Message from Sheriff Ed Gonzalez – Stronger Together!

Please join me in congratulating and welcoming 47 new deputies to the Harris County Sheriff’s Office. After six months of tireless dedication in our Basic Peace Officer Course (BPOC) training, their hard work, and sacrifice are paying off. Class B2-2019 celebrated their graduation last Tuesday, and earlier this year they had a badge pinning ceremony.

Today, we also welcome 21 new sworn-in detention officers who have worked hard and completed the Basic County Corrections Course (BCCC) at our academy. The new teammates are eager to serve their community. I wish them the best as they start their next chapter in their careers, and hope their journeys are fulfilling and safe. I’m extremely proud of all our new teammates, and welcome them to the HCSO family!

My teammates responded to some tragic fatal crashes last weekend. On Sunday, a cyclist was struck and killed by a Dodge pickup truck who failed to stop and render aid. It’s heartbreaking to see a lifeless body and know that the driver responsible fled the scene. If you have any information please contact 713-221-6000.

Traffic deaths involving pedestrians/cyclists are far too frequent in our region. We as a community share a responsibility to avoid these tragedies. Avoid speeding and distractions while driving, do not drink and drive, and stay safe by always crossing the street at designated crosswalks. Let’s work together and do our best to avoid tragic accidents that can be prevented.

Staying alert

As the number of COVID-19 cases continues to climb across the state, we need to stay vigilant and protect ourselves. Getting past this virus is a shared responsibility, please stay home if at all possible, wear face masks, and practice social distancing.

Please stay home if you are sick. If you want to get tested click here or call 832-927-7575. The Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center is seeking residents who had a positive COVID-19 diagnosis and are now fully recovered, with no symptoms for at least 28 days to help others in their recovery. Click here to learn more and see if you meet the qualifications to donate.

If you need assistance dealing with the virus please visit There are programs to help with basic needs including housing, food, and healthcare. Dial 211 for more information.

Let’s end the week on a high note and give our K9 Unit a follow on social media! They are an integral part of our agency and they help keep you safe. Click on the video below to learn more about our K9 Unit. Click here to follow them on Twitter and here for Instagram and have a pawsome weekend!

To all of our readers, thank you for pausing every week to read our newsletter. I appreciate all of your support for our agency as we continue to serve and protect you and your families. Please remember that we are stronger together. Stay safe and stay strong. God bless you, and God bless the Harris County Sheriff’s Office.

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