Message from Sheriff Ed Gonzalez – Stay Safe and Enjoy the Summer Season

As we kick off the summer season, it’s crucial to prioritize safety, especially in and around water and on the roads. While the warm weather beckons us to enjoy swimming and outdoor activities, it also brings potential risks that we must be mindful of. This time of year, known as the ‘100 deadliest days of summer’ for teenagers, typically sees an increase in crashes and fatalities on the road. However, we can all contribute to a safer summer by taking simple precautions.

Drowning is a leading cause of accidental death, particularly among children, during the summer months. To ensure safety around water, it is vital to always supervise children in or near water. Assign a responsible adult to keep an eye on the pool at all times and never assume someone else is watching. It’s also important to ensure that everyone in your family knows how to swim, as swimming lessons significantly reduce the risk of drowning.

If you have a pool at home, installing a four-sided fence with a self-closing, self-latching gate can prevent unsupervised access by children. Inexperienced swimmers and young children should always wear life jackets, even in the pool. Avoiding alcohol when swimming or supervising swimmers is also essential, as alcohol and swimming can be a deadly mix. Additionally, learning CPR is crucial as it can make a critical difference in an emergency while waiting for professional help to arrive.

The period between Memorial Day and Labor Day is often called the ‘100 Deadliest Days’ for teenage drivers. During these months, the number of fatal car crashes involving teens increases significantly. Parents should establish clear driving rules to keep our teenagers safe on the roads, including restrictions on nighttime driving and the number of passengers allowed in the car.

Encourage your teen to put their phone away while driving, as texting or using a phone is one of the most dangerous distractions. Emphasize the importance of wearing seat belts at all times because seat belts save lives and reduce the risk of serious injury. It’s also crucial to stress the importance of following speed limits, as speeding is a significant factor in many teenage car crashes.

Have a conversation with your teens about the dangers of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and ensure they know they can call you for a ride if they find themselves in an unsafe driving situation.

By remaining vigilant and following these safety tips, we can help prevent tragedies and ensure a safe and enjoyable summer for everyone. Let’s make this summer memorable for all the right reasons by prioritizing safety in and out of the water and on the roads.

WATCH: Water Safety Tips

Sheriff Ed Gonzalez and the Harris County Sheriff’s Office are emphasizing the importance of water safety, especially in the San Jacinto River in east Harris County, where numerous drownings have occurred.

Deputy Bassett from the Marine Unit shares water safety tips for anyone swimming or boating in the river. It’s crucial to prioritize water safety at all times!

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CW39: Harris County Sheriff’s Office puts out call to recent high school grads to join their ranks

HOUSTON (KIAH) — When they take off their caps and gowns, a local law enforcement agency hopes they’ll don uniforms and badges.

The Harris County Sheriff’s Office is hosting a hiring event for recent high school graduates, and they’re advertising it on social media.

KHOU: ‘He should be here with us’ | Son of fallen Harris County deputy escorted to high school graduation

HOUSTON — The son of a fallen deputy was escorted during an important milestone Saturday. His blue family stood by his side during his high school graduation.

“Feels good,” said Nomar Gutierrez, a graduate of Klein Oak High School.

Graduating high school was a big achievement he had to do without his dad, who he lost a little over two years ago.

KHOU: Harris County jail brings in new team of drug-detecting dogs to cut down on illegal contraband

HOUSTON — A new team of drug-detecting dogs has joined daily efforts to crack down on narcotics and other items being smuggled into Harris County jail buildings.

The K9 unit was introduced in April to “provide additional protection against the infiltration of dangerous contrabands,” according to a Facebook post from the Harris County Sheriff’s Office.

HCSO Teammates of the Week

Harris County Sheriff’s Office Teammates of the Week: Sheriff Ed Gonzalez and the HCSO highlight exceptional teammates who serve others above and beyond their duties. We regularly receive positive emails, thank you notes, and phone calls from the community.

“I was held in jail recently for 64 days. I wanted to share how much I appreciated and adored Detention Officer Y. Scott. She was a bright light on my darkest days. She was so kind and truly made a difference in my life. I feel blessed that she was there while I was there. I will always remember her kindness,” said a Harris County resident.

Detention Officer Scott joined our agency in 2021 and works in the Harris County Jail.

“Deputy Joel Montemayor works the front desk of the Harris County Jail transfer center at 701 N. San Jacinto. My wife and I were there to bail our daughter out of jail, and we were terrified and lost when we arrived. Deputy Montemayor sensed this, calmed our nerves, and clarified what we needed to do. He offered to call us when our daughter was available to post bail, and he did. His caring assistance really helped us in our time of need. We wanted to take this time to recognize and thank him for his loving and calming approach.”

