Every member of the Tomball Police department stood waiting outside their building Feb. 27, their badges glistening in the early morning sun.
They weren't preparing to respond to an emergency, rather they had gathered in preparation for the one time a year they could all be together – the annual inspection.
Inspecting them were the departments command staff of Chief Robert Hauck, Cpt. Rick Grassi, Cpt. Anthony Solomon and Cpt. Rickey Doerre, as well as other area law enforcement officials, business owners and community leaders.
"We do this for multiple reasons," Hauck said. First is the opportunity to show off the men and women of our department, the opportunity to allow us to get together with our public safety partners and members of the community and also the feeling of pride that all of us get being together as a whole, for this one time each year."
Hauck said that while the 47 sworn officers and 13 civilian employees were all together, the city received the help of the Harris County Pct. 4 and Montgomery County Pct. 5 Constable Offices, as well as the Harris County Sheriff's Office in patrolling the city.
"We are very grateful for our partners help, it's what allows us to do this inspection each year," he said.
Meanwhile several other officials, including other law enforcement members, talked to the officers, some jokingly trying to hire them away to work for their agencies.
"We have applications with us," Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia said to laughter. "Seriously though, this community is very lucky that it has such fine men and women of the Tomball Police Department and to have Chief Hauck as well."
Montgomery County Sheriff Tommy Gage said he was grateful his agency has received help from the Tomball Police Department in the past.
"When you all come across that creek to help us, we are so appreciative," he said.
Montgomery County Pct. 5 Chief Deputy David Wood agreed.
"I also live in Tomball, so I have a good view to see what a good job you all do," he said.
Tomball Superintendent John Neubauer said the department's continued partnership with the school district has been a key for school safety.
"It has been a great partnership," he said. "The Tomball Police Department is great and I just want to thank you for all that you do."
Greater Tomball Chamber of Commerce President Bruce Hillegeist said that the key to the department's success is the character of the men and women within the organization.
"You all look handsome in those uniforms," Hillegeist said. "But under those uniforms are what's really important, you all have huge hearts and we are blessed to have you all here."