Message from Sheriff Ed Gonzalez – Celebrating Our Nation’s Independence

As we approach the Fourth of July, the Harris County Sheriff’s Office would like to wish you a safe and joyous Independence Day. This holiday is a time to celebrate our nation’s history and enjoy festivities with family and friends.

To ensure a secure environment for everyone, we have several important reminders for the community.

  1. Follow Local Laws: Only use fireworks that are legal in your area. Many municipalities have restrictions or bans on fireworks.
  2. Adult Supervision: Ensure that fireworks are used under close adult supervision.
  3. Use Outdoors Only: Never use fireworks indoors. They should be used in a clear, open area away from buildings, vehicles, and flammable materials.
  4. Keep Water Handy: Always have a bucket of water or a hose nearby in case of fire or other mishaps.
  5. Light One at a Time: Light fireworks one at a time and move back quickly.
  6. Never Relight Duds: If a firework doesn’t go off, don’t try to relight it. Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in water.
  7. Proper Disposal: After fireworks complete their burning, douse them with water before throwing them away to prevent a trash fire.

We recommend attending one of the many professional fireworks shows and events being held across Harris County. These events are designed to provide a safe and enjoyable experience for the entire family.

The Harris County Sheriff’s Office joined the Houston Police Department and other public agencies for a 4th July DWI initiative. We will increase patrols across the county during the holiday. Deputies will be on the lookout for any illegal activities, including the unlawful use of fireworks, impaired driving, and celebratory gunfire. Please report suspicious activities to our non-emergency line at 713-221-6000. In case of emergencies, dial 9-1-1.

Have a safe and happy Fourth of July!

WATCH: Fourth of July Safety Tips


Sheriff Ed Gonzalez and the Harris County Sheriff’s Office wishes everyone a happy and safe 4th of July!

HCSO Supports Unity

June is recognized globally as Pride Month, a time to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community, honor their history, and advocate for equal rights. June was particularly significant as it commemorates the Stonewall Riots of 1969, a pivotal event in the fight for LGBTQ+ rights.

The Harris County Sheriff’s Office is proud to stand in solidarity with the LGBTQ+ community. We promote diversity, inclusivity, and acceptance within our ranks and countywide. Our commitment to these values is reflected in our policies, community outreach programs, and daily interactions with the public.

This year’s Pride Parade, which took place on June 29, was a vibrant and joyous celebration of love, diversity, and equality. Thousands of participants, including many from the Sheriff’s Office, marched through the streets of Houston, showcasing their support for the LGBTQ+ community. Sheriff Ed Gonzalez showed his support, passing out goodies and taking pictures with community members. Our deputies were on hand to ensure the safety and security of all attendees, working seamlessly with event organizers and volunteers.

The Harris County Sheriff’s Office remains committed to fostering an inclusive environment for all residents and employees. We continue to work towards creating policies that promote equality and protect the rights of the LGBTQ+ community. Our efforts include providing ongoing training for our deputies on LGBTQ+ issues, sensitivity, and inclusivity, partnering with local LGBTQ+ organizations to support community programs and initiatives, and establishing support networks within the Sheriff’s Office to ensure LGBTQ+ employees feel valued and respected.

Thank you to all who participated in and supported the Pride Parade. Your efforts and enthusiasm make Harris County a more inclusive and welcoming place for everyone.

HCSO in the News

FOX26: Protecting the elderly from scams

According to the Federal Bureau of Investigations scams targeting individuals aged 60 and older caused over three point four billion dollars in losses last year.

And there’s no sign of these scammers slowing down anytime soon. Elderly abuse unit investigator with Harris County Sherriff’s office joins the factor to talk about how to protect your family.

Click2Houston: Baby found abandoned on walking trail released from hospital, taken in by foster family

KATY, Texas – Just as the sun was rising in the sky Saturday morning, a baby was born. Before lunch, a man dumped the baby on a walking trail near a bayou in Harris County.

The Harris County Sheriff’s Office says the baby was found wrapped in a towel around 9 a.m. at the end of a cul-de-sac on Casa Martin Drive.

KDHNews: Harris County Records Supervisor Paulette Green Remembered for Her Dedication

HOUSTON, Texas — The Harris County community is mourning the loss of Paulette Green, the Records Supervisor for Precinct 3.

Paulette Green joined Precinct 3 in 2017 after a lengthy tenure at the Harris County Sheriff’s Office.

Community Impact: Harris County commissioners approve $1.27M in bond funding for 7 public safety projects

Harris County commissioners at their June 25 meeting approved allocating $1.27 million in public safety bond funding for seven projects within the Harris County Sheriff’s and Fire Marshal’s offices.

Funding will go toward projects that include a training facility where first responders can train in flood and swift water rescue operations.

