A Galveston Police Department captain was arrested Monday and charged with misdemeanor domestic violence and harassment, according to police records.

Capt. Pedro Alcocer, 58, turned himself in Monday morning at the Galveston County Jail, according to the Galveston County Sheriff’s Office.

Alcocer was charged with assault causing bodily injury/family violence and harassment, according to police records. An emergency protective order also was issued against him.

He was released on $5,000 bond soon after he was booked, according the sheriff’s office.

Charging documents detailing the incident around Alcocer’s arrest were not available Monday afternoon, according to the Galveston County District Attorney’s Office.

Galveston Police Chief Vernon Hale and a department spokeswoman did not immediately return phone calls Monday afternoon.

Alcocer was “involved in an off-duty disturbance regarding possible criminal conduct,” on Friday and a warrant for his arrest was issued on Saturday, according to a news release the city issued Monday evening.

Alcocer has been put on administrative leave without pay, pending the final disposition of the case, according to the police department.

The sheriff’s office will conduct the criminal investigation related to Alcocer’s arrest, Sheriff Henry Trochesset said. Trochesset said he was asked by the Galveston Police Department to conduct the investigation, in part because of Alcocer’s high rank within the city’s department.

Alcocer has worked for the police department since 1991. He was promoted to captain in 2019. He is perhaps most well known for being commander of the Galveston’s mounted patrol.

Alcocer is the sixth Galveston Police Department officer to be charged with a crime since 2017.

John Wayne Ferguson: 409-683-5226; or on Twitter @johnwferguson.


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(9) comments

Bailey Jones

Six officers charged with crimes seems like a lot. Aren't there just a couple of dozen officers on the force?

Donald Roccaforte

167 Sworn Officers. Of the previous 5 charged, some were acquitted.

Bailey Jones


Bailey Jones

I should have googled this info before I posted.

johnferguson Staff
John Wayne Ferguson

Hi Donald,

That's not accurate.

Officer Michael Andrews pleaded guilty to drug possession charges.

The charges against officers John Rutherford, Dion Watson and Justin Popovich haven't been disposed of yet. All three have jury trials set for this year, according to court records. And of course the charges against Alcocer were just filed.

I'm trying to find a record of what happened with Officer Eduardo Eguis, who was charged with a misdemeanor earlier this year. But there's no court record that I can find that says he was acquitted. But if the charges were dropped, I'll report that.

Susan Kingsley

To be fair, shouldn’t these facts have been included in the body of the article?

Donald Roccaforte

I would be happy to edit my comment if GCDN would provide me the ability to do so. Unfortunately that option is not available to me. It does appear that reporters are provided the ability to correct what they report. Could you inquire if GCDN would investigate the possibility of providing subscribers the ability to edit their comments? I thought that option used to exist in the system, but I can't seem to find any option to edit or delete comments once posted.

johnferguson Staff
John Wayne Ferguson

Hi Donald,

I can pass along the request. I don't remember a time that comments were editable, so I can't say for sure if it's possible or not. You're correct that reporters have the ability to edit, update and correct articles. But I actually don't have the power to edit my comments in this section either.

James Lippert

Knowledge of procedure seems to be lacking for certain Captains within local law enforcement. Captain Ray Nolen with Galveston County among others comes to mind.

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