HCSO 2022 Annual Report

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2022 HarrisCountySheriff’sOffice ANNUALREPORT FULFILLINGOURMISSION

EDGONZALEZ SHERIFF

Iamimmenselyproudofthededicationandeffort tocontinuallyimprovethateachpersoninourdepartmentdemonstrateseachday.Thepagesthat followreflectthisdedicationandeffortandthe valuesoftheHarrisCountySheriff’sOffice.

Wearecommittedtoworkingwithourcommunity toenhancethequalityoflifeofeverycitizen,to reducecrime,andtoprovideasafeandproductiveenvironmentforthoseincarceratedinour jails.

Wearesteadfastinourcommitmenttothesevalues,toimplementingthebestpracticesincriminaljustice,andtotransparencythroughadatadrivenmodelofcommunitypolicing.Thisannual reportwillgiveyouaglimpseoftheprogress madeintheHarrisCountySheriff’sOfficein2022 andourpursuitofexcellence.

EdGonzalez

MIKELEE CHIEFDEPUTY

Iamdeeplygratefulfortheopportunitytoserve themenandwomenoftheHarrisCountySheriff’s OfficeastheirChiefDeputy.Together,wehave madegreatprogresstowardourgoalofmaking theHarrisCountySheriff’sOfficethepremier sheriff’sofficeinthenation.Asyoureadthrough thisannualreport,youwilllearnmoreaboutour visionandthemanyaccomplishmentsoftheHarrisCountySheriff’sOfficein2022.Theseaccomplishmentsareonlypossiblethroughtheefforts ofallthededicatedmembersofthisdepartment: certified,detentions,andprofessionalstaff.

Iwillcontinuetoworkdiligentlytoprovidethe bestservicepossibletothecitizensofHarris CountyandtheteammembersoftheHarris CountySheriff’sOffice.

MikeLee
CONTENTS EXECUTIVECOMMAND 08 ChiefDeputyEdisonToquicaRetires09 Sheriff’sHolidayToyDrive10 30x30Initiative12 MediaRelationsUnit13 SocialMedia14 AgencyPersonnelandAgencyBudget15 ADMINISTRATIVEOPERATIONSCOMMAND 16 NewPromotionalProcess17 CareerDevelopment18 BehavioralHealthDivision21 TrainingAcademy22 EvidenceandPropertyRoom/SupportDogGabriel23 LAWENFORCEMENTCOMMAND 24 MurderClearanceRate25 ViolentPersonsTaskForce26 Employ2EmpowerProgram27 AirOperations/SpecialWeaponsandTactics28 HolisticAssistanceResponseTeam(HART)Program29 PatrolCallsforService30 MapofPatrolDistricts31 NeighborhoodContractPolicing32 NewBodyWornCamera33 TelecommunicatoroftheYear34 #HarrisCountySafeViolentCrimeInitiative35 ViolentCrimeReductionInitiative36 SafeCam37 BombUnit/MarineUnit38 HonorGuard39 SecurityMonitoringandAssessmentGroup(SMAG)40

LAWENFORCEMENTCOMMAND(continued)

Disclaimer

Theinformationprovidedinthisannualreportisintendedforgeneralinformationalpurposes only.Whileweendeavourtoprovideup-to-dateandcorrectinformation,wemakenorepresentationsorwarrantiesofthecompletenessoraccuracyoftheinformationinthereport.

OUR MISSION

ToenhancethesafetyandprotectthetrustofthecitizensofHarrisCountybyenforcingthelawwithintegrityandprofessionalism.

OUR MOTTO

21st centuryleadinglawenforcementagency.

OUR VALUES

Meritandmaintainthepublic’strust. Embraceanddeliverprofessionalservice. Protectourcitizenswithhonorandcourage. Exemplifyethicalconductatalltimes. Develop,encourage,andcareforourSheriff’sOfficefamily.

DETENTIONCOMMAND 51 ArmedDetentionOfficersProgram(ADOP)52 BrothersinArmsProgramforMilitaryVeterans53 NationalJailTrainingInitiative54 Women’sEmpowermentCenter55 HeideLaserReceivesCongressionalRecognition56 AverageDailyPopulation57 InmateAssault/AverageLengthofStay58 MentalHealthServices/MentalHealthStatistics59 LaundryandFoodServicesStatistics61
IN MEMORIAM 62 K9Unit/TrafficEnforcement41 NationalNightOut42 BehavioralHealthPrograms44 CrimeReductionUnit/ParksUnit45 CrimeSceneInvestigations/AutoTheftUnit46 CrimesAgainstPersons47 PropertyCrimes48 VehicularCrimes49 SpecialInvestigations50 DeputyDarrenAlmendarez63 SergeantRamonGutierrez63
DeputyRobertHoward63

“EveryoneinHarrisCounty shouldbeproudofthework beingdoneattheHarris CountySheriff’sOffice (HCSO),whetheritisthereductionofviolentcrimewe haveseenthroughtargeted programssuchastheHarris CountySafehotspotsprogram,theViolentPersons TaskForce,ortheincredible progressmadewithprograms tohelpthementallyill.I salutetheHCSOandSheriff Gonzalezandlookforwardto continuedsuccessinmaking HarrisCountythesafestit canbe.”

