Message from Sheriff Ed Gonzalez – Pride of Texas

On Tuesday, we welcomed 54 new deputies to our Sheriff’s Office family. The graduation ceremony – and each cadet’s pledge to our sacred oath of office – was the culmination of resilience, teamwork, and a passion to serve others.

Our academy training lays the foundation for a deputy’s entire law enforcement career. It equips them with the knowledge, tools, skills, and mindset to carry out our mission and core values.

During their journey, cadets engaged in 1,172 hours of curriculum, ranging from classroom instruction and firearms training to simulations and emergency vehicle operations. The training topics included critical crisis intervention, de-escalation techniques, tactical communications, and the Texas Penal Code.
The camaraderie built over the past 31 weeks will last a lifetime. For many, this bond started on day one. Cadets shared personal stories about what led them to the academy – and what motivated them to keep going.

When one cadet recognized he was struggling with the physical fitness training, he took on the challenge and leaned on a deputy to keep him accountable. The pair met on the weekends to train and build his endurance.

For Deputy Instructor Arispe, the most rewarding aspect of the job is the satisfaction she receives from comparing the cadets she met on the first class day to the ones we saw before us on Tuesday evening.

Each one of our newest deputies pursued this profession for a noble reason. They just took different paths to earn the Pride of Texas patch.

Some dreamed of becoming a police officer since they were a kid. Some followed the footsteps of a family member who wore the same uniform. Some served in the military and saw this as the next chapter in their service to our community. Others may have looked at it as a place to help others.

Deputy Kirksey, who served our country in the U.S. Air Force for six years, and is still serving as a reservist, was on the journey to become a peace officer for nearly a decade. Many times, he found himself starting the cadet application process and putting his dream on hold after receiving a deployment assignment. But the new deputy never lost sight of his calling.

Another new deputy said he will never forget the joy he felt at a local toy drive hosted by a police department. He knows being a good peace officer is more than patrolling a neighborhood – it’s investing in the communities you serve; it’s lending a hand to those in need.

We are also inspired by the story of Deputy Nylander who was motivated to serve after witnessing a grueling civil war in his native hometown of Sierra Leone in West Africa. He saw the heroic actions and sacrifices made by those in uniform first-hand.

The class motto is “Respect All, Fear None.” It means embracing people’s differences and perspectives. It means having an open mind and striving to learn from others. We cannot think of a more fitting motto in this pivotal moment.

At the podium on Tuesday, I challenged them to handle each call and assignment with pride. Even on what may be their most difficult days, they must have a servant leader’s heart.

We hope this sentiment about who they are and the difference they can make follows them every shift of their career. They are now preparing to enter field training. Today they are meeting faith-based leaders and learning more about the diverse communities in our county. It’s another crucial step to ensure we’re doing all we can to best serve you.

We are proud of them and wish them well. They are the Pride of Texas.

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Message from Sheriff Ed Gonzalez – Loving Our Neighbors

On Tuesday, our Sheriff’s Office teammates joined community and faith leaders and Deputy Sandeep Singh Dhaliwal’s family to honor his selfless service with the official renaming of a local post office in his name.

The U.S. Post Office at 315 Addicks Howells Road in west Harris County will now carry on our brother’s memory for generations to come. Future Houstonians will learn about Deputy Dhaliwal’s legacy of kindness and acceptance. And they will learn about his ability to inspire everyone he met to love their neighbor unconditionally.
Harris County residents from all walks of life spoke of his special connection with the people in his district, as well as his deep commitment to a life of service and his faith.

It’s fitting that this historical commemoration happened on the same day as National Night Out – an evening dedicated to getting to know one another and strengthening our community bonds.

It gives peace officers another avenue to interact with our community beyond calls for service and traffic stops. We want to bring people together and push our neighborhoods forward through positive relationships and open communication.

We saw deputies throwing frisbees, spinning kids on a merry-go-round at a playground, kicking a soccer ball around, and giving out fist bumps. We saw them laughing, eating, and having fun with families across our county. We saw them giving tours of high-water rescue vehicles and tactical support equipment. A strong reminder that we’re all part of the same community. And that we all want to improve public safety and make our blocks and neighborhoods better places to live.

We hope that this week sparked that momentum to help our residents realize there is an opportunity to come closer.

Faith and Blue Weekend

Starting today, law enforcement, communities, and faith-based groups come together for National Faith and Blue Weekend.

Faith and Blue Weekend, held Oct. 8-11, offers a unique way to reinforce connections between our deputies and the communities that they serve.

These connections are strengthened through community dialogues, gatherings, and activities held across our region. And they are jointly hosted by houses of worship and local law enforcement agencies.

For more information about the mission of Faith and Blue, and to find an event happening near you this weekend, click here.

Coloring Pages

We also created a fun coloring sheet for you and your family to enjoy together in honor of Faith and Blue Weekend.

Color With Us

Send us your artwork! Click the link above to download your coloring page.

You can tag us on social media, post your artwork in the comments, or email our Community Engagement Division.

