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.

Message from Sheriff Ed Gonzalez – Stay Focused, Stay Safe: Tips to Combat Distracted Driving

As April begins, it’s important we recognize Distracted Driving Awareness Month. Every day, countless lives are affected by distracted driving incidents, and it’s up to each one of us to prioritize safety on the roads. As your Sheriff, I urge you to join me in taking a stand against distracted driving and committing to safer habits behind the wheel.

Distracted driving comes in many forms, including texting, eating, or even adjusting the radio. Any activity that diverts your attention from the road significantly increases the risk of accidents. To combat this issue, here are some simple yet effective tips to stay safe:

  • Put Your Phone Away: Texts, calls, and notifications can wait. Keep your phone out of reach, or better yet, turn it off or enable the “Do Not Disturb While Driving” feature.
  • Plan Ahead: Before hitting the road, set your GPS, adjust your mirrors, and secure any loose items in your car. Minimize the need for multitasking while driving.
  • Take Breaks: Long drives can be exhausting, leading to decreased focus. Schedule regular breaks to stretch your legs, grab a snack, and refresh your mind.
  • Avoid Multitasking: Eating, drinking, and grooming should be done before or after your journey, not while driving. Keep both hands on the wheel and your focus on the road.
  • Be Mindful of Emotional Distractions: Stress, anger, or sadness can impair your judgment and reaction time. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, take a moment to calm down before continuing your journey.

Remember, every decision you make behind the wheel affects not only your safety but also the safety of others sharing the road with you. Let’s work together to make our community safer by eliminating distracted driving. Stay focused, stay safe.

Recognizing Harris County Sheriff’s Office Reserve Deputies

During National Volunteer Month, the Harris County Sheriff’s Office proudly celebrates the remarkable contributions of its Reserve Command, who exemplify the spirit of service and dedication. These unsung heroes encompass a diverse array of roles, each vital in upholding the safety and well-being of our communities.

For over 40 years, the Reserve Command has been instrumental in enhancing law enforcement efforts, providing monetary donations exceeding $100 million to Harris County. With approximately 200 volunteers, the Reserve Command includes countless professionals, including engineers, doctors, corporate managers, and attorneys, all united by their commitment to serving their community.

These dedicated individuals undergo the same rigorous training, background checks, and exams as full-time deputies, embodying the same legal authority and responsibilities. From patrolling the streets to conducting criminal investigations and assisting in fugitive transports, Reserve deputies serve in various capacities across the HCSO, ensuring the safety and well-being of Harris County residents.

One example of the impact of Reserve deputies is demonstrated by Mary Manning-Ring, a Reserve deputy who recounted a memorable experience. Responding to a domestic violence call years ago, Mary played a pivotal role in ensuring the safety of a victim. Years later, at a church function, the community member recognized Mary and expressed gratitude for “helping her out of a difficult situation.”

As we commemorate National Volunteer Month, join us in extending our deepest gratitude to all Reserve deputies of the Harris County Sheriff’s Office and beyond. Their selfless dedication and unwavering commitment create a better community for all.

WATCH: HCSO Women’s Empowerment Center Transforming Lives

On February 2023, Sheriff Ed Gonzalez and the Harris County Sheriff’s Office inaugurated the Women’s Empowerment Center, a gender-responsive, reentry-focused facility suitable for women’s care, better preparing them for release. We are sharing the inspiring story of Ashley Alanis, a mother of three who had a challenging upbringing that led her to make poor choices.

Unfortunately, these choices resulted in her incarceration at Harris County Jail. However, Ashley was fortunate enough to be selected to participate in the Women’s Empowerment Center, which provided her with a second chance to turn her life around. “Just want to say thank you to our Women’s Empowerment Center because, I mean, you all help me. I can only imagine how many women you are going to help next,” said Alanis.

Ashley earned a certificate while in the WEC and now has a job at a restaurant, which has allowed her to see life from a new perspective and work towards a brighter future with her family.

HCSO In The News

ABC13: HCSO hosts news conference for any victims linked to a 23-year-old man accused of 6 sex assault cases.

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — The Harris County Sheriff’s Office hosted a news conference on Friday, asking for any victims of a 23-year-old New Caney man accused in several cases of sexual assault involving minors.

Anyone with any information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.

CW39: Harris County Sheriff’s Office warns drivers to protect their vehicles as thieves look for easy targets.

HOUSTON (KIAH) — Whether you’ve been a victim of an auto theft or know a neighbor who has, auto and catalytic converter thefts are still happening in our communities.

The Harris County Sheriff’s Office Auto Theft Division is working to protect drivers from becoming an easy target.