Deputy Montemayor joined our agency five years ago. He started his law enforcement career in 1994.

Begin Your Career at HCSO!

Are you interested in starting a career in law enforcement? The Harris County Sheriff’s Office invites you to our upcoming Career Fair that will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., on Saturday, June 8, at the HCSO Academy, located at 2316 Atascocita Road, Humble, TX 77396.

To be eligible for these positions, candidates must be 18 or older and have a high school diploma or an equivalent degree. This event is open to the public, and no prior experience is necessary!

For more information about career opportunities at HCSO, please visit or call 713-877-5250. We hope to see y’all there!

Congratulations Lt. Mike Nguyen

The Harris County Sheriff’s Office is proud to share that Lt. Mike Nguyen received this year’s Community Builder Award from Holland Masonic Lodge No. 1 for his significant contributions to our community throughout his public service career.

Lt. Nguyen is a Vietnamese-American immigrant and a 16-year veteran of HCSO. He has gone above and beyond for the community by organizing food drives and scholarship opportunities for underprivileged children.

Congratulations, Lt. Nguyen!

Congratulations Stepping Stones Graduates

Congratulations to the 12 women at the Women’s Empowerment Center (WEC) who have graduated from the Stepping Stones to Mental Wellness Program. This curriculum is part of the re-entry program aimed at helping women heal from trauma and past abuse. We would like to extend our gratitude to retired Federal Judge Vanessa D. Gilmore for being our guest speaker and sharing wisdom with the women.

Congratulations Nomar Gutierrez

Harris County Sheriff’s Office teammates had the honor of supporting Nomar Gutierrez, the son of HCSO fallen Sgt. Ramon Gutierrez, as he graduated from Klein Oak High School on Saturday, June 1, 2024.

Sgt. Gutierrez passed away on January 24, 2022, after a fatal collision while directing traffic. He was a 20-year veteran of our agency and spent the last thirteen years in our Vehicular Crimes Division. He is gone but never forgotten.

Congratulations Nomar! We wish you all the best in your future endeavors!

Farewell K9 Trey

We are sad to report the passing of our beloved Retired HCSO K9 Trey.

K9 Trey passed away on Tuesday, May 28, 2024, with his handler Sgt. Michael Boehm by his side.

K9 Trey was a dual-purpose Patrol/Narcotics canine named in honor of fallen Deputy Jesse “Trey” Valdez III, who was tragically killed in the line of duty in 2014.

K9 Trey faithfully served the residents of Harris County for seven years. During his career, he helped seize illegal narcotics and over $300,000 in currency and assisted in arresting numerous violent felons.

Sgt. Boehm and K9 Trey shared a unique bond. Trey’s retirement allowed him to enjoy a well-deserved rest, surrounded by the love and care of Sgt. Boehm and his family.

Trey served with unwavering loyalty and dedication. His presence will be sorely missed, and his memory will forever live on in the hearts of those privileged to work alongside him.

We extend our deepest condolences to Sgt. Boehm, his family, and those who worked with K9 Trey.

May you rest in peace, K9 Trey. Thank you for your service. We have the watch from here!

Recognizing National Gun Violence Awareness Month

Sheriff Ed Gonzalez and the Harris County Sheriff’s Office are honoring victims and survivors of gun violence on National Gun Violence Awareness Month. To help reduce gun violence, always secure your weapons. We provide free gun locks year-round. For information, contact the HCSO Community Engagement Division at 346-286-3125.

Be prepared for Hurricane Season

June marks the beginning of Hurricane Season. Don’t wait until a warning is issued and the stores are empty or closed. Click HERE for some tips. Prepare an emergency plan and ensure every family member knows what to do.

HCSO Celebrates Pride Month

The Harris County Sheriff’s Office is a diverse and inclusive agency that celebrates June as Pride Month.

HCSO Vacation Watch

Are you planning on traveling? We’ve got you covered! Our Vacation Watch Program offers added security when you’re away from home. Learn more about the service and sign up by clicking here.

Message from Sheriff Ed Gonzalez – Prioritizing Road Safety and Mental Health

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At the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, we recognize that mental health is a crucial component of overall wellness, impacting various aspects of life, from physical health to personal and professional relationships.