“IwanttosharemyappreciationfortheHarris CountySheriff’sOffice (HCSO).Theyhavebeen veryhelpfulincombating thehomelessissuesinthe areaandcontinuetowork withus.Ourpartnership withtheHCSOhasbeena terrificbenefittoourorganization,andIlookforwardtocontinuingtowork withtheminthefuture.”

“ThePoliceExecutiveResearchForum(PERF)has workedwithSheriffGonzalezandChiefDeputy MikeLeeonanumberof projectsandhasbeen continuallyimpressed.We visitedandsawfirsthand howtheagencyworksto identifymentalhealthand addictionissues.Allof theseeffortsreflectan agencyadoptingcutting edgepractices.”

“ThecollaborationThe HarrisCenterforMental Health(TheHarrisCenter) haswiththeHarrisCounty Sheriff’sOfficeisoneof whichIammostproud. Ouramazingpartnership hascreatedopportunityto transformthelivesof thosewithbehavioral healthconcerns.Iamconfidentourpartnershipwill continuetocreateawardwinningapproachesto workingtogetherandnationallyrecognizedbest practices.”

WayneYoung ChiefExecutiveOfficer TheHarrisCenter
ChuckWexler ExecutiveDirector PERF SteveMcKinney President McKinneyRestaurant Management AdrianGarcia Commissioner HarrisCountyPrecinct2 ThomasDiaz AssistantChief PhillipBosquez
TonyHuynh AssistantChief AssistantChief JasonSpencer ChiefofStaff EXECUTIVETEAM LawEnforcementCommand AdministrativeOperationsCommand DetentionCommand ExecutiveCommand
HARRISCOUNTYSHERIFF’SOFFICE PG 8
EXECUTIVECOMMAND EXECUTIVECOMMAND EXECUTIVECOMMAND EXECUTIVECOMMAND EXECUTIVECOMMAND

CHIEFDEPUTYEDISONTOQUICARETIRESAFTER33 YEARSOFSERVICE

ChiefToquicabeganhislawenforcementcareerin1989as adetentionofficer.Hebecameacertifiedpeaceofficerin 1990aftergraduatingfromtheHarrisCountySheriff’sOffice Academy,ClassB3-90.

Duringhis33-yearcareerwiththeHCSO,ChiefDeputy Toquicaworkedinnearlyeverybureauintheagency,includingdetentions,patrol,patrolsupportservices,criminalinvestigations,inspectorgeneral,andhomelandsecurity.

In2014hewaspromotedtotherankofmajor.In2017he wasappointedtoChiefDeputyandservedinthatcapacity untilhisretirementinOctober2022.

PG 10 28th AnnualHarrisCountySheriff’sOfficeHolidayToyDrive ApartnershipwiththeChildren’sAssessmentCenter andtheHarrisCountySheriff’sOfficeFoundation Over800toysweredistributed;660of thosegiftsweredonatedbyHarris CountySheriff’sOfficeemployees

AnnualHarrisCountySheriff’sOfficeHolidayToyDrive

TheChildren’sAssessmentCenter servesabusedchildreninHarris County

TheHarrisCountySheriff’sOfficeFoundation donated$5,000forthepurchaseoftoysandhas fundedthedriveforthepastsevenyears

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NATIONALINITIATIVE

THEGOAL

Toincreasetherepresentationofwomen inpolicerecruitclassesto30%by2030, andtoensurepolicepoliciesandculture supportthesuccessofqualifiedwomen throughouttheircareers.

THECURRENTSITUATION

Womenmakeuponly12%ofswornofficersand3%of policeleadershipintheUnitedStates.Womenmake up17%ofsworn(certified)personnelintheHCSO.

THERESEARCH

Womenofficersuselessforceandless excessiveforce,arenamedinfewer complaintsandlawsuits,areperceived bycommunitiesasbeingmorehonest andcompassionate,andseebetter outcomesforcrimevictims,especially insexualassaultcases.