CW39: HCSO Hosting Citizens’ Police Academy for the Filipino Community this July

HOUSTON, TX — The Harris County Sheriff’s Office is hosting a Citizen’s police Academy dedicated to the Filipino community in Houston.

Those interested in learning more about the day-to-day tasks and what it takes to be in Law Enforcement can register to attend the event.

Letters to the Troops

The Harris County Sheriff’s Office teammates proudly joined The Bull to support our troops by sending heartfelt thank-you cards this Independence Day.

Assistant Chief of Detentions Command Phillip Bosquez joined the Bull Houston live! We want to extend our deepest gratitude to our troops for all you do. Your bravery and dedication are appreciated beyond words. Thank you for your service!

🚨Phone Scam Alert 🚨


The Harris County Sheriff’s Office warns our community about a scammer pretending to be HCSO personnel.

Please stay vigilant and follow these tips to protect yourself:

  1. Verify Identities: If someone claims to be an HCSO teammate, ask for their name and badge number, then contact HCSO at 713-221-6000 to verify.
  2. Never Share Personal Info: Do not give out personal or financial information over the phone or online unless you know the recipient’s valid identity.
  3. Beware of Threats: Legitimate law enforcement will never threaten arrest over the phone for non-payment of fines or fees.
  4. Report Suspicious Calls: If you receive a suspicious call, hang up immediately and report it to our office.
  5. Stay Informed: Educate yourself about common scams and share this information with friends and family.

Let’s work together to protect one another from scammers. If you have any concerns or questions, please call us at 713-221-6000.

July is Watch Your Car Month


Protect your ride! Here are some safety tips to prevent car theft: Always lock doors and park in well-lit areas. Stay safe out there!

Join HCSO at the VetConnect Career Day

Join the HCSO Recruitment Team at the Vetconnect Career Day, held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on July 18, 2024, at East End Maker Hub, 6501 Navigation Blvd, Houston, TX 77011.

This is a free event, and over 100 vendors will attend. You can connect with a wide range of Veteran Service Organizations and Employers. Free headshots will be available. Click HERE to register.

To learn more about our career opportunities, visit HCSOJobs.com or call 713-877-5250.

Active Attack Scenario

Last week, the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, Pasadena Police Department, and Harris County Precinct 8 Constable’s Office conducted an active attack scenario.

Thanks to all the participants! These exercises are necessary so that first responders can promptly implement a unified command in an emergency. HCSO’s priority is to save lives and ensure the safety of our community.

Honoring The Tae Kwon Do Superheroes

HCSO Community Engagement had the privilege of honoring the Yong-In Tae Kwon Do family in Cypress for their incredible acts of heroism. They exemplified courage and selflessness during a moment of crisis. They bravely intervened to save a young lady from a dangerous assault, embodying the true spirit of community and compassion.

We presented them with a certificate of appreciation to express our deepest gratitude for their bravery and quick thinking. Let’s celebrate these real-life superheroes among us!

Congratulations to our New Detention Officers

Congratulations to our 43 new detention officers on their graduation! Your hard work and dedication to serving and protecting are genuinely commendable. We are incredibly proud of your achievements!

If you know anyone seeking a fulfilling career, please refer them to our website, HCSOJobs.com, or our phone number 713-877-5250.

Keep Your Loved Ones Safe with Smart911

Stay Safe, Stay Informed: Sign Up for Smart911 Today! Smart911 allows you to create a Safety Profile for your household, providing vital information that 911 operators and first responders can access during emergencies.

Visit tinyurl.com/25sbb6yt or text us at 67283.

Message from Sheriff Ed Gonzalez – End of Watch Ride to Remember

Motorcycle riders and a memorial trailer arrived at the Harris County Sheriff’s Office Training Academy parking lot on Thursday to pay tribute to our fallen peace officers who lost their lives in the line of duty in 2022 and 2023. We honored our HCSO fallen heroes: Sgt. Ramon Gutierrez, Deputy Darren Almendarez, and Deputy Robert Adam Howard.

The Call of Duty is a nonprofit organization founded by a former deputy sheriff to support the families and communities of fallen first responders. As part of its End of Watch Ride to Remember campaign, they travel miles nationwide, visiting departments where law enforcement personnel died in the line of duty.

Gone But Not Forgotten

On January 24, 2022, Sgt. Ramon Gutierrez passed away after a fatal collision while directing traffic. He began his law enforcement career twenty years ago as a detention officer. He spent the last 13 years in our Vehicular Crimes Division. Gone but never forgotten.

On March 31, 2022, Deputy Darren Almendarez was killed when he interrupted three men attempting to steal a catalytic converter from his vehicle. He was a 23-year department veteran and worked as an Auto Theft Task Force Investigator. Gone but never forgotten.