This is true, especially for our law enforcement teammates who face unique and challenging stressors in their daily duties. Good mental health also promotes social stability. It helps reduce crime, substance abuse, and homelessness. Here are some tips to help you prioritize your mental health:

  • Practice Self-Care: This could include exercise, hobbies, reading, or simply relaxing. Regular self-care helps reduce stress and improves mood.
  • Stay Connected: Maintain strong relationships with friends and family. Make time for regular in-person or virtual social interactions.
  • Set Boundaries: Establish clear boundaries to protect your time and energy. This includes saying no to overwhelming demands and taking breaks when needed.
  • Prioritize Sleep: Good sleep is vital for mental health. Aim for 7-9 hours of quality sleep each night. Create a relaxing bedtime routine, keep a consistent sleep schedule, and make your sleeping environment comfortable and free from distractions.
  • Stay Physically Active: Regular physical activity boosts mood and reduces anxiety and depression. Find an exercise routine you enjoy, whether walking, running, yoga, or any other activity that gets you moving.
  • Limit Screen Time and Social Media Use: Excessive screen time, particularly on social media, can contribute to anxiety, depression, and feelings of inadequacy. Set limits on your screen time and take regular breaks from digital devices.
  • Practice Gratitude: Regular gratitude practice can improve mental health by shifting focus from negative to positive aspects of life. Keep a gratitude journal, noting things you’re thankful for daily.

Remember, it’s okay to seek help and support when needed. Numerous resources are available to guide you on your journey to mental wellness. Mental Health Texas is a valuable resource for Texas residents seeking mental health and substance use services. A Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) service locator can help you find treatment facilities. You can visit their website at

Local Mental Health Authorities (LMHAs) and Community Mental Health Centers offer mental health services in communities throughout Texas. To locate your nearest LMHA, visit or call 2-1-1 Texas.

By prioritizing mental health, individuals and societies can achieve greater overall well-being. A mentally healthy society is more likely to be a safe one.

HCSO Launches DWI Initiative for Memorial Day Weekend

The Harris County Sheriff’s Office held a press conference ahead of Memorial Day to address the critical issue of impaired driving. Sheriff Ed Gonzalez acknowledged Memorial Day as a time to honor fallen service members and for family and community gatherings. However, the day can quickly turn tragic due to impaired driving.

Harris County has been ranked among the highest in the nation for traffic fatalities related to impairment. While this statistic is shocking, the sheriff’s office actively works to change it. Deputies will be in full force to identify and remove impaired drivers from the roads. We also urge the community to support these efforts by making responsible choices. Residents are encouraged to plan ahead if they intend to consume alcohol—alternatives such as designated drivers, ride-sharing services, or other transportation options are great ways to drink responsibly.

In addition to safety efforts, the press conference served as a reminder of the true spirit of Memorial Day. Sheriff Gonzalez encouraged the community to honor the memories of fallen service members by valuing the lives of their fellow community members. He urged everyone to commit to creating a safer Harris County where families can enjoy their time together without fear of tragedy. Loved ones of victims attended the press conference and shared impactful testimonials.

Sheriff’s message is clear. “If you drink, don’t drive, not only on this holiday but every day.”

WATCH: HCSO Launches Multi-Agency Partnership for DWI Initiative Ahead of Memorial Day Weekend

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KHOU11: Deputy’s family escapes before house burns to ground during deadly Harris County storms

HARRIS COUNTY, Texas — Marine and current Harris County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Agustine Arellano said that he was out in the community working to save lives when Thursday’s deadly storms rolled in.

ABC13: From downed transmission lines to uprooted trees, storms leave trail of damage in Houston

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — A severe storm with damaging winds, prompting tornado alerts, passed through Houston and surrounding areas late Thursday, leaving behind a trail of damage.

In west Harris County, ABC13’s cameras captured a couple of downed transmission lines at West and Fry Road.

Click2Houston: Is your new vehicle so soundproof it’s preventing you from hearing emergency vehicles?

HOUSTON – It’s no secret that Houstonians aren’t known to be the best drivers.

But how about this question – Do our driving habits on the road keep first responders from saving lives?

All drivers should know that when you see lights and hear sirens, you need to move over.

However, the reality is – we aren’t doing that.

HCSO Teammate of the Week

Harris County Sheriff’s Office Teammates of the Week: Sheriff Ed Gonzalez and the HCSO highlight exceptional teammates who serve others above and beyond their duties. We regularly receive positive emails, thank you notes, and phone calls from the community.

“On April 13, at about 6:15 p.m., my family was involved in a major crash on I-45 involving a wrong-way driver. Deputy De Leon went above and beyond to make sure that I was able to get to the hospital, following the transport of my husband, along with all of the necessities we had in our car at the time,” said a Harris County resident. ”Our family was incredibly grateful for him going above and beyond what typically happens in those scenarios so I could get to the emergency room quickly to check on my family. We truly appreciate the effort he took during a very scary situation.”