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MEDIARELATIONSUNIT

TheHarrisCountySheriff’sOfficeworkshardtodevelopcommunitytrustthroughpositiverelationshipswiththelocalmediaandthe community.MediaRelationspersonnelareessentialtothistask.Theyreachouttothecommunitytosharealertsandpressreleases, preventandsolvecrime,andsharewhatishappeningintheSheriff’sOffice.Beyondbeingactiveonsocialmedia,MediaRelations serveseachbureauandcommandoftheSheriff’sOfficebyhelpingtocreatebrochures,pamphlets,posters,publishinganagency newsletter,andproducingvideos.Additionally,theyrespondtoopenrecordsrequests,mediareleases,websitee-mails,mediainquiries,interviews,andon-sceneresponses.

2022STATISTICS

▶ 56mediareleases

▶ 13,567Texasopenrecordsrequests

▶ 698websitee-mails

▶ 156mediainterviews

▶ 140on-sceneresponses

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SOCIALMEDIA

Facebook

Followers:92K

Tweets:529

Impressions:3.1M

ProfileVisits:1.6M

Mentions:13K

Note:

Nextdoor Twitter

Followers:210K

PageReach:7.2M

PageVisits:750K

PageLikes:28K

Instagram

Followers:19K

Members:700K

PageReach:56K

PageVisits:25K

PageLikes:1.5K

Households:400K

Neighborhoods:1.5K

Comments:6.6K

ThereareseveralsocialmediaaccountswithintheHarrisCountySheriff’sOffice,includingSheriffGonzalez,ChiefDeputyMikeLee,thefivepatroldistricts,theCrimeSceneUnit,etc.TheanalyticsaboveareforthemainHarrisCountySheriff’sOfficeaccounts.

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PERSONNELANDBUDGET

15 PG PROFESSIONALSTAFF DETENTIONS LAWENFORCEMENT 48.4% 2,237 36.4% 1,681 15.08% 696 4,614 AGENCYTOTAL AGENCYPERSONNEL 40.9% $263.2M 43.8% $281.3M 15.1% $97.5M DETENTIONS INMATEMEDICAL AGENCYBUDGET $642M LAWENFORCEMENT AGENCYTOTAL

HARRISCOUNTYSHERIFF’SOFFICE

ADMINISTRATIVEOPERATIONSCOMMAND

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ENHANCEDPROMOTIONALPROCESS

Fewprocessesinalawenforcementagencyhaveasfar-reachingconsequences asthepromotionalprocess.Thefutureleadershipoftheagencyhangsinthebalance.AsignificantrevisionoftheHCSOpromotionalprocesswasmadein2022, thefirstrevisionin23years.Detailedinformationonthenewpromotionalprocess isoutlinedinCivilServiceRule14,PromotionsandEligibilityLists.

Someofthesignificantrevisionsincludethefollowing:

▶ Pointsgivenformilitaryservice

▶ Pointsgivenforhighereducation

▶ Thenumberofdaystostudyarespecified

▶ Thetestisgivenjustonce

▶ Outsideassessmentforsergeant,lieutenant,andcaptain

▶ Thereisaconsistentprocessfortelecommunicators

FormoreinformationonCivilServiceRule14,therule canbelocatedat: https://civilserv.harriscountytx.gov/Documents/ RULE%2014%20Final%206-11-21-Revised.pdf.

SeniorManagementInstitute forPolice(SMIP)

SMIP isademandingthree-week courseprovidedbythePoliceExecutiveResearchForumatBoston University.SusanCotter(thirdfrom left)andCaptainJerryPhilpot(fifth fromleft)successfullycompletedthe course.

CAREERDEVELOPMENT

InternationalAssociationof ChiefsofPolice(IACP)Women’s LeadershipInstitute (Lefttoright)SofiaSilva,Shonda Bower,EllysaRhen,Lakisha

Cheatham,BrittanyJones,Ebonie Butler,StephanieVillegas,Lameka White,andMeganHerrin(notinpictureChristineMcGee)successfully completedtheinstituteprovidedby theInternationalAssociationof ChiefsofPolice(IACP).

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CAREERDEVELOPMENT

CrimeSceneInvestigator Certification

Onesergeantand10crimesceneinvestigators (CSIs)successfullycompletedaweek-longInternationalAssociationofIdentification(IAI)certificationclasses.All11passedtheverydemandingend-of-classtest.TheHCSOnowhas thehighestnumberofCSIsintheagency’shistory.

