Recruitment! Recommitment! Retirees!

AAPOL President, DeAndre’ Hutchison, is a newly promoted Sergeant with the Houston Police Department (HPD). The past 8 years have been devoted to serving our community with the highest professional standards and excellence. DeAndre’ is temporarily assigned to Northeast Patrol Division where he supervises a squad of phenomenal officers. Throughout his career with HPD, President Hutchison has gone above and beyond the call of duty. In 2019 Sgt. Hutchison was awarded the Paul S. Wiedo Lifesaving Award.

DeAndre’ joined AAPOL out of academy class 214 (Motto: One Team! One Fight) and after being an active member for years, he decided to invest his talents, time, and leadership ability into the organization. In 2016, he was appointed as the Treasurer, where he was able to restructure the financial position of AAPOL and position them to take advantage of a booming economy. Hutchison also assisted with preparing the Financial Statements and Tax Returns for 2016-2018. In 2018 he was elected as AAPOL Vice-President were he continued to focus on helping members and assisted former President Eric Carr to move the organization forward.

In 2020 Hutchison was elected to the office of President where he plans to focus on the 3 R’s. Recruitment! Recommitment! & Retirees! AAPOL has laid out a plan to work with the Mayor of Houston, HPD’s Police Chief, and AAPOL Board members to improve HPD’s recruiting efforts. DeAndre’ plans to also focus on improving member benefits as well as communication so more members want to recommit their time, energy, and efforts back to the organization. Lastly, we have a wealth of information and resources in our retired member population. We will lay out a strategic plan to reengage our retirees so that their legacy will continue for decades to come.

DeAndre’ Hutchison has a B.A. degree in Accounting from University of North Texas (UNT) and a M.A. in Accounting – Tax from UNT as well. While at UNT during the Spring of 2007 DeAndre’ Hutchison was initiated into Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.  DeAndre’ is also a husband and father of two beautiful girls.

Deandre Hutchison
AAPOL President
C: 713.857.8634

Executive Director

AAPOL Executive Director, Eric Carr, is a 17 year Senior Police Officer with the Houston Police Department (HPD). The past 11 years have been devoted to criminal investigation. Eric is currently an Award winning Detective assigned to HPD’s Cyber & Financial Crimes Division where he specializes in ID theft & Elder Exploitations. He teaches courses to hundreds of police cadets and peace officers annually on how to investigate financial crimes and fraud prevention to citizens. Throughout his career with HPD, Executive Director Carr has gone above and beyond the call of duty. In 2009 Det. Carr transferred from Northeast patrol division to the Burglary and Theft division. Due to his hard work and determination, in 2011 he was awarded the HPD’s Investigator of the Year award and in 2018 he received the Fraud Fighter of the Year award by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiner Houston Chapter.

Eric joined AAPOL out of academy class 182 (Motto: Eph 6:16 Take up the Shield) and after being an inactive member for years, he decided to become active and invest his talents, time, and leadership ability into the organization. In 2015, he was elected as the Membership director where he helped increase the membership by signing up several new members and became an ambassador for AAPOL. In 2017 he was elected as AAPOL President where he continued to focus on helping members on and off duty, lobby legislation to improve officer benefits, and helping make AAPOL a 5 star organization that puts the members first. He enjoys supporting the mission of AAPOL while working to improve the relations between our community and the police.

Eric Carr has a B.S.  degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Houston (Downtown), M.A. from PVAMU. He holds several citizen and supervisor commendations for his professionalism and commitment to excellence, including back-to-back employee of the month awards. He is a member of the: Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, The National Financial Educators Council (NFEC), Board member for Texas Lt. Governor Law Enforcement Advisory (2017), and Parliamentarian for the Houston Police Officers’ Union (2018).

Eric Carr
Executive Director

Vice President

My name is Jeremy Lahar and I have been employed by the Houston Police Department for 8 years. I am currently working out of the Department’s Public Affairs Community Outreach Unit where I have been blessed with the opportunity to reach out and build positive relationships with citizens of all ages. It is an honor to be a part of such a historical organization within the Houston Police Department. I am excited for the opportunity to gain wisdom as your Vice President as well as work in a collaborative effort to advance and promote the mission of AAPOL. I look forward to continuing to assist the members of AAPOL in any way possible as well as aid in growing the relationships between AAPOL and the community we serve as Law Enforcement Officers. Please do not hesitate to contact me.  


Jeremy Lahar
AAPOL Vice President
C: 832.512.3558


My name is Briana Roberts and I have been employed by the Houston Police
Dept for nine years. I am currently assigned to the Houston Police
Department-Mounted Patrol Unit. I have been a member of AAPOL since I
was a cadet in the Academy. I always felt it was important to be a part
of this great organization. I am excited about helping our members and
assisting in the mission and expansion of AAPOL. I have always felt
inspired by the work that AAPOL is doing in the community. I am honored
to represent AAPOL and formally accept this new position as Executive

Briana Roberts
AAPOL Secretary


My name is Laura Lawrence and I have been employed by the Houston Police Department for 5 years. I am currently working out of the Houston Police Department Victim Services Unit. I have been blessed to assist victims involved in violent crime and help their families. I am looking forward to the opportunity to be the Treasurer while standing behind the mission of AAPOL. I look forward to gaining relationships with the members of AAPOL and working closely with the community.

I am a Dillard University graduate and I bring a wealth of knowledge to the position of treasurer. If I can be of assistance to you, please do not hesitate to reach out to me.


Laura Lawrence
AAPOL Treasurer
C: 713.927.2949

Membership Chair

My name is Brandon Love and I have had the esteemed pleasure to serve the City of Houston as a Houston Police Officer for the past 8 years. I currently hold the position as membership chair with AAPOL.

Throughout my tenure as membership chair, one of my main objectives is to bridge the gap between AAPOL and its colleagues. I am excited to garner new innovative ideas that will help increase membership, so all members are aware of the resources provided to them if needed.

Iron sharpens iron and I believe AAPOL is ready once again to make sure the organization and its members are in pristine shape to do so.

Please give me a ring for further inquiries.

Until then,

Brandon Love
AAPOL Membership Chair
C: 504.237.0628

Athletic Chairperson

I am Kendall Cobb—AAPOL Athletic Chairperson. I am committed to organizing events that will bring the community together through sports and fellowship.

My 26 years on the department has afforded me the opportunity to make many connections throughout the city. My goal is to use athletics to unite HPD with the citizens we serve.

Kendall Cobb
Athletic Chairperson

Entertainment Chairperson

Hello, my name is Detective Monica Fortson;

I have been with the department since 2011. During this time, I have been assigned to Traffic Enforcement Division- DWI Taskforce, Special Victims Division- CODIS Squad, Southeast Patrol, Southeast Community Service, and Special Victims Division- Adult Sex Crimes Unit, where I was also the education/training coordinator.

At the end of 2014 I became the Houston Police Explorers Advisor for post 8300 as well as Youth Liaison Officer for young people in the South Park/Sunnyside area. As of 2017 I am assigned to Special Victims Division- Crimes Against Children Unit; where I am the lead instructor over curriculum and development, investigate child sexual and physical abuse cases, as well as; train cadets, instruct a 3 day Intermediate Crimes Against Children licensing course, and am a point of contact for all officers needing assistance in calls for service involving child victims of physical/ sexual abuse. 

After my published co-authorship of “Fearless Faith” wrapped up, I started my own company in 2019. ReadySetGrw Group LLC, providing training to the community in the areas of sexual assault, current laws, trauma, and domestic violence. I am a member of the Houston Metropolitan Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. where I have been the keynote speaker for the chapter sponsored teen dating violence awareness talk in 2018 and 2019 as well as volunteered on our chapter debutante committee in 2018. In addition, I have been a key panelist in the discussion of law enforcement and community relations for the Houston Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.

Monica Fortson
Entertainment Chairperson

Grievance  Chairperson

My name is Jamie Byrd-Grant and I have been employed with the Houston Police Department for 10 years. I am currently assigned to the Office of Public Affairs under the leadership of Deputy Director Regina Woolfolk, where I serve as the Community Outreach Officer. I am stoked beyond measures to be afforded the opportunity to build meaningful relationships and everlasting bonds within the communities in which I serve as a proud Houston Police Officer.

With integrity, honor and pride I am humbly excited to serve as the Afro American Police Officer League Grievance Director. In this position I will work collaboratively with the grievance committee as well as the officer of interest. I will continue to carry out the mission of AAPOL while gaining knowledge and building trust among those in which I serve.

As your Grievance Director I would like to inspire you to BE ENCOURAGED!


Jamie Byrd-Grant

AAPOL Grievance Director

C: 281-660-4572


Sergeant At Arms

My name is Bruce Owdley,  I will be serving AAPOL as your Sgt. At Arms. My goal will be to ensure that our board and members are competent in parliamentary procedures. My personal goal will be to review and update our bylaws, constitution, and operating procedures to create a more efficient workflow for the organization moving forward.

Bruce Owdley
Sergeant At Arms