Deputy De Leon started his law enforcement career in 2011 and joined HCSO two years ago. He is a patrol deputy in District 1, north Harris County.

Congratulations to our Promoted Team members

Last Thursday, Sheriff Ed Gonzalez and the Harris County Sheriff’s Office hosted a promotions ceremony for 21 teammates.

Congratulations, and we wish them all the best!

Join our Upcoming Citizens’ Police Academy Class!

HCSO Citizens’ Police Academy Class Pre-registration is now open!

Are you interested in learning more about the role of law enforcement in your community? The Harris County Sheriff’s Office Community Engagement is offering six (6) separate 5-week Citizens’ Police Academy classes, and we invite you to pre-register to hold your place!

What is the Citizens’ Police Academy?

The Citizens’ Police Academy is a community outreach program designed to provide residents with an inside look at the operations of the HCSO. Participants will have the opportunity to learn about various aspects of law enforcement, including patrol procedures, criminal investigations, crisis intervention team, and more.

Why pre-register?

Pre-registering for the Citizens’ Police Academy classes ensures that you have a spot reserved for the class of your choice. Space is limited, so we encourage you to pre-register as soon as possible.

Click HERE to pre-register.

Benefits of Participating

By participating in the Citizens’ Police Academy, you gain a better understanding of the role of law enforcement in your community, and you engage with HCSO deputies and staff. This program is also an excellent way to meet fellow community members who share similar interests.

Don’t miss this chance to learn more about the Harris County Sheriff’s Office and the vital role they play in keeping our community safe. Pre-register today!

Congratulations on your Retirement Chief

Congratulations to Chief, the Harris County Sheriff’s Office Mounted Patrol pony, on his retirement! Chief has been serving for the past six years, bringing joy to the residents of Harris County.

Congratulations, and enjoy your well-deserved retirement!

Join us for HCSO vs. Filipino Community Basketball Tournament

Join us for the HCSO vs. Filipino Community Basketball game from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 1, at Filhoops, 7835 Wright Rd., Houston, TX 77041. Come cheer for your favorite team.

This event is free and open to everyone. Bring your friends and family!

Begin Your Career at HCSO!

Are you interested in starting a career in law enforcement? The Harris County Sheriff’s Office invites you to our upcoming Career Fair that will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., on Saturday, June 8, at the HCSO Academy, located at 2316 Atascocita Road, Humble, TX 77396.

To be eligible for these positions, candidates must be 18 or older and have a high school diploma or an equivalent degree. This event is open to the public, and no prior experience is necessary!

For more information about career opportunities at HCSO, please visit or call 713-877-5250. We hope to see y’all there!

Food Drive for Harris County Windstorm Victims

Hope City Church will provide free hot meals and supplies over the next few days. If you need food or supplies visit 5300 W. Sam Houston Parkway N.

Drive-through distribution:

  • 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, May 25.
  • 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday, May 27.

Seeking Disaster Assistance Information?

Whether it’s a natural disaster or unforeseen crisis, stay informed and stay ready. Familiarize yourself with the resources available to you so that you can navigate any emergency with confidence.

HCSO Receives National Recognition for Jail Training

The Police Executive Research Forum has acknowledged the Harris County Sheriff’s Office for implementing and standardizing Integrated Communication, Assessment, and Tactics (ICAT) training for its detention staff. HCSO is the nation’s first agency to implement ICAT training in the Harris County Jail. Thanks to PERF for the recognition!

The report features case studies from two agencies training detention personnel in ICAT: the sheriff’s offices in Harris County, Texas, and Santa Cruz County, California.

In January 2021, Sheriff Ed Gonzalez and HCSO started an agency-wide training in ICAT to have a positive impact when we respond to mental health calls in the field and in our jails.

Visit to read the publication.

Bidding Farewell to our K9 Bram

HCSO K9 Bram crossed the rainbow bridge today with his family and handler Deputy James Love at his side.

K9 Bram was a dual-purpose explosive detection and criminal apprehension canine that served the residents of Harris County for eight years. During that time, Bram made a significant impact on the community, conducting a multitude of bomb sweeps at public infrastructure and events such as Super Bowl LI and the MLB World Series.

In addition, K9 Bram assisted in the apprehension of multiple violent felony suspects during his career.

Bram, you will be missed. Rest easy!

