Message from Sheriff Ed Gonzalez – The Harris County Sheriff’s Office Celebrates the First Anniversary of the Women’s Empowerment Center

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Message from Sheriff Ed Gonzalez

The Harris County Sheriff’s Office celebrated the first anniversary of the Women’s Empowerment Center on February 15, 2024. This significant milestone allows us to reflect on the center’s impact since its opening. The center symbolizes hope, resilience, and transformation for countless women in our care.

Through tailored programs, counseling services, educational opportunities, and skill-building workshops, our goal is to equip women with the tools and resources they need to thrive beyond the walls of incarceration. Our programs offer support in mental health, spirituality, trauma, substance abuse, job training, and reentry.

In the last year, 217 residents have graduated from various programs, such as Apple Technology, IN2Work, Art Classes, Finance, G.E.D., and Health Class.

We have offered anger management classes, an Apple computer lab, G.E.D. courses provided by Houston Community College, and finance classes where residents learned money management skills.

Our residents have enjoyed various activities such as church services, game nights, spa days, and holiday celebrations, including Easter, Mother’s Day, Halloween, Christmas, and Navidad en el Barrio.

Navidad en el Barrio is a non-profit organization that provides Christmas gifts for children whose mothers are incarcerated in the Women’s Empowerment Center. Last year, 40 children and sixteen residents were granted the wish to spend time with their children while they opened gifts through this effort.

Plans are underway to introduce online training courses in Nail Tech, Solar Energy, Construction, Medical Assistance, Parenting, and more. Our goals for 2024 are to keep growing the residents’ courses and training, and we hope to introduce online training options as well.

On this anniversary, we take a moment to reflect, express our gratitude, and celebrate. We extend our heartfelt appreciation to all who have contributed to the success of the Women’s Empowerment Center – our dedicated staff, community partners, volunteers, and most importantly, the courageous women who have embarked on their journey of empowerment.

Watch: The Women’s Empowerment Center First Anniversary Ceremony

HCSO Launches Hustle 2.0

I am excited to announce the relaunch of our transformative program, Hustle 2.0, here at the Harris County Sheriff’s Office.

This program is designed to make a significant impact on reducing crime, violence, and recidivism by empowering incarcerated individuals with the motivation and skills they need to transform their lives.

On February 15, representatives from Hustle 2.0 joined us to celebrate the first anniversary of the Women’s Empowerment Center. Their presence and support at this event underscore our commitment to empowering individuals and transforming lives.

The C.E.O. and Founder, Cat Jackson, spoke briefly at the H.C.S.O. Women’s Empowerment Center Anniversary celebration. During her speech, she highlighted that their book was written in a story-like fashion with lots of humor. She emphasized that the book’s goal is to capture the interest of even those in program-resistant populations.

Hustle 2.0 utilizes a proprietary curriculum that addresses criminogenic needs through evidence-based, trauma-informed concepts. By incorporating testimonials, case studies, art, and humor contributed by individuals with incarceration experience, we aim to engage even the most program-resistant and high-risk populations within our correctional facilities.

Their vision to transform correctional facilities from places of pain and punishment into houses of healing and hope is something we stand for here at HCSO. We are incredibly excited for this step in our journey towards a better future for those who are incarcerated.

HCSO In The News

CW39: 75th Annual Pony Express kicked off this weekend at NRG Park

HOUSTON (CW39) – The 75th Annual Pony Express kicked off this weekend at NRG Park — where mounted patrol from the Harris County Sheriff’s Office began the journey to Austin, where they hand deliver 2024 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo invitations at the Texas State Capitol.

Fox 26: Houston crash: Off-duty Harris County Sheriff’s Office deputy dies after crashing in downtown Houston

HOUSTON – An off-duty deputy, 62-year-old Ronald Bates, was identified as the victim of Saturday’s fatal crash in Downtown Houston by the Harris County Sheriff’s Office.

The Harris County Sheriff, Ed Gonzalez, shared his thoughts on his official Twitter account, giving his condolences to the family and friends of Bates.