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Message from Sheriff Ed Gonzalez – Partnering To Prevent Crime

Crime Prevention Month recognizes the role each of us plays in promoting safety awareness and neighborhood unity. It reminds us of our collective power – and responsibility – to make an impact in our neighborhoods and the lives of our neighbors.

Crime prevention is most effective when residents, public safety agencies, businesses, houses of worship, and schools work together in partnership. Our patrol leaders and deputies must establish relationships with the neighbors that make up the community they serve and increase trust daily to inspire positive change.

On Tuesday, we look forward to getting out once again and safely interacting with residents across the county during this year’s National Night Out festivities. This tradition is an evening the Sheriff’s Office looks forward to every year. Let’s build on the spirit of community and collaboration that this day brings. And let’s carry on its true meaning – coming together as neighbors, as a community – year-round.

Crime Prevention Tips and Resources

The National Crime Prevention Council and local law enforcement agencies join forces every year to spread the word about personal safety and crime prevention resources. One of the most important aspects of crime prevention is increasing our awareness of our surroundings. When it comes to knowing our own neighborhood the best, we are the experts.

  • Stay active in your community. Join your homeowner association or Neighborhood Watch Program.
  • Be aware of the crimes being reported in your area.
  • Sign up for Nextdoor, a social app that allows you to make online connections with your neighbors to exchange helpful information about your community. Follow our agency to become more aware of how we are supporting and serving you daily. You will receive breaking news updates, missing persons and wanted suspects alerts, crime prevention resources, and invitations to virtual community forums.
  • Keep your doors and garages locked. Protect windows and sliding glass doors with good locks or other security measures.
  • The Sheriff’s Office offers an added sense of security when you go out of town through its Vacation Watch Program.
  • Work out a buddy system with a neighbor to check on each other regularly.
  • Park in well-lit, busy areas. Have your car or house key in hand as you approach your home or vehicle.
  • Hide valuables in your car or remove them completely from your car.

National Crime Prevention Council’s McGruff the Crime Dog

See Something, Say Something

Crime prevention starts with you. Take precautions to reduce your vulnerability to certain crimes, including theft, fraud, and property crime.

See something, say something. We need everyone to be involved and energized in their efforts to protect themselves, their family, and their property.

Contact Us

Looking for more crime prevention tips and resources? Call us.

Harris County Sheriff’s Office Community Engagement Division: 346-286-3125

We hope to see you and your family in your neighborhood for a night of fun at National Night Out!

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Message from Sheriff Ed Gonzalez – Partners in Recovery

We recently launched a pilot Recovery Support Peer Specialist Training Program in the Harris County Jail. On Tuesday, we presented certificates of completion to our first ten participants. The graduates are now providing supervised hands-on support and guidance to others in their recovery journey.

This moment has been in the making for more than a year. We were able to implement this life-changing opportunity through partnerships and the support of the Office of the Governor.

Addiction has impacted countless lives. As public safety leaders, we must have a multi-faceted approach to reduce recidivism, and a crucial part of that approach is treatment and peer-to-peer coaching.

Dariel Newman, Director of Nursing, Health Services

“No one can walk with someone through life better than someone who has experienced it,” said Dariel Newman, Director of Nursing.

“And this was our vision for this program. We wanted to help people inside our facilities, not just with doing their time, but positioning them to come back to their communities with a new mindset and skills they didn’t have before.”

Participants demonstrated continuous courage and a strong desire to remain sober while lifting others in their recovery journey to make it to graduation.

They completed six hours of foundational training and 46 hours of interactive training with extensive role-playing and scenarios led by Darrel Sims, a recovery coach trainer.

His personal story of addiction and overcoming barriers serves as an inspiration to those who want to change.

Darrel Sims, Recovery Coach Trainer, K.E.Y.S. of Houston

“I was once in the same position as the people I serve today,” said Sims, who has dedicated himself to empowering others through mentorship and teaching resiliency. He referred to his work as a calling, adding, “Recovery is different for every individual, and we are here to help them find their unique path. It’s about being hands-on and person-centered.”

Empowering Others

Helen Harper-Davis, Substance Abuse Program Lead, and Substance Abuse Counselor

This pilot program is an invaluable tool in meeting the needs of those entrusted into our care and reducing recidivism. It’s designed to promote self-determination and healthy coping skills to reach personal wellness and navigate stressors.

“It’s not about telling someone how to live their life,” said Helen Harper-Davis, Substance Abuse Program Lead, and Substance Abuse Counselor. “It’s about guiding them to a different perspective by putting options on the table, sharing a vulnerable moment, and trying to get down to what is making them feel a certain way.”

We are proud to champion a collaborative initiative that makes life better for the person providing the support and the person receiving it.

Participants have started applying the knowledge, skills, and tactics they learned to fulfill 250-hours of real-life experience. Working with a newly formed cohort inside the county jail is one step closer to completing their certifications. Most importantly, they provide a sense of empathy and understanding that only comes from having experienced recovery. Their journey is just beginning.

“It’s easy for society to write us off because of a stigma or their biases,” said one of the program graduates. “And it’s easy for us to give up and accept these titles. But this has given us hope and purpose as we reenter society.”

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