Meet Barry Curtis
Safety, Infrastructure and Education are keys to a great community and family.
These 3 foundations are at the core of the Curtis family with 3 generations in law enforcement serving their community.
His Grandfather served in law enforcement in the Dallas Police Department, his father served 20 years in the United Stated Military than 18 years in law enforcement. Barry’s Mom was an educator serving serving 35 years as a schoolteacher including 16 years in Houston ISD
Safety, Infrastructure and Education are keys to a great community and family. These 3 foundations are at the core of the Curtis family with 3 generations in law enforcement serving their community. His Grandfather served in law enforcement in the Dallas Police Department, his father served 20 years in the United Stated Military then 18 years in law enforcement. Barry’s Mom was an educator serving as a schoolteacher including 16 years in Houston ISD.
Barry Curtis has lived or worked in District J since 1977. He was born on an Air Force Base and later attended and graduated from Sharpstown High School located in District J. District J is where Barry and his wife of 28 years have raised their 3 kids as they all now attend college. While learning at University of Houston Barry worked in Westwood Mall at Sears unloading Semi-Trucks.
Focusing on keeping safety in District J, Barry recently retired from his 29 year Houston Police Department position to serve District J in Houston City Council. In 1989 Barry Curtis was selected to be a police cadet serving HPD. Once he completed the police academy Barry was sworn in as a probationary officer and assigned to the Westside Police Station where he trained in part of District J. After successfully passing his field training Barry was transferred to the Southwest Patrol Station (formerly known as the old Beechnut Police Station.)
January 1994 was a tragic time when Barry’s friend and partner was killed in the line of duty by a robbery suspect while serving with the Houston Police Department. Barry was selected to be a liaison to the family and committed to show support. “As a man of faith this role was challenging yet became a stepping stone for my future as a chaplain showing care for others.” For 10 years Barry enjoys educating his community and the next generation of leaders, he showed this by teaching the D.A.R.E. program (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) mentoring youth mainly in District J in the City of Houston from elementary and middle school aged school children. Most of the areas where he helped educate the youth were in Alief, Sharpstown and Gulfton areas in District J.
Barry Curtis was selected to the Command Center in 2004 at the Houston Police Department Headquarters. In 2006 he began building strong community relationships with local pastors, ministers, rabbi’s and faith leaders when he helped create the H.P.D. volunteer program called P.A.C.T. (Police And Clergy Team). Chief Hurtt believed in Barry’s commitment to his community therefore Barry became one of the creators of the non-profit called P.A.C.T. Still going strong 13 years later. P.A.C.T. is now called P.A.C.A. (Police and Clergy Alliance.) The goal of P.A.C.A. is to address crime and victims of crime in different areas throughout the City of Houston. Barry cares for his community therfore is trained and ordained as a Chaplain showing care to families in their time of need. P.A.C.A. is now the backbone of the new Peer Support Unit, not only helping victims of crime, but also helping officers cope with the continuous trauma they are exposed to with over 100 faith leaders as P.A.C.A. partners around the entire City of Houston including District J.
Barry served on a liaison team with H.P.D.speaking with businesses owners, principals and students at schools and non-profit organizations about crime prevention and personal safety learning more about the community of District J.
H.P.D Retirement to Serve District J
Barry retired from HPD after nearly 30 consistent years of dedication in law enforcement with the Houston Police Department to focus on his community and serve in another way. Barry and his family have lived or worked and enjoyed countless dinners in District J since 1977. Now he wants to earn the opportunity to continue to make District J the most diverse area of Houston and the safest District within The Houston City Council. Currently, there are 16 members, 11 elected from council districts and 5 at-large members. By making District J safe, Barry shares that “Security helps bring prosperity as businesses want to move into safe communities like District J.” Vote Barry Curtis on November 5, 2019 or earlier for District J on Houston City Council.