HCSO Teammate of the Week

Harris County Sheriff’s Office Teammate of the Week: Sheriff Ed Gonzalez and 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 a practicing attorney in and around Houston, with 30 years of experience. However, my experience did not count when navigating the court system with a mental health client. I want to take the time to thank Gary Mustiful for assisting me and my client through the maze of the mental health program. The program is much needed in today’s society,” said a Harris County resident.

“However, getting your client into the program can be overwhelming and challenging. I saw Gary Mustiful in court one day and remembered he had given me his card. That card was a valuable asset. I called Gary, and he immediately took the time to explain the program and the process. I wanted his superiors to know what a wonderful and valuable employee they have working in the Mental Health Program. Gary has made one young man’s life better.”

Gary Mustiful is a Jail Population Analyst for Detentions Performance & Efficiency and joined HCSO last year. His professional background includes over 20 years of work experience as a Court Administrator in Harris County. Additionally, he holds a Master of Science in Criminal Justice Management from Texas State University.

Stay Safe, Stay Informed: Sign Up for Smart911 Today!

Sheriff Ed Gonzalez and the Harris County Sheriff’s Office are dedicated to ensuring the safety and well-being of all residents. Smart911 is a valuable tool that enhances emergency preparedness and response.

Smart911 allows you to create a Safety Profile for your household, providing vital information that 911 operators and first responders can access during emergencies.

By signing up for Smart911, you can ensure that responders have the information they need to assist you quickly and effectively in times of crisis.

Signing up for Smart911 is easy and free. Visit tinyurl.com/25sbb6yt or text us at 67283. Your information will only be shared with 911 operators and first responders in the event of an emergency, ensuring your privacy and security.

Take proactive steps to protect yourself and your loved ones. Sign up for Smart911 today to help keep our community safe and informed.

Annual HCSO Foundation Board Meeting

This week, we were honored to attend the Annual HCSO Texas Foundation Board Meeting. In 2023, they funded:

$100k for ballistic windshields
$25k seed money for the LightsOn! Program
5k for Annual Children’s Toy Drive

Thank you for supporting Law Enforcement!

Detention Officer Graduation Ceremony

Congratulations to our new Detention Officers on their graduation! We are proud of your hard work and dedication. Thank you for your commitment to serving and protecting.

HCSO Celebrates Valentine’s Day with Precinct 1 Seniors

Sheriff Ed Gonzalez and the Harris County Sheriff’s Office had a wonderful time at the HCSO Valentine’s Day Event for the Precinct 1 Community Centers Seniors. In collaboration with Harris County Precinct 1, we organized the party to honor our seniors. HCSO teammates shared valuable resources with over 200 elderly residents and enjoyed spending time with our community!

HCSO vs. Starbucks Family Feud

Join us at the HCSO vs. Starbucks Family Feud Community Event!

Date: Friday, February 16, 2024

Time: 6:00 PM

Location: BakerRipley Pasadena, 720 Fairmont Pkwy, Pasadena, TX 77504

Come and join us for a fun-filled evening at the HCSO vs. Starbucks Family Feud Community Event! This exciting event will take place on Friday, February 16, at BakerRipley Pasadena starting at 6:00 PM. It’s a free event, so bring your friends and family along to cheer on your favorite team!

Light snacks and refreshments will be available while supplies last. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to enjoy a friendly competition and connect with your community. We look forward to seeing you there!

WATCH: HSCO Black History Month Spotlight

In honor of Black History Month, Sheriff Ed Gonzalez and the Harris County Sheriff’s Office are highlighting leaders in our agency.

Meet Sgt. Charles Beaudion. He started as a detention officer with HCSO in 2004 and became a deputy in 2007. He’s been an investigator for Backgrounds & Recruiting. He has worked in Special Investigations as an undercover deputy for Vice and worked in Internal Affairs before being promoted to Sergeant in June 2020.

Thank you for your service, Sgt. Beaudion!

