Message from Sheriff Ed Gonzalez – Mourning the Loss of Cadet Anderson

The men and women of the Harris County Sheriff’s Office mourn the loss of Cadet Cornelius Anderson. We are deeply saddened by the passing of a beloved friend and public servant, and we offer our sincere condolences and prayers to Cadet Anderson’s family and friends.

Cadet Anderson, 28, joined our HCSO family in December 2019 as a detention officer assigned to the 1200 Baker Street facility. He was completing his first week of training in the Basic Peace Officer’s Course at the academy in Humble when he experienced a medical emergency that took his life on Sunday, July 12. Cadet Anderson did not get to fulfill his goal of becoming a deputy, but we intend to deputize him posthumously and his funeral will be conducted Monday with full honors.

Cadet Anderson represents the best of us, and he is a credit to the profession, this agency and our community. Let’s continue to pray for Cadet Anderson’s family and all his colleagues and classmates preparing for a career of service to our communities.

Motor Assistance Program (M.A.P.) Announces Expansion

Starting Monday, July 20, the Harris County Sheriff’s Office and its partners will offer expanded service hours for its no-cost Motor Assistance Program (M.A.P.). Stranded motorists on Harris County freeways can call M.A.P. for immediate roadside assistance, 24 hours a day, Monday through Friday.

The free roadside assistance program is designed to remove stranded motorists on Harris County freeways to a nearby safe location, reducing traffic congestion and keeping motorists and first responders safe. Services include:

  • Change a flat tire
  • Jump-start a car
  • Assist with minor engine repair
  • Supply fuel, water and/or air
  • Remove stranded vehicles from roadways
  • Provide stranded motorists with courtesy transportation to a safe location

As travelers take to area roads and freeways, safety should always be a top priority. The Sheriff’s Office responds to several fatality crashes with stranded motorists a year. The expansion of this quick clearance program is another step toward reducing secondary incidents, keeping traffic moving, and most importantly, saving lives. For more information about M.A.P., click here or call 713-CALL-MAP (713-225-5627) for immediate roadside assistance.

Watch Your Car Month

The summer months are historically one of the riskiest times of the year for vehicle burglary and theft in Texas, but you can take simple steps to protect your vehicle.

The Auto Burglary and Theft Prevention Authority (ABTPA) offers the following precautions to reduce your chances of becoming a victim of vehicle burglary or theft:

  • Always lock your vehicle and take your keys.
  • Never leave your car unattended while it is running.
  • Park in a well-lit area.
  • Take valuables with you when you are not in your vehicle or keep them out of sight.
  • Give parking attendants the ignition key only.
  • Install an anti-theft device.

For more information on how to protect yourself, visit ABTPA online.

Stay Vigilant

Keep doing your part to protect yourself, your loved ones, and your neighbors from COVID-19. Harris County Public Health encourages you to regularly monitor CDC recommendations and to take advantage of free testing in your area. Click here to schedule a test or call 832-927-7575.

God bless you, and God bless the Harris County Sheriff’s Office.

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