On May 11, 2022, Deputy Robert Adam Howard passed away after a fatal collision. He was a loving husband and a caring father to his two children. He was an investigator in the Violent Gang Unit and joined our agency on August 19, 2019. Gone but never forgotten.

For 73 days, two riders will lead a memorial trailer covered in photos of peace officers who died while serving their communities. The journey is a solemn reminder that behind each picture displayed on the trailer — and each stop — are family members, teammates, and a community. They were husbands and wives, sons and daughters, partners and public servants, mothers and fathers, and brothers and sisters.

We’re grateful to the End of Watch Ride to Remember campaign coordinators for their strong commitment to honoring each of those lives on the memorial trailer. This gives our deputies and teammates another chance to reflect on their legacy.

Please visit our Sheriff’s Office Memorial Site to learn more about our fallen heroes.

Safety First: Addressing Gun Violence and Supporting the LGBTQ+ Community

Gun Violence Awareness Month is a time to reflect on the impact of gun violence in our communities and reaffirm our commitment to safety and prevention. Firearms-related incidents are a pressing issue, affecting families and neighborhoods nationwide. Because of this, we are taking necessary steps to address this challenge at the Harris County Sheriff’s Office.

Keeping the community well-informed helps prevent accidental shootings and ensures a safer environment for everyone. We believe that building solid relationships with the communities we serve is essential in addressing gun-related incidents. By fostering trust and open communication, we can identify and address the root causes of these incidents.

Tips to Prevent Accidental Gun Violence:
  1. Always Treat Guns as Loaded.
  2. Never assume a firearm is unloaded; always handle it with care.
  3. Proper Gun Storage.
  4. Store firearms unloaded in a locked safe or gun cabinet, and use gun locks as an additional safety measure. Keep ammunition stored separately from firearms in a secure and locked location.
  5. Keep Guns Out of Children’s Reach.
  6. Educate children about the dangers of firearms and the importance of not touching them. Ensure firearms are stored in a place that is inaccessible to children and unauthorized persons. Use trigger locks and other safety devices to prevent unauthorized use of weapons, and consider using biometric safes that can only be opened by the owner’s fingerprint.
  7. Educate Family Members on Gun Safety: Conduct regular training sessions with all family members. Teach everyone in the household the basic rules of gun safety, including never pointing a gun at anyone and keeping fingers off the trigger until ready to shoot.
  8. Familiarize Yourself with Gun Laws: Comply with local, state, and federal regulations regarding firearm ownership and storage.

We encourage all residents to take an active role in promoting safety and preventing violence. This includes violence against the LGBTQ+ community, as June is also Pride Month. These attacks are often worsened by hate and prejudice. According to national statistics, LGBTQ+ individuals, particularly transgender women of color, face disproportionately high rates of violence, including gun violence. This highlights the urgent need for targeted safety measures and community support.

Whether participating in local events, advocating for responsible gun ownership, or supporting community-based initiatives, everyone has a part to play in making Harris County safer. Together, we can make a difference and work towards a future where gun violence is no longer a threat to our communities.

HCSO Honors and Celebrates Freedom Day

Juneteenth, observed on June 19, commemorates a significant moment in American history. On this day in 1865, Union General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas, and announced the end of the Civil War and the freedom of all enslaved people. This was two and a half years after President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, which had officially outlawed slavery in the Confederate states. Since then, the day has become a time to honor African American heritage and celebrate freedom.

This year, the Harris County Sheriff’s Office proudly participated in the Juneteenth parade, joining the community in celebrating this important day. Communities across the nation celebrate Juneteenth with parades and family gatherings. It is a day to recognize African Americans’ resilience and achievements and to acknowledge the importance of continuing the fight against racial injustice.

At HCSO, we are committed to supporting and recognizing the rich cultural history and achievements of African Americans in Harris County.

HCSO in the News

KHOU: Sheriff: Houston-area taekwondo instructors stop woman from sexual assault, subdue suspect

HARRIS COUNTY, Texas — A family of taekwondo instructors were able to save a woman from an attack in the Cypress area on Tuesday, according to Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez.

Gonzalez said instructors from Yong-In Tae Kwon Do sprung into action when they heard some commotion going on next door.

CW39: Parents urged to preach safe driving during 100 Deadliest Days for teen drivers

HOUSTON (KIAH) Summertime means more free time for young people, and that can lead to dangerous behaviors behind the wheel.

AAA Texas calls the time period between Memorial Day and Labor Day the 100 Deadliest Days for teen drivers, and the statistics back it up.

KHOU11: Harris County jail testing tablets to connect inmates with family, friends

The Harris County Sheriff’s Office said the tablets could help limit the amount of contraband brought into the jail.