Meet Captain Marcus A. Kinnard-Bing. He joined HCSO 32 and a half years ago. He currently serves as the Vehicular Crimes Division Commander.

He has served in the Harris County Jail and also in Patrol as a sergeant, lieutenant, and captain. He has also been a major, leading the Patrol and Homeland Security bureaus.

Thank you for your service, Captain Kinnard-Bing!

HCSO Celebrates the Lunar New Year

The Harris County Sheriff’s Office proudly acknowledges and celebrates the Lunar New Year with a vibrant display of the traditional dragon dance. This celebration of heritage promotes unity as we welcome the new year together. We extend our heartfelt thanks to the Asian American Peace Officer Association for organizing this memorable event, and a special appreciation to Lee’s Golden Dragon for the amazing dragon dance performance.

HCSO Welcomes the New BPOC Class

On Monday, February 12, 2024, the Harris County Sheriff’s Office welcomed 72 cadets for our Basic Peace Officer Course! Over the next nine months, these men and women will be tested, mentally and physically, to earn the right to wear the patch “The Pride of Texas.”

For the first time ever, HCSO will have two BPOC classes simultaneously. The next BPOC class starts March 11, 2024, and we anticipate having 60 cadets enroll. We wish all cadets the best during their time in the academy!

Message from Sheriff Ed Gonzalez – Congratulations to Our Promoted Teammates


The Harris County Sheriff’s Office recently recognized and congratulated 43 exceptional colleagues who displayed outstanding commitment, skills, and leadership, resulting in well-deserved promotions on January 25, 2024, at the Second Baptist Church – Woodway Campus.

We are proud to have such remarkable teammates who embody the essence of what makes our Sheriff’s Office exceptional. The ceremony acknowledged years of hard work and dedication to the values the Harris County Sheriff’s Office upholds.

Each team member promoted has demonstrated exceptional qualities in their respective roles, whether in the field, leadership positions, or supporting roles. Their contributions have had a lasting impact on our agency.

Two teammates were recently promoted to the new rank of detention captain within the Harris County Sheriff’s Office. This is a significant milestone for our organization, representing our dedication to innovation and leadership. These two team members have demonstrated exceptional leadership skills, and their promotion to this rank is a historic moment for our agency. They are the first to achieve this rank within our organization, and their names will forever be etched in our history.

The promoted individuals’ exceptional leadership qualities will undoubtedly contribute to our agency’s continued success. Leadership is not just about a title; it’s about influence, integrity, and the ability to inspire others.

As our colleagues step into their new roles, we have confidence in their ability to continue exemplifying the high standards and values that define our agency. Together, we are an unbreakable force – a strong team against adversity.

Our agency’s success results from our collective teamwork and collaboration, and the promotions we celebrate reflect that. We are stronger together.

Congratulations to our newly promoted leaders! Your hard work, dedication, and leadership have led you to this moment, and I am confident you will continue to make us proud.

Watch: B1-2023 Basic Peace Officer Course Graduation Ceremony

HCSO Celebrates Black History Month

In celebration of Black History Month, the Harris County Sheriff’s Office is honoring the people who paved the way for us and made sacrifices to create the opportunities we enjoy today.

As the Sheriff of Harris County, I am dedicated to promoting an understanding and appreciation of our community’s diverse tapestry. This month, we commemorate and celebrate a community whose resilience, strength, and indomitable spirit have played an integral role in shaping our nation.

In Harris County, we understand the significance of diversity in our law enforcement initiatives. We are committed to establishing trust and promoting positive connections with all members of our community. As this month unfolds, let us be reminded of the perpetual requirement for dialogue, comprehension, and cooperation to guarantee the safety and welfare of every African American resident in our county.

With the help of education and self-reflection, we can enhance our comprehension of the day-to-day struggles that our Black community members go through, which impact various aspects of their lives.

Acknowledging the past fosters dialogue toward collective action for a future where every community member can thrive without race-based impediments.