SchoolofPoliceStaff andCommand

LieutenantAricAlbers(left)andCaptain TobyKroegergraduatedfromNorthwesternUniversity’sSchoolofPolice Staff&Command(SPSC).Theintensivecurriculumfocusesonsuchcritical areasasplanningandpolicies,media relations,budgetingandresourceallocation,humanresources,contemporary policing,andmore.

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CAREERDEVELOPMENT

FBINationalAcademy

Establishedin1935,theNationalAcademy providesadvancedinvestigative,management,andfitnesstrainingtoseniorofficers whoareprovenleaderswithintheirorganizations.Undergraduateandgraduate-level coursesareofferedinareassuchaslaw,behavioralandforensicscience,understanding terrorismandterrorists,andleadershipdevelopment.Theprogramalsoemphasizes physicalfitness,andstudentstrainwith academyfitnessinstructorsduringtheir10 weeksatQuanticototacklethe“YellowBrick Road,”agrueling6.1milerunandobstacle course.Uponcompletionofthecoursethey receiveayellowbricktosignifytheiraccomplishment.

CaptainSaulSuarez,LieutenantBryanBuccini,LieutenantDarleneThomas,andLieutenantLisaStronggraduatedfromtheFBI NationalAcademyin2022.

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CaptainSaulSuarez LieutenantDarleneThomas LieutenantBryanBuccini LieutenantLisaStrong

BEHAVIORALHEALTHDIVISION

TheBehavioralHealthDivision(BHD)wasestablishedin2020withthemissiontosupporttheemotionalhealthandwell-beingofHarrisCounty Sheriff’sOffice(HCSO)employeesandtheirfamilies.ThisprogramofsupportservicesisthefirstofitskindfortheHCSO.

InadditiontobehavioralhealthclinicalservicesforemployeesandeligiblefamilymembersandeducationandtrainingforallHCSOemployees, theBHDprovides24/7consultationtoCIRTunits,PEERSupportTeammembers,supervisors,commandstaff,andtheSheriff.TheBHDdirector consultsonadvancingwellness-relatedpolicytoimproveemployeemorale,well-being,resilience,andretention.

2022STATISTICS

▶ 92incidentresponses(callouts)

▶ 5,415trainingcontacthours

▶ 67wellnesscheckvisits

▶ 1,380routineclinicvisits

▶ 44postcriticalincidentvisits

BehavioralHealthDivisionStaff2022

(Lefttoright)BrandiWisniewski,administrativeassistant;Dr.RobertSeals, director;JeffManzer,licensedcounselor;ChristieAllan,licensedcounselor; Dr.ThomasMcNeese,psychologist.

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TRAININGACADEMY

CLASSESTAUGHT AcademyOn-Site HCSOOnline Off-Site 189 500 1,365
2,054
AcademyOn-Site HCSOOnline Off-Site 16,188 76,624 217,275
310,087 CONTACTHOURS

EVIDENCE&PROPERTYROOM

ThemissionoftheEvidence&PropertyRoomistoprovideprofessional care,custody,andcontrolofallpropertysubmissionsbytheHarrisCounty Sheriff’sOffice;HarrisCountyConstableOfficeprecincts2,3,4and5;and stateexhibitsreceivedfromthecountyanddistrictcourtsofHarrisCounty.

TheEvidence&PropertyRoomisresponsibleforwarehousingitemsidentifiedasbeingabandoned,recovered,stolen,and/ororderedrestoredtotheir ownersordestroyedbytherespectivecourts.

NineteenemployeesareassignedtotheEvidence&PropertyRoom:2 sergeants,3clerks,3part-timedeputies,and11full-timedeputies.

TheEvidence&PropertyRoomreceived66,903itemsin2022.Ofthese,3,658 werefirearms.

SUPPORTDOGGABRIEL

Employersareincreasinglyallowingdogsintheworkplace.Supportdogshavebeenshowntolowerstresslevelsinindividuals wholovedogswhichcontributestoafriendlierworkenvironment.Havingdogsintheworkplacecanresultinhigheroverall employeesatisfaction,improvedmorale,andfacilitatesanatmosphereofbetterteamwork.