ABC13: Road Damage Causes over a dozen flat tires on I-10 East Fwy near San Jacinto River, sheriff says

HARRIS COUNTY, Texas (KTRK) — Damage to the roadway on the I-10 East Freeway is being blamed for more than a dozen flat tires Monday morning.

Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said about 10 to 15 vehicles had damage to tires after driving over the hole.

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.

“Deputy Perez in the Mental Health Unit was the only mental health deputy on-call in Harris County the night an Army Reserve Unit had an emergency mental health crisis. He drove over 40 minutes to arrive and spent three hours in a conversation with a soldier before exercising hard judgment to place her into involuntary care, potentially saving her life and the lives of others and putting her on a path to recovery,” said a Harris County resident.

Deputy Perez joined HCSO in 2016 as a detention officer. He became a deputy in the fall of 2019. He has worked in patrol and is now a member of the Crisis Intervention Response Team (CIRT).

4th Annual Car Show

Join the HCSO Citizen’s Police Academy Alumni Association at the Fourth Annual Car Show on Saturday, April 6, 2024, at Crosby Church, 5725 US-90, Crosby, TX 77532.

All vehicles are welcome. They will have door prizes, complimentary coffee, food, a silent auction, and a raffle! Proceeds support the HSCO Citizen’s Police Academy Alumni Association. Hope to see you there!

Women’s History Month Spotlight

In honor of Women’s History Month, Sheriff Ed Gonzalez and the Harris County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) are celebrating some of our agency’s remarkable women.

Meet HCSO Lead Paralegal Sana Ramazanova.

“To have a whole month fully dedicated to courageous women who changed history is an excellent reminder that we are stronger than we think and can make changes. Still, women should be celebrated daily,” said Lead Paralegal Ramazanova. “Women fought for their place in modern society, including law enforcement. We now see more women in leading positions in law enforcement, both uniformed and civilian.”

Ramazanova joined HCSO in 2013 as an executive paralegal and later became part of the HCSO Legal Team. In March 2020, she became the Lead Paralegal. As the Lead Paralegal, she assists the Legal Director in providing legal support to all departments within HCSO.

Meet Deputy Investigator Jae K. Philipbar.

“Women’s History Month reminds us of the progress made toward gender equality and the work that still needs to be done to achieve full equity and inclusivity for women in all aspects of society,” said Investigator Philipbar. “My mother has inspired me. Throughout my life, her tireless hard work to provide for our family and witnessing her determination and work ethic helped me strive for my own aspirations.”

Investigator Philipbar joined HCSO three years ago and has been in law enforcement for the last decade. Before transferring to the Vehicular Crimes Division (VCD) and becoming an Accident Investigator, she worked in District 1 in north Harris County.

Meet HCSO Chaplaincy Services Manager Natasha E. Young.

“Women’s History Month is a time to stand firmly on the knowledge that every woman has been uniquely created and gifted for a greater purpose than herself,” said Manager Young. “As women, we can better support and empower each other. Feminine culture needs to shift so that we share information, celebrate each other, mentor each other, and fix each other’s crowns without telling the world.”

Manager Young joined HCSO in 2005 as a licensed counselor and then moved into chaplaincy

Upcoming HCSO Career Fairs

Are you looking for a Career? Join Sheriff Ed Gonzalez and the Harris County Sheriff’s Office Recruitment Team at upcoming career fairs! For more information regarding our available positions, visit or call 713-877-5250.

Upcoming Career Fairs:

On Your Mark, Get Set, GO!

It’s that time again! In April 2024, Harris County is hosting the 10th annual Employee 5K. Compete virtually all month, or in person on April 27th.

To register, scan the QR code or visit

Community Activist Sabrina Greenlee Visits The Women’s Empowerment Center

Sheriff Ed Gonzalez and the Harris County Sheriff’s Office welcomed Community Activist and domestic violence survivor Sabrina Greenlee at the Harris County Jail Women’s Empowerment Center (WEC).

Sabrina Greenlee, the mother of Tennessee Titans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins, shared her experience surviving domestic violence with the residents of the WEC. Ms. Greenlee gave her powerful testimony to the women in hopes of positively impacting their lives and raising awareness about this important issue.

Together, we can make a stand to end domestic violence. If you need help, call 911 or 713-221-6000.

HCSO Easter Egg Hunt

The HCSO SWAT, Bomb & CNT built and donated beeping Easter eggs to visually impaired children.

We partnered with the Conroe Independent School District to hold an egg hunt for 20 children. The beeping plastic eggs allowed the visually impaired kids to find the eggs on their own. A big shout-out to the teammates who made this possible.