Celebrating Black History Month is an opportunity to honor Black individuals’ achievements, contributions, and history. It’s a chance for reflection, education, and collective action towards a more inclusive future.

In honor of Black History Month, Sheriff Ed Gonzalez and the Harris County Sheriff’s Office are highlighting leaders in our agency.

Meet Major Latrina Kingsbury, who leads the Justice Management Bureau. She’s been with HCSO for 31 years, 20 of those years in a supervisory role.

In the 31 years she has worked with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, Major Kingsbury has launched, led, and managed several projects. Her proudest achievement is her family. Thank you for your service, Major Kingsbury!

HCSO In The News

FOX26: Human sex trafficking awareness month

ICYMI: January is National Human Trafficking Prevention Month. HCSO Lt. Santee & Captain Ecke joined the Isiah Factor Uncensored show & discussed how groomers strategically target victims.

ABC13: Nearly $500K in high-end vehicles found when Harris Co. investigators moved in on alleged chop shop

A 25-year-old man was arrested on Friday connected to a suspected “chop shop” where authorities found a $170,000 Corvette, records state.

The bust was a multi-agency operation involving the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, the Texas Department of Public Safety, and Homeland Security Investigations. HCSO said nearly $500,000 in cars were recovered, including Dodge Chargers, a Cadillac Escalade, and a $170,000 Corvette.

My Neighborhood News: Harris County Sheriff’s Office Junior Mounted Posse Prepares for 72nd Annual HLSR Relay Ride

The Harris County Sheriff’s Office Junior Mounted Posse is all saddled up and ready to ride in the 72nd annual Relay Ride. This historic event, which has been a part of the fabric of our community for over seven decades, will once again deliver the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo proclamations to our neighbors in surrounding counties.

HCSO Teammate of the Week

Harris County Sheriff’s Office Teammate of the Week: Sheriff Ed Gonzalez and 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 January 20, Deputy Berenice Suarez was compassionate to a resident going through a tough time. She took the lady to a warming center so she could be comfortable and safe,” said a Harris County resident. “The attitude and professionalism Deputy B. Suarez displayed were nothing short of what a law enforcement deputy should attempt to exhibit on a daily basis.”

Deputy Suarez began her law enforcement career with HCSO in January 2018 as a Detention Officer. She became a deputy in July 2023 and works as a patrol deputy.

Congratulations to our Employees of the Quarter

Sheriff Ed Gonzalez and the Harris County Sheriff’s Office are celebrating the teammates of the Quarter. We recognize Record Specialist Maria Moreno and Detention Office

r Ashley O’Hara for their exemplary service and devotion to duty. Beyond their unwavering dedication to the job, they are team players with a positive attitude. Congratulations!

Employees of the Quarter 1200 Specialized Housing: Sheriff Ed Gonzalez and the Harris County Sheriff’s Office are celebrating the teammates of the Quarter. We recognize Detention Officer Brian Long and Sergeant Brice Owens for their outstanding service and dedication to duty. Congratulations!

HCSO Acknowledged by the Police Executive Research Forum

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

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. Thanks to PERF for the recognition! Click here to read the publication.

Help Us Find the Murder of Elizabeth Barraza

On Friday, January 25, 2019, just before 7 a.m., Harris County Constable’s Office Pct. 4 deputies were dispatched to a shots fired call at 8623 Cedar Walk Drive in north Harris County. Deputies reported that Liz Barraza, age 29, was found shot several times as she stood in her driveway preparing for a garage sale. She was taken to a hospital, where she died.

The suspect drove a black or dark-colored Nissan Frontier Pro 4X Crew Cab (4-door) truck. The suspect’s gender was not determined and could be male or female. No motive in the murder has been identified, and it does not appear to be robbery-motivated.

Someone out there knows who killed Elizabeth Barraza. We ask you to do the right thing. If you know something, please come forward and assist.

A cash reward of up to $50,000 is available for the person who provides information that leads to an arrest. Please call the HCSO Homicide Unit at 713-274-9100 or Crime Stoppers of Houston at 713-222-TIPS(8477).