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HARRISCOUNTYSHERIFF’SOFFICE

LAWENFORCEMENTCOMMAND LAWENFORCEMENTCOMMAND LAWENFORCEMENTCOMMAND LAWENFORCEMENTCOMMAND LAWENFORCEMENTCOMMAND PG 24
PG 25 Nationalclearancerate in2021 ChicagoPoliceDept. HarrisCountySheriff’sOffice BaltimorePoliceDept. 50% 89% 41% 35% 47% 69% 42% DenverPoliceDept. LouisvilleMetroPoliceDept. MiamiPoliceDept. PortlandPoliceDept. TucsonPoliceDept. 82%
HCSOmurderclearance ratefor2022was86% 2021 2022RATE 2021murderclearancerateswereusedbecauseofthetimedelayobtaining2022data fromoutsideagencies. 54%
MURDERCLEARANCERATE

VIOLENTPERSONSTASKFORCE

TheViolentPersonsTaskForcewasimplementedinSeptember2022toaddressthe backlogofoutstandingwarrantsinHarrisCounty.Itisamulti-agencytaskforcemodeled aftertheverysuccessfulUSMarshalsFugitiveTaskForcefundedbytheAmericanRescuePlanAct(ARPA).Thetaskforcehastwoteams.Thetotalnumberofpersonnelassignedtothesetwoteamsis10HCSOdeputiesand6deputyconstables.Thefollowing HarrisCountyconstableagenciesareparticipating:precincts1,2,3,5,6,and8.

Individualswithrevokedandforfeitedbondsforseriousoffensesareatoppriorityforthe taskforce.Theprioritizationofwarrantsis:aggravatedrobbery,aggravatedassault,aggravatedsexualassaultofachild,injurytoachild,aggravatedassaultfamilymember,andaggravatedsexualassault.

Withthiscollaboration,agencieswillnolongerbeworkinginsilosandrestrictedbygeography.Thetaskforcewillexecutewarrantsthroughoutall ofHarrisCounty.Thetaskforcecleared432outstandingwarrantsand 9murderwarrantsin2022. Averagenumberofwarrants

6,000

A71%increase over 2019

3,500

receivedeachmonthin 2021/2022
Averagenumberofwarrants receivedeachmonthprior to2019

INNOVATINGTOCATALYZEEMPLOYMENTOFTHEHOMELESS

HarrisCountyPrecinct2CommissionerAdrianGarciawasinvitedto theWhiteHousetobepartoftheAmericanRescuePlan WorkforceSummit.CommissionerGarciahighlightedthecountywideEmploy2Empower(E2E) workforceprogramthatisfundedbytheAmericanRescuePlanAct(ARPA)andthatprovidesemploymentopportunitiestoindividuals experiencinghomelessness.

CommissionerGarciachampionedandinitiatedthepilotprograminJune2021incollaborationwiththeHarrisCountySheriff’sOffice HomelessOutreachTeam.Individualsarerecruitedfromencampments.Participantsareprovided wrap-aroundservices.Theyarepaid$15anhourtoperform

taskssuchasgraffitiabatement,pressurewashingcountyfacilities, andpainting.Theprogramallowsparticipantstoeasetheirway backintotheworkforce.Theyareprovidedtransportation toandfromtheirjobsiteandareprovidedbreakfastand lunchwhilereceivingcareerrecoveryservices.

Thekeystotheprogramaretheinvolvementofthe localnon-profitCareerandRecoveryResourcesthat providescasemanagementtoprogramparticipants andalawenforcementagency-theHarrisCounty Sheriff’sOffice-thathascompassionateprogramsfor individualsexperiencinghomelessness.

EMPLOY2EMPOWERPROGRAM
videemployment opportunitiesto
homelessness.” 2022STATISTICS ▶ 346worksites ▶ 184workers ▶ 185specialprojects AdrianGarcia
“Thegoalistopro-
thoseimpactedby
Commissioner Precinct2

TheAirOperationsUnithassixhelicopters,onefixedwingaircraft,sixpilots,andsixtacticalflightofficers (TFOs).Theunitprovidesanaerialviewpointforassistingwithfootandcarchases,missingperson searches,criminalsurveillance,photo-reconnaissanceflightsanddisasterrelief.EverymissionincludesapilotandTFO.TheTFOcommunicateswith unitsonthegroundandoperatesmultiplecamerasas wellasthespotlight.Theunitalsoutilizesdrones.

2022STATISTICS

▶ 930missionsconducted

▶ 147vehiclepursuits

▶ 106criminalinvestigations

▶ 190assistedarrests

Atacticalresponsemaybeneededwheneveroneor moreofthefollowingcircumstancesarepresent:active shooter,terroristincident,hostagesituation,barricaded subjectwhohasthreatenedthelifeofanother,oranysituationwhereaheightenedrisktothesafetyofofficersor thepublicexistsorisanticipated.SWATalsoassistswith theexecutionofhigh-riskwarrantsandassistsother agenciesuponrequest.

28arrestwarrantexecutions
SPECIALWEAPONSANDTACTICS(SWