Texas Peace Officers Association
It all began "in March [of] 1934, [when] black police officers in Houston laid the groundwork for the organization by hosting a ball to raise money for a burial fund. Black police officers from Galveston, San Antonio, and Beaumont attended the ball." After the event, the officers from the participating cities decided to make it "an annual affair" (Dulaney 2010).
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Fire and Police Commissioner Preston L. Anderson pins a badge on an officer at a ceremony held at the New Light Baptist Church. The man in the uniform with the white shirt, on the right, is Patrolman Otis Thomas, Sergeant—at—Arms for the Texas Negro Peace Officers Association (TNPOA), San Antonio Chapter.
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