Join HCSO for Lemonade With a Cop

Join us on February 7, 2024, for Lemonade with a Cop at the Raising Cane’s located at 7531 Westheimer Rd. Houston, TX 77063 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.! Stop by to learn more about the programs that the Harris County Sheriff’s Office has to offer and talk with deputies onsite over some delicious Cane’s Lemonade! We hope to see you there!

Message from Sheriff Ed Gonzalez – Living up To the Uniform and Badge

On Thursday, Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez and the Harris County Sheriff’s Office welcomed 60 new deputies to our Sheriff’s Office family. The graduation ceremony – and each cadet’s pledge to our sacred oath of office – culminated in resilience, teamwork, and a passion to serve others.

The HCSO academy training lays the foundation for a deputy’s 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 1,211 hours of curriculum, ranging from classroom instruction and firearms training to simulations, emergency vehicle operations, and patrol training. The training topics included critical crisis intervention, de-escalation techniques, tactical communications, and the Texas Penal Code.

The camaraderie built over the past 42 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.

Valedictorian Deputy Adan Del Fierro feels the Class of B1-2023 is a big family. They have worked, laughed, sweated, and even cried together. The teamwork that this class has demonstrated is unreal. “This has been the best experience of my life so far with sound, ethical, and determined people,” said Valedictorian Deputy Del Fierro. “We need to build trust between our community one person at a time, and I will make every interaction count.”

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 have 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.

The B1-2023 Basic Peace Officer Course (BPOC) is a diverse class, with 31% being women, and reflects the inclusivity and strength of our law enforcement community. We have cadets from all over Texas, California, Illinois, Wisconsin, Oklahoma, New Mexico, New Jersey, New York, Vietnam, and Turkey.

The class motto is “Here I Am, Send Me.” It reflects a readiness and willingness to serve and respond to a call of duty. The new deputies are committed and ready to take on responsibilities, even in challenging or demanding situations. The motto encapsulates the spirit of service and a commitment to protecting and serving the community.

“This was not an easy course, academically, for these cadets. We lost cadets due to academic failure, so those who have earned their badge earned it,” said HCSO Academy Deputy/Instructor Jessica L. Leggett. “Cadets put time outside of class in study sessions, whether with other cadets outside of the academy or staying at the academy until 7:00 p.m., some nights studying with a counselor.”

Cadets are put through countless scenarios during their training in the BPOC. These scenarios range from a virtual reality training simulator to force-on-force training, where simulation weapons are used during training. They successfully navigated Active Shooter scenarios, Officer Down scenarios, Mental Health scenarios, Family Violence scenarios, Building Entry scenarios, Use of Force scenarios, and many others.

“B1-2023 achieved a 98% first-time pass rate on their TCOLE licensing exam, which means 59 out of 60 cadets passed their 250-question state exam on the first try. This is a huge accomplishment, especially for a class of this size,” said Instructor Leggett.

The class completed two 5-mile fun runs. This distance is not easy to get to without putting in hard work during physical training sessions.

“The most memorable moment I had in this academy would be the five-mile obstacle course run with the command staff. We were paired up in groups of two. Deputy Martinez and I were able to finish second place,” said Deputy Del Fierro. “Once we finished, we caught up to the person at the end of the run, and we encouraged him to keep running. Deputy Martinez and I ended up running the course twice. I had never run or pushed myself to run so much in my life. This run showed me that I can achieve more than I ever thought I could.”

At the podium on Thursday, I challenged the new deputies to handle each call and assignment with pride. They must have a servant leader’s heart even on their most difficult days.

We would like to acknowledge all the HCSO Academy Instructors, especially Sgt. Jose Lopez for leading the class. His leadership skills were the driving force behind the success of the cadets in this class. He motivated, inspired, and kept them engaged at all times. We owe the success of this class largely to him.

