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TMPA Annual Conference Speaker

71st Annual TMPA Conference

June 1, 2020 Update: The TMPA Board of Directors has determined that it will not be possible to have the annual conference in late July/early August as we had planned. We are currently exploring options for having the conference in the fall. We will post that information as soon as it is available.

To see more about last year's conference click here .


HPOU President Joe Gamaldi was born and raised on Long Island, NY. Following high school he attended the University of Hartford, where he earned a degree in Criminal Justice, with minors in Political Science and Sociology. After graduation, Officer Gamaldi was hired by the NYPD in 2005 where he worked as an officer for approx. 3 years. He then transferred to the Houston Police Department in 2008 and graduated from Class #197.

Shortly after graduation from the academy, he completed his Masters Degree from Long Island University in Homeland Security Management. Officer Gamaldi then went on to serve as a Board Member of the HPOU, before being elected the Second Vice President serving in that capacity for 5 years before was elected President of the Houston Police Officer’s Union. Officer Gamaldi was elected National Vice President of the Fraternal Order of Police in August of 2019 in New Orleans. 

Within the HPOU Officer Gamaldi is the chair of the Labor Relations Committee, the Ways and Means committee, has served on the bargaining team for several contract negotiations, and served as lead negotiator for the most recent negotiations. He also founded the Safe Ride Home program and the Houston Officers Peer Assistance (HOPA) a stand alone non-profit dedicated to providing peer assistance to police officers, assisted in the creation of the HPOU mobile app and assists in running the social media platforms.



Timothy S. Whitcomb



A dynamic, powerful and emotional presentation regarding the reality of the incident rate of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder within the ranks of our Law Enforcement community. Emphasis is placed on the history of PTSD, with a specific focus on police suicide, as well as recommendations for administrative training to prepare, insulate, protect and treat the expected exposure to trauma.

Sheriff Whitcomb possesses a Masters degree in Counseling Education from St. Bonaventure University and is a certified police instructor in the areas of Interview and Interrogation, Basic and Advanced Juvenile Officer Training, the Investigation of Sex Crimes, and the Law Enforcement Response to School Violence. Sheriff Whitcomb is a graduate of the 206th Session of the FBI’s National Academy and his specialized training includes Crisis Negotiation with the Los Angeles Police Department, Death Scene Management with the FBI, and a Sex Offense Seminar with the New York State Police. He has also recently been certified as a SWAT Team fitness specialist.

Sheriff Whitcomb is an active instructor for NYSDCJS and a private consultant for educational seminars on Post traumatic Stress Disorder and Law Enforcement Suicide.

Captain Chris Hsiung



Your Story, Your Time: Elevating Your Social Media Presence in the Digital Age
Includes 4 hours of TCOLE credit

Social media has leveled the playing field for law enforcement agencies to re-take control of the narrative of who they are, why they serve, and what they do. But being able to engage with your digital audience goes beyond just posting information about your agency – you must find ways to engage, converse, and connect. Law enforcement must also strike the balance of being relatable but also professional at the same time. But how do you do that, and more importantly, why should you do it? The task of tackling your digital presence cannot just fall to anyone. Agencies must learn who can become their “voice” online, how that personality translates into real-life experiences, and most importantly, why that matters in an age when the world turns to the Internet first for stories, news, and more. Furthermore, off duty conduct online will also be discussed, learning the good, the bad, and the ugly and how everything we do online can help or hurt our profession.

With extensive experience from over 30 years in law enforcement, Chris is part of the Mountain View Police Department executive team and currently serves as the Deputy Police Chief, managing day to day operations and leading efforts in leadership development, succession planning, and maintaining MVPD’s role as a progressive law enforcement organization in the 21st century. His tenure in the department has given him considerable experience in investigations, SWAT/tactical operations, technology and crisis management.

Chris is passionate about helping government and communities connect and engage with each other. He is a digital media influencer, conference speaker, and innovator on the topic of government social media, crisis communications, community engagement, and digital strategy. In April 2017 Government Technology Magazine honored him as a "Top 25 Doer, Dreamer, and Driver" and Government Social Media awarded him the" 2017 GSMCON Top Social Media Advocate in Government." In the latter half of 2017 Chris was included in ELGL's 2017 Top 10 List of Government Influencers. 

Chris has been serving the Mountain View community for over 25 years and has held a variety of assignments within MVPD. These include detective assignments in Property Crimes, Person Crimes, and High Tech Crimes as well as 13 years on the department SWAT team as an assault member, rappel master, sniper, and tactical commander. He is a graduate of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government Senior Executives in State and Local Government program and has a master’s degree in eBusiness Management from Notre Dame de Namur in Belmont,  CA. Chris volunteers his time on multiple boards, including his role as president on the Government Social Media Organization, committee member on IACP's Professional Standards, Ethics, and Image Committee, IACP PIO Section West Coast vice-chair, board member for the Peninsula Conflict Resolution Center, and as a commissioner for the City of San Mateo Community Relations Commission. You can follow him on Twitter: @chMtnViewPD or connect on LinkedIn.


TMPA awards annual scholarships to the dependents of parents or legal guardians who are active TMPA members. The deadline for applicant submissions is June 30. A committee appointed by the president at the annual TMPA Summer Conference will award scholarships. All applications are submitted to the Selection Committee anonymously to guarantee fairness. For assistance with your application or for more information please contact us.

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