Message from Sheriff Ed Gonzalez – HCSO Welcomes New Detention Officers and Cadets

On Friday, March 8, we held a graduation ceremony to welcome 48 detention officers into the Harris County Sheriff’s Office. This event marked the successful culmination of our latest Detention Officer Training Program. Family and friends came to show their support as we embraced a new cohort of dedicated professionals into our ranks.

After completing 120 hours of training, which included scenarios, defensive tactics, weekly testing, and successfully passing the TCOLE License Exam, Detention Officer Oscar Lukaszewsky emerged as the class Valedictorian. He maintained a 100% grade average throughout the entire course.

During the ceremony, graduates demonstrated their commitment to upholding the highest standards of integrity, professionalism, and service to our community. Through rigorous training and hands-on experience, these individuals have developed the skills necessary to excel in their roles as detention officers, ensuring the safety and security of both staff and inmates within our facilities.

As we welcome our newest members to the HCSO family, we are confident that they will continue to uphold our agency’s values and contribute to our mission of serving and protecting the residents of Harris County. We also welcomed a new class of detention cadets, along with a new class of deputy cadets. Currently, we have a total of 146 deputy cadets and 38 detention officer cadets in training.

We extend our heartfelt congratulations to the graduates and wish the new cadets the best of luck and success in their careers.

Furthermore, we are pleased to announce our upcoming Detention Officer Fast Track Recruitment Event on March 19. This event offers individuals interested in joining our team the chance to gain insights about the role and start the application process. To expedite the hiring process, we will conduct interviews, onsite testing, fingerprinting, and background testing all on the same day.

HCSO Shares Tips for Responsible Celebrations

Promoting responsible behavior during St. Patrick’s Day is crucial, particularly about drinking and driving. Here are some safety tips from the Harris County Sheriff’s Office to encourage sobriety and prevent impaired driving:

  • Plan Ahead: Plan your transportation before you start drinking. Designate a sober driver, use public transit, or arrange for a ride-sharing service.
  • Alternate Drinks: If you’re celebrating with alcoholic beverages, alternate between alcoholic drinks and non-alcoholic beverages to stay hydrated and reduce alcohol consumption.
  • Monitor Your Alcohol Intake: Keep track of how much alcohol you consume and know your limits.
  • Watch Your Friends: Look out for your friends and make sure everyone has a safe way to get home. Never let a friend drive drunk.
  • Use a Designated Driver: If you’re planning to drink, designate a sober driver before heading out. Make sure everyone in your group knows who the designated driver is.
  • Use Ride-Sharing Services: Use ride-sharing services like Uber or Lyft to get home safely if you’ve been drinking.
  • Stay Overnight: If you’re unable to find a safe way home, consider staying overnight at a friend’s house or a nearby hotel.
  • Avoid Walking Alone: If you’re walking home, do so with a group of friends or in well-lit, populated areas.
  • Report Drunk Drivers: If you see someone attempting to drive while impaired, report them to local law enforcement immediately.

Help HCSO prevent impaired driving and promote a safer St. Patrick’s Day celebration!

HCSO In The News

KHOU: Father pleads for help finding his missing teenage son with mental disabilities.

HOUSTON — Jose Reyes said he and his son Mauricio had only been in Houston for about two weeks when he went missing. Now, it’s been nearly three weeks since he’s been seen.

Anyone with information concerning the whereabouts of this missing juvenile is urged to contact the HCSO Missing Persons Unit at 713-755-7427 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-8477.”

Terry Rivera, suspect in 12-year-old’s shooting death, granted bond.

After being apprehended at the U.S.-Mexico border and brought back to Houston, Terry Bryan Rivera, the suspect wanted in connection with the death of 12-year-old Carlos Fernandez in Harris County, has been granted bond.

Rivera has received a $2 million bond, a compromise between the state’s request for $5 million and the defense’s proposal.

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 an EMT with Harris County and had an encounter with one of your teams. We were called to a trailer park for a report of an aggressively elderly lady who was acting erratically. Reports were made that she had threatened to hurt her son and herself. Deputy Gonzales and Trevino’s team were on the scene. It was discovered that her blood pressure was high, and she needed to be transported. The patient refused, becoming more upset. Deputy Gonzales spent a great deal of time creating a rapport with the patient and attempted to find some common ground to convince her to come peacefully,” said a Harris County resident. “She was ultimately not successful, and the patient was forcefully taken out of the vehicle. She did stop resisting and complied. Deputy Gonzales accompanied EMS and the patient in the ambulance to the ER, and Deputy Trevino followed. The time spent and patience shown by both deputies were above and beyond, especially on a busy Thursday full moon night. I want to thank both deputies and say I will happily work a scene with them any time. Please express my admiration and appreciation.”