Now, a challenge to our brothers and sisters in blue who came before them: Guide them. Mentor them. Show them how to always honor the badge you wear and carry as a symbol of public faith and trust.

Once again, congratulations to the Sheriff’s Office’s new Basic Peace Officer Course graduates! Your dedication and hard work have led you to this significant achievement. As you embark on your journey in law enforcement, may you carry the values of integrity, professionalism, and community service with you.

As you take on the responsibilities of a peace officer, always prioritize the well-being of the community you serve. Building trust, practicing empathy, and fostering positive relationships with the public are integral to effective law enforcement.

Wishing you a successful and fulfilling career ahead. Stay vigilant, stay dedicated, and make a positive impact on the lives of those you serve. Congratulations on reaching this milestone, and thank you for your commitment to public service.

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

Watch: B1-2023 Basic Peace Officer Course Graduation Ceremony

Arctic Blast Brought Freezing Temperatures to Harris County

The end of the week and higher temperatures could not have come soon enough. Harris County residents endured an arctic blast, and we are incredibly proud of our Sheriff’s Office teammates and the Harris County maintenance professionals who always do the job in the most challenging conditions. We appreciate their dedication to serving others and all that they do.

Our teammates adjusted their schedules to ensure around-the-clock coverage. We appreciate the dedication of all HCSO teammates.

As overpasses, bridges, and roadways were covered in ice, our patrol deputies and traffic investigators worked in these extreme conditions – reporting and blocking dangerous roadways, ramps, and freeway lanes; leading traffic safety and enforcement efforts and investigating crashes; performing proactive high visibility patrol efforts; and working collaboratively with area agencies on a wide range of public safety efforts.

Our Homeless Outreach Team (HOT) assisted those without housing with blankets, jackets, and transportation to emergency warming centers to stay warm and safe. Some other teammates attended warming centers and assisted with maintaining our resident’s safety.

Between Sunday, January 14, 2024, in the morning and Tuesday, January 16, 2024, in the afternoon, the HCSO HOT Team visited 115 locations and made 92 contacts. They transported five residents to shelters, provided five sleeping bags, 23 blankets and clothing, 33 pairs of socks, seven beanie hats, 15 hygiene kits, 53 meals-ready-to-eat (MRE), and 38 bottles of water.

Our Emergency Dispatch Center call takers are usually the first point of contact when a Harris County resident requires immediate assistance from law enforcement, medical, or fire personnel. They determine a caller’s needs and route the emergency call to the appropriate dispatcher. We are grateful for the collaboration of our partners who plalyed an active role in the activation of the Emergency Operations Center and Houston Transtar. During these trying times, we’re incredibly grateful for their service.

Thanks to all who heeded the call to stay home and keep the roads clear for emergency personnel and crews. Our hearts go out to each of you. We pray everyone keeps warm and safe.

WATCH: Help Combat Human Trafficking

Human Trafficking is a pervasive issue that affects communities worldwide, and we believe that awareness is a crucial step towards prevention.

On January 11, Sheriff Ed Gonzalez and the Harris County Sheriff’s Office honored National Human Trafficking Awareness Day with a Facebook Live. We raised awareness and shared valuable information. If you missed the live, please click here to watch it. To learn more about what we can do to combat Human Trafficking, read our newsletter.

HCSO In The News

ABC13: Deputy hurt when truck drove through scene on I-10 pushed other victim out of the way, sheriff says

A Harris County sheriff’s deputy and two other men are recovering in area hospitals after they were struck by a work truck that drove through a crash scene on I-10 East Freeway on Thursday morning, according to Sheriff Ed Gonzalez. Gonzalez described it as a “very scary situation.”

The 38-year-old deputy is said to be in serious but fair condition and she is expected to survive her injuries. Gonzalez said she has at least one broken bone and other injuries to her legs, but she is alert in the hospital.

Houston Chronicle: Murders decline in Harris County, but aggravated assaults, robberies increase, data shows

While seeing a significant drop in homicides and other violent crimes in 2023, Harris County Sheriff’s Office reported jumps in aggravated assaults, robberies and fatal traffic crashes, preliminary data shows.