Harris County jail testing tablets to connect inmates with family, friends. Currently, two jail facilities have access to tablets to connect with loved ones, a free law library, and educational programs.

MSNBC: Justin Timberlake’s DWI arrest is a dark reminder of a deadly problem

By Tess Rowland, Tess Rowland is the roadway safety initiative liaison at the Harris County Sheriff’s Office.

News of Justin Timberlake’s arrest early Tuesday on suspicion of driving while intoxicated was for a few hours one of the top stories on the internet.

Sheriff Ed Gonzalez Recognized as PRSA Communicator of the Year

Congratulations to Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez for receiving the PRSA Houston CEO Communicator of the Year Award! Chief Tommy Diaz accepted the award on the Sheriff’s behalf.

Communication is essential to law enforcement. It helps connect the community with those dedicated to serving and protecting.

At HCSO, we are committed to keeping our community informed, engaged, and connected. Sheriff is honored to serve one of the nation’s most diverse communities, Harris County.

“Ensuring everyone receives timely and accurate information is essential to our mission,” said Sheriff Gonzalez. “This award is a testament to my team’s dedication and hard work. To my team, I appreciate your dedication and consistent efforts to ensure our message is impactful and clear.”

Together, we will continue to make Harris County a place where every voice is heard and every person feels safe.

HCSO Teammate of the Week

Harris County Sheriff’s Office Teammate 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 May 26, 2024, my family, our church, and I celebrated Memorial Day at Bay Area Park. While at the park, we saw Deputy Hubbard working park patrol, making several rounds to check on residents and ensure there were no issues. Deputy Hubbard stopped by to engage us in conversation, asking how things were and the occasion. This simple act of kindness shows the type of individual Deputy Hubbard is and displays excellent character, which should not go unnoticed. Deputy Hubbard went out in 95-degree heat to engage with some residents in conversation. He patrols the park, ensures safety, and enforces laws. Special thanks to Deputy Hubbard for going above and beyond what his duties were that day.”

Deputy Hubbard has been with our agency for 27 years. He began his law enforcement career in 1997 as a detention officer and became a deputy in 1998. Currently, he is assigned to Traffic Enforcement in West Harris County’s District 4.

Celebrating the 2024 National Association of Counties Achievement Award Recipients

Congratulations to HCSO Jail Women’s Empowerment Center (WEC) for winning the 2024 National Association of Counties Achievement Award! We are grateful for our teammates and partners! The WEC symbolizes hope, resilience, and transformation for countless women in our care. Congratulations!

Under the guidance of Sheriff Ed Gonzalez, HCSO opened the Women’s Empowerment Center on February 15, 2023. WEC houses qualifying female incarcerated residents full-time in a holistic approach to gender-specific programming. The center offers education, self-care, counseling, and job training to provide residents and their families with a better future.

K9 Dudley to the Rescue

Thanks to the work of our amazing K9 Dudley, a lost child was reunited with her family earlier today. Using items belonging to the child, such as pants and a hair band, K9 Dudley led deputies to the intersection of TC Jester and 1960. Deputies later learned that the child had boarded a bus at this intersection and traveled to another location, where she was found safely. Fantastic work, K9 Dudley!

100 Deadliest Days of Summer Awareness

The Harris County Sheriff’s Office joined the American Automobile Association (AAA) and the Harris County District Attorney’s Office to raise awareness for the ‘100 Deadliest Days of Summer’ — the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day when teen traffic fatalities spike.

HCSO also discussed ongoing efforts to prevent street racing. Let’s make this summer safer together by driving safely and responsibly.

National Night Out Festivities

Registration for the 2024 National Night Out is now open! Sheriff Ed Gonzalez and the Harris County Sheriff’s Office look forward to coming together again for National Night Out festivities on October 1, 2024, and celebrating the true meaning of this tradition – community.

If your neighborhood plans to participate and would like HCSO to attend, please register at https://tinyurl.com/nrnht3yp.

For further information or inquiries, please get in touch with the HCSO Community Engagement Division at community.engagementfiv@sheriff.hctx.net or 346-286-3125.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving Recognizes HCSO

The Harris County Sheriff’s Office was honored to join the Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) at their Law Enforcement Recognition luncheon. Thank you, MADD, for recognizing our officers’ dedication and commitment to protecting our roads by removing impaired drivers. Your support and acknowledgment inspire us to continue our mission for a safer community and to end impaired driving for all.

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!

HCSO in the News

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 HCSOJobs.com 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 www.mentalhealthtx.org.

Local Mental Health Authorities (LMHAs) and Community Mental Health Centers offer mental health services in communities throughout Texas. To locate your nearest LMHA, visit Resources.hhs.texas.gov/pages/find-services 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 HCSOJobs.com 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 https://tinyurl.com/3dkcnfep 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!