Deputy Orlando Trevino started his law enforcement career in 2002 with the Harris County Precinct 5 Constable’s Office. He worked there for almost 19 years before joining our agency in 2020. He’s currently assigned to District 1 in north Harris County as a Field Training Officer.

Deputy Natalie Gonzales joined HCSO ten years ago as a detention officer and became a deputy in 2019. A few months ago, she started patrolling District 1.

Harris County Sheriff’s Office 2023 Annual Report

Under the direction of Sheriff Ed Gonzalez, the Harris County Sheriff’s Office 2023 Annual Report provides a glimpse of the dedication and efforts of our certified, detention and professional teammates, who are committed to our values and pursuit of excellence.

Read the report HERE.

HCSO Mounted Patrol Foundation Denim and Diamonds Gala!

HCSO Mounted Patrol Foundation presents the first annual Denim and Diamonds Gala! We’re celebrating 75 years of the Harris County Sheriff’s Office Mounted Patrol with dinner, music, dancing, awards, an auction, door prizes, and more!

The Gala is scheduled for April 6, 2024, at David H. McNerney American Legion Post 658, located at 14890 FM 2100, Crosby, Texas 77532. To purchase tickets, please scan the QR code in the flyer.

Individual tickets cost $50 each, and you can reserve a table for eight people for $375. As a guest, you will receive a ticket that gives you a chance to win a door prize. There will be both door prizes, raffle prizes, and live and silent auctions.

The event starts at 6 p.m., ends at midnight, and includes dinner, music, and fun! We hope y’all can make it!

Women’s History Month Spotlight

In honor of Women’s History Month, Sheriff Ed Gonzalez and the Harris County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) are celebrating some of our agency’s remarkable women.

Meet Detention Captain Sondra Sams.

“Women’s History Month is a time to reflect and pay homage to women’s vast and significant accomplishments and contributions,” said Captain Sams. “My mother was my greatest female inspiration. Not only was she an amazing wife and mother, but she was also the kindest human being I have ever met. She was my biggest cheerleader and my greatest inspiration.”

Captain Sams was promoted to the new position on January 25, 2024. Along with Lieutenant Joash Butler, Sams became the first detention captain in the agency’s history, dating back to 1837.

“I advise young women just starting their careers in law enforcement to set achievable short-term and long-term goals, adopt time management habits, and have a can-do attitude because you can do anything you put your mind to.”

Captain Sams joined our agency in 2000 as a detention officer. She has a Bachelor’s and a Master’s in education from the University of Houston Downtown.

Meet Sergeant Lakisha Cheatham.

“Women’s History Month is a time to celebrate women’s past, present, and future achievements while also recognizing the work that still needs to be done to create a more equitable and just society for all,” Sgt. Cheatham said. “Women now serve in broader roles and positions within law enforcement agencies. This diversification of roles allows women to contribute their unique skills and perspectives to various aspects of law enforcement work.”

Sergeant Cheatham joined the HCSO in 2015. Since then, she has served in multiple capacities within the agency, including the Crisis Intervention Response Team, the Homeless Outreach Team, and the Community Problem-Oriented Policing Unit. Currently, Sgt. Cheatham oversees Background Investigations.

“Remember that finding the right balance between your personal and professional life is an ongoing process that may require regular reassessment and adjustments. By prioritizing self-care, effective communication, and time management, you can achieve a fulfilling balance between both.”

Upcoming HCSO Career Fairs

Are you looking for a job? Join Sheriff Ed Gonzalez and the Harris County Sheriff’s Office Recruitment Team at upcoming job fairs! For more information regarding our available positions, visit or call 713-877-5250.

Upcoming Job Fairs:

Harris County Alarm Permit Requirement

Did you know? If you have an alarm system in unincorporated Harris County, an alarm permit is required, and it must be renewed annually. For more information, click HERE or call 713-755–4600.

Coffee With a Cop & The Easter Bunny

Join us for Coffee with a Cop & the Easter Bunny on Saturday, March 30, 2024, from 11 a.m. -2 p.m.

2023 Harris County Sheriff’s Office Annual Report

Welcome to the 2023 Harris County Sheriff’s Office Annual Report.

The Harris County Sheriff’s Office is committed to working with the community to enhance the quality of life of our residents, reduce crime, and provide a safe and productive environment for those incarcerated in our jails. We are committed to these values, to implementing best practices in criminal justice, and to transparency through a data-driven model of community policing.

This annual report will give you a glimpse of the dedication and effort of the certified, detention, and professional Harris County Sheriff’s Office staff who are committed to our values and our pursuit of excellence.

Click here to access the report.