The sheriff’s office’s numbers also included an uptick in the number of fatalities in vehicle crashes from 163 in 2022 to 191 in 2023. Jason Spencer, chief of staff with the office, said they were concerned about aggressive drivers.

KPRC: Harris County Sexual Assault Response Team releases report on sexual assault cases, how officials can improve response

The Harris County Sexual Assault Response Team released a report on Wednesday regarding sexual assault cases in the county and to make recommendations on how officials can improve how they respond to these incidents.

According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, 3,779 sexual assaults were reported in Harris County in 2021. HAWC said this number is not the best representation of how many cases there are because less than 10% of sexual assaults are reported to police.

National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day

On January 9, 2024, Sheriff Ed Gonzalez and the Harris County Sheriff’s Office honored National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day. We thank those who bravely serve and protect our community. We are grateful for their unwavering dedication and service. Thank you for everything you do!

HCSO Coffee with a Recruiter

Join Sheriff Ed Gonzalez and the Harris County Sheriff’s Office at the HCSO Coffee with a Recruiter on Saturday, January 20, 2024, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Starbucks at 2521 Post Oak Blvd. Houston, TX 77056.

We are hiring Detention Officers, Communication Officers, Deputy Cadets, Lateral Deputies, and other positions. For more information, visit HCSOJobs.com or call 713-877-5250.

When: January 20, 2024

Time: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Location: Starbucks at 2521 Post Oak Blvd. Houston, TX 77056

HCSO Teammate of the Week

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

“I want to commend Deputy J. Ajayi. He pulled me over on New Year’s Eve because I was inadvertently weaving due to looking at a message on my phone. He treated me with courtesy and respect. However, he screened me for being intoxicated. I had not been drinking and informed him of that upon being pulled over. I understand that he had to ensure that I was in a position where I could drive safely,” said a Harris County resident. “I appreciated him keeping our roads safe and the professionalism and courtesy he extended me throughout the process.”

Deputy Jonathan Ajayi joined HCSO nine years ago as a Psychiatrist Technician in the HCSO Mental Health Unit in the Harris County Jail. In 2018, he became a licensed peace officer. Currently, he serves as a DWI Investigator in the Vehicular Crimes Division.

HCSO Stands Against Sexual Assault

On January 10, 2024, Sheriff Ed Gonzalez and the Harris County Sheriff’s Office joined the Houston Area Women’s Center (HAWC) and community partners to raise awareness about sexual assault and to advocate for every person’s right to feel safe.

The Sexual Assault Response Team is a collaboration that brings together law enforcement, victim advocates, and other key stakeholders to provide comprehensive support to survivors of sexual assault.

We encourage anyone who may be experiencing abuse to reach out to us at 911 or 713-221-6000. Together, we can end sexual assault and make a difference.

Help Investigators Identify a Suspect Wanted for a Road Rage Shooting

The Harris County Sheriff’s Office Violent Crime Investigators are releasing a composite sketch of a suspect wanted for the road rage shooting of a man in north Harris County. On December 14, 2023, at approximately 5 a.m., deputies were dispatched to 191 West Rd. Upon arrival, deputies found a 37-year-old male who had received a gunshot wound to his head.

The male advised he was involved in a road rage incident with a white 2007-2013 Chevrolet Silverado 4-door pickup. As they traveled along the southbound main lanes of Interstate 45 near the Rankin Rd exit, the man said the suspect in the pickup truck pulled up alongside him and shot at him, striking him in the head. The victim was transported to a local hospital in stable condition and remained alert and awake.

The driver is described as a white male, 40 to 50 years of age, with a full beard and mustache. He was wearing a distinctive baseball cap that said veterans with small badges on it.

Anyone with information on this incident is urged to call the HCSO Violent Crime unit at 713-274-9100 or Crime Stoppers of Houston at 713-222-TIPS (8477).