Message from Sheriff Ed Gonzalez – Appreciating our Heroes and Encouraging Safety

Meteorologists are forecasting an above-average hurricane season this year, expecting 20-25 named storms, including 8-12 hurricanes and 4-7 major hurricanes across the Atlantic basin. Hurricanes are among nature’s most powerful and destructive phenomena, posing significant threats to life and property. In addition to high winds and heavy rains, hurricanes and tropical storms can spawn tornadoes, create storm surges along the coast, and cause inland flooding, leading to power outages and utility disruptions.

Preparation is key to staying safe during a hurricane. This year’s hurricane season is set to extend from June 1 through November 30. Knowing what actions to take before, during, and after a hurricane can increase your chances of survival and minimize damage to your property. The best time to prepare is before the season begins.

Start by creating a family emergency plan and reviewing it with every household member. Check your disaster supply kit, ensuring you have enough supplies for each family member, including pets. Review your insurance policies and safeguard important documents in a waterproof container. Familiarize yourself with evacuation routes and have a plan in place if necessary. Take steps to prepare your home, such as boarding windows and securing outdoor items, and ensure your vehicles and generators are fueled.

Additionally, put together a go-bag for yourself with essential supplies. Here’s a checklist to help you get started:

  • Water and food: At least a 3-day supply
  • First aid kit
  • Medications
  • Change of clothes (including uniform and boots)
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Cell phone chargers
  • Raingear
  • Personal hygiene items and sanitation supplies
  • Always prioritize your safety and the safety of those around you by following the guidance of local officials and evacuating if instructed to do so. Stay safe, Harris County!

WATCH: Flood Safety Tips

Celebrating National Corrections Week

In honor of National Corrections Week, the Harris County Sheriff’s Office organized a special Employee Appreciation Lunch, honoring the dedication and hard work of our detention officers and other teammates.

Sheriff Ed Gonzalez joined the command staff in serving meals to our corrections teammates, acknowledging their tireless efforts and sacrifices made by our frontline personnel. HCSO also welcomed several vendors who came out to express their gratitude for our corrections teammates. This shows the crucial role they play in maintaining safety in our jails.

In addition to enjoying a delicious meal served by the command staff, attendees had the opportunity to unwind with a free massage onsite. This provided much-needed relaxation for our hardworking teammates, recognizing the demanding nature of their roles and the significance of self-care.

To all our dedicated corrections teammates: Your commitment and dedication do not go unnoticed. You are the backbone of our corrections system, and we deeply appreciate your service and sacrifice. Thank you for everything you do to safeguard our community.

HCSO In The News

Click2Houston: How Harris County Deputy John Coddou’s wife honored her husband at his funeral

HARRIS COUNTY – Harris County Deputy John Coddou’s wife talked about her husband with laughter and tears at his funeral Wednesday.

We were going to write a story about how Kathleen Coddou honored her husband, but we thought you might like to hear or read her words — all of them.

CNN rode along with sheriff’s office to witness rescue of people amid floods

CNN’s Rosa Flores reports on the floods in Harris County, Texas, where at least 224 people have been rescued from homes and vehicles, according to officials

East Aldine: Traffic safety liaison speaks from shocking experience

Tess Rowland’s journey to becoming the Community Traffic Safety Initiatives Liaison for the Harris County Sheriff’s Office is not just a career move; it’s a testament to her unwavering dedication to making roads safer for everyone.

HCSO Teammates of the Week

Harris County Sheriff’s Office Teammates of the Week: Sheriff Ed Gonzalez and the HCSO highlight exceptional teammates who serve others above and beyond their duties. We regularly receive positive emails, thank you notes, and phone calls from the community.

“Officer Gallo pulled me over for a minor traffic law violation on 3/27/24. In the hand full of times, I have been pulled over in the past 50 years of operating motor vehicles, I have always felt like I was being treated as a “GUILTY” criminal the moment the officer addressed me with why I was pulled over, whether I was issued a citation or not. From the moment he approached and addressed me till we parted, he treated me with respect and professionalism with an attitude that WAS NOT judgmental or antagonizing,” said a Harris County resident.

“He informed me of my infraction of the law with a reminder to be more careful and attentive to obeying our traffic laws in a way that actually made me want to not make the same mistake again in the future. My thanks to him for that, as it felt good to come away from this encounter knowing there are still some people who are in the tough and dangerous public servant duty career who still can treat an obvious non-threatening person in a respectful way and still do their duty and get their point across.”

Deputy Gallo started his law enforcement career in the Hedwig Village Police Department in 2000. He joined HCSO in 2013 and is currently assigned to District 4 Patrol in West Harris County.

