent Offender Squad in collaboration with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF), which has led to significant successes in apprehending serial robbery suspects. In addition to his role as an investigator, Ken Nealy has served as a lead Hostage Negotiator for over two decades and has responded to over 500 callouts with compassion and humility, often during holidays and late nights. His approach as a Hostage Negotiator has led to several positive outcomes in many critical incidents.

Senior Police Officer Ken Nealy’s commitment to community service is evident through his involvement in fundraising for Leukemia and Lymphoma research, coordinating home repairs for elderly residents, and organizing Christmas gifts for local families in need. His dedication, selflessness, and mentorship reflect highly on himself and inspire those around him, which made him deserving of the 2024 Lifetime Achievement Award.


Published June 10, 2024

Author Shannon Barker, Editor