“I am a 61-year-old man without a criminal history, and on March 2, 2024, I wound up in Harris County Jail. My reason for being jailed is of no importance here. However, my experience in jail is notable. While being processed, one man stood out to me and, surely, everyone else in the pretrial services waiting room. That man is Detention Officer Lee. His presence in that room was huge. Having spent about 12 hours watching Officer Lee, he commanded respect, not by intimidation but with genuine dignity, humor, and care. He garnered respect from the nearly 200 individuals cramped up in the waiting area, and a couple of times that trouble presented itself, Officer Lee promptly diffused the situation with humor or presented some “street logic,” said a Harris County resident. “I learned that some of these officers were working 16-hour shifts and was amazed by his energy for the entire shift. I and many others are grateful for this man’s character and understanding of his brothers and sisters’ plight during his watch.”

Detention Officer Rodney Lee Jr. joined our agency in September 2023 and is currently working in the Joint Processing Center.

Shred-It Event

Safeguard your identity and protect yourself from identity theft! Join us and AARP for a FREE community paper-shredding event hosted by the Harris County Sheriff’s Office.

The event will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 18, at East Aldine Management District, located at 2909 E. Aldine Amphitheatre Dr., Houston, Texas 77039.

Dispose of confidential documents safely and learn valuable tips on identity protection. The event is open to all, regardless of AARP membership.

RSVP is required at or by calling 1-877-926-8300.

HCSO to the Rescue!

Sheriff Ed Gonzalez and other teammates from the Harris County Sheriff’s Office conducted water rescues in North and East Harris County.

The unwavering commitment of law enforcement to serve and protect all members of the community is truly admirable!

Celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Sheriff Ed Gonzalez and the Harris County Sheriff’s Office honor the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities who have enriched our nation with their culture. Let’s celebrate and recognize their contributions!

Harris County Jury Duty Scams Awareness

In honor of Jury Appreciation Week, Major Saul Suarez from the Harris County Sheriff’s Office joined Harris County District Clerk Marilyn Burgress at a press conference to raise awareness about jury duty scams in Harris County.

If you believe you’re a victim of this scam, call 713-221-6000. Remember, the HCSO will never contact you by phone for missing Jury Duty.

Honoring Our Heroes

Join the Harris County Sheriff’s Office at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 18, 2024, for an event presented by Kroger to honor local first responders. The event will occur at Kroger Marketplace, at 2700 West Grand Parkway N, Katy, Texas, 77449.

All customers, family, and friends are welcome. Military and first responders will be eligible for recognition and giveaways. Activities include food trucks, car shows, career opportunities, food sampling, and much more. See you there!

HCSO Citizens’ Police Academy Class for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

The HCSO Citizens’ Police Academy Class #58 for the Deaf community were fortunate to have a variety of guest speakers share their expertise. This marks the second HCSO CPA Class for this community, and their enthusiasm is notable. Currently, there are 16 participants enrolled in the class, set to graduate next week on Wednesday, May 15.

Our own 911 Administrative Coordinator Tim Staten, presented on emergency communication, while Stephanie Haechten from the City of Houston Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities also contributed by sharing beneficial resources. Deputy Investigator Dean Tinnin delivered an informative presentation about Crime Scene Unit operations and Sgt. Jose Gomez from the Behavioral Health Unit led an engaging and interactive discussion about the importance of mental health.

Participants actively engaged in Multiple Interactive Learning Objective (MILO) scenarios and mock traffic stops, gaining valuable insights. We extend our thanks to Baker Ripley House for hosting and Starbucks for providing refreshments.

Message from Sheriff Ed Gonzalez – Bravery Beyond the Badge: Celebrating Courage at the Commendations Ceremony

Message from Sheriff Ed Gonzalez:

The Harris County Sheriff’s Office Commendations Ceremony held on April 2, was a profound moment honoring the dedication and bravery of our deputies, detention officers, and teammates. Held at the Second Baptist Church, it served as a platform to honor the outstanding achievements of 51 recipients, showcasing exceptional bravery and exemplary police work.

The awards presented symbolize our appreciation for the sacrifices made each day in service to Harris County. Behind each award was a story of fearlessness, compassion, and a commitment to the greater good, reminding us of our profound impact when we come together with a shared purpose.

We also extend our heartfelt gratitude to their families and loved ones. We recognize the significant sacrifices made by those who support our law enforcement officers, and we thank them for sharing their loved ones with us.

WATCH: HCSO Commendations Ceremony (April 2024)

Shedding Light on Sexual Assault: National Awareness and Prevention Month

April marks an important time for raising awareness about sexual assault, a critical issue that affects communities worldwide. As we observe Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month, it is important to recognize the significance of this cause and the role each of us plays in preventing and addressing sexual violence.

The Harris County Sheriff’s Office acknowledges the prevalence of sexual violence and works towards creating a culture of respect and accountability. In the United States alone, one in five women has experienced completed or attempted rape during their lifetime, while nearly a quarter of men have faced some form of contact sexual violence. Shockingly, 81% of women and 43% of men nationwide have reported experiencing sexual harassment and assault at some point in their lives.

Reporting sexual assault can be a challenging and emotional process, but it is an important step towards seeking justice and accessing support. Here are some things to keep in mind to help you report this vicious crime.

Remember to prioritize self-care throughout the reporting process. When reporting sexual assault, it is important to familiarize yourself with the options available. Examples can be filing a report with law enforcement, contacting a crisis center, or seeking support from a counselor or therapist. If possible, you’re also encouraged to contact a trusted friend, family member, or advocate who can offer emotional support and accompany you through the reporting process.

Sexual assault is a deeply concerning societal issue that impacts individuals of all ages. One in three female victims experienced it for the first time between the ages of 11 and 17. Similarly, about one in four male victims first faced it during their teenage years. These statistics highlight the importance of creating a culture of respect and accountability while providing unwavering support to survivors.

Our Victim Assistance Unit works collaboratively with our partners to help victims. If you or anyone you know needs assistance, we can be reached at 713-274-9369.

WATCH: Car Seat Safety

Car crashes are a leading cause of death for children. Sheriff Ed Gonzalez and HCSO want to ensure every child is appropriately restrained in a vehicle. We have experts who provide education and resources to help parents choose the right car seat. To make an appointment, call 346-286-3027.

HCSO In The News

FOX: Harris County raids chop shops in auto theft crackdown linked to cartel.

HARRIS COUNTY, Texas – Harris County authorities conducted a series of raids on suspected auto theft operations across three locations, aided by the SWAT team. The focus of the raids was on sites believed to be involved in dismantling stolen vehicles for parts, commonly known as chop shops.

ABC 13: Man arrested in connection to store clerk’s death weeks after alleged attack in NW Harris Co.: HCSO

HARRIS COUNTY, Texas (KTRK) — A suspect has been arrested in connection to the death of a 65-year-old store clerk who was allegedly attacked and died weeks later, according to the Harris County Sheriff’s Office.

Building Bridges: HCSO and Dick’s House of Sport Host Impactful Youth Camp in Katy Building Bridges: HCSO and Dick’s House of Sport Host Impactful Youth Camp in Katy

In a collaborative initiative that aimed to foster healthy relationships between the youth and law enforcement, the Harris County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) Police Athletic Activities League and Dick’s House of Sport in Katy hosted a two-day Youth Camp from March 11 to 12, 2024.

HCSO Teammates of the Week

Harris County Sheriff’s Office Teammates of the Week: Sheriff Ed Gonzalez and the HCSO highlight exceptional teammates who serve others above and beyond their duties. We regularly receive positive emails, thank you notes, and phone calls from the community.

“I am writing to express my sincere gratitude and appreciation for the exceptional assistance provided by Officer Brown during my recent visit to the Harris County Sheriff’s Detention Center. I needed assistance making a missing person’s report, and Officer Brown went above and beyond to ensure I received the help I needed. He promptly called intake on my behalf, provided me with valuable information regarding the locations of substations, and patiently walked me through the process of filing my report,” said a Harris County resident. “What stood out to me most about him was his exceptional professionalism, patience, and kindness. His willingness to assist and his dedication to ensuring my needs were met, made for a truly wonderful experience. I want to extend my heartfelt thanks to Officer Brown for his outstanding service. His commitment to excellence reflects positively on the HCSO, and I am grateful for the exemplary care and assistance he provided.”

Deputy Brown joined HCSO six years ago. He started his law enforcement career with the Galveston County Sheriff’s Office 13 years ago. Deputy Brown is currently assigned to the 1200 Criminal Investigations and Securities Division.

“I am writing to express my heartfelt gratitude and admiration for Deputy Rodriguez’s outstanding assistance during a recent encounter. Last night, I found myself in need of filing a missing person report and had the privilege of speaking with Deputy Rodriguez. From the moment our interaction began, he exemplified the highest standards of professionalism, attentiveness, and genuine care. His unwavering attention to detail ensured that every aspect of the report was thoroughly addressed. His friendly demeanor and approachability made the process seamless despite the potentially stressful nature of the situation,” said a Harris County resident.

“I was particularly impressed by his willingness to patiently answer all of my questions and his commitment to ensuring that my concerns were addressed with the utmost care and respect. His professionalism, compassion, and dedication reflect positively on HCSO, and I am grateful for the invaluable assistance he provided. Again, thank you for the outstanding service, and please convey my heartfelt appreciation to Deputy Rodriguez for his exceptional care and assistance.”

Deputy Rodriguez started his law enforcement career in 2018 and joined HCSO in 2022. He’s a contract deputy assigned to the Oakwood Glen neighborhood in northwest Harris County.

Congratulations to Our New Lateral Deputies

Join Sheriff Ed Gonzalez and the Harris County Sheriff’s Office in congratulating our new lateral deputies on their hard-earned graduation. Welcome to the team!

If you are looking for a rewarding career, visit or call 713-877-5250.

National Child Abuse Prevention Month

HCSO’s Child Abuse Unit, along with Sheriff Ed Gonzalez, partnered with The Children’s Assessment Center, Harris County Resources for Children and Adults, and others to raise awareness about child abuse during National Child Abuse Prevention Month.

We rely on our community to protect our children:

  • If you see something, say something.
  • Learn how to recognize and report child abuse.
  • Talk to your children.
  • Spread the message. Tell your neighbors and loved ones how they can do their part to keep our children safe.

If you’re concerned about a child, call 713-221-6000 or Crime Stoppers of Houston at 713-222-TIPS. Let’s join hands to combat child abuse and work towards offering our children a brighter future.

Distracted Driving Awareness Month: Heads Up, Phones Down

Sheriff Ed Gonzalez and the Harris County Sheriff’s Office joined AAA Auto Club Enterprises at a press conference to raise awareness about road safety.

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, a time for us to reflect, educate, and take action against this preventable threat to our roadways.

Harris County Peace Officers’ Memorial Service

The Harris County Peace Officers’ Memorial Service: Join Sheriff Ed Gonzalez and HCSO on Thursday, May 2, at 6 p.m. at Crime Stoppers of Houston to honor and remember our fallen heroes — gone but never forgotten.

To learn more about our fallen heroes, please visit

Congratulating Admin Awards Nominees

The HCSO attended the 2024 Admin Awards ceremony, where three of our colleagues were nominated. HCSO Executive Assistant Corie Ortiz, Elda McKenzie, and Brandi Wisniewski were thrilled to be part of the nominations.

We congratulate all the nominees for their unwavering dedication to serving our community. Well done!

Salute to Major Joseph Blendermann!

Congratulations to the recently promoted Major Joseph Blendermann! He will be leading the Detention Management Bureau of the HCSO Jail. During his 34-plus years with the agency, Major Blendermann has played a pivotal role in many agency programs and initiatives.

Celebrating Citizen’s Police Academy Graduation #57

The graduation of the Spanish-language Citizen’s Police Academy Class #57 was held at the Consulate General of Mexico in Houston last week. Many thanks to the Consulate General of Mexico in Houston for allowing us to hold the class in their facilities and for all the support to empower our community.

Registration is now open for the HCSO Citizens’ Police Academy for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community! The class will take place every Thursday from April 18 to May 16, 2024, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at BakerRipley Navigation, 4410 Navigation Blvd, Houston, TX 77011. The class is limited to 30 applicants, so make sure to register soon!

To register, please scan the QR code on the flyer or click on this link:

HCSO’s Pioneering Detention Officer K9 Unit

The HCSO K9 Unit is breaking new ground as 5 Detention Officer K9 handlers and 1 Detention Officer sergeant K9 handler’s training is underway. This initiative is the first of its kind in the state and among only a few in the nation to involve trained detention officers working with contraband K9s.

We are proud to introduce the skilled individuals who will be leading our K9 Unit. Detention Officers Patrick Allen, Noah Almendarez, Jose Davila, Bryon Hickman, and Amanda McIsaac will be paired with their respective K9 partners: Chi, Rip, Koozie, Zara, and Don.

These specialized canines will undergo training to detect various items, such as Marijuana, Cocaine, Heroin, Methamphetamine, MDMA (X), Kush, Tobacco, K2, and Lithium Niobate.

This will provide an additional layer of protection against the infiltration of dangerous contrabands, ensuring a safer environment for both staff and residents.

Here’s to setting a new standard in law enforcement and ensuring safety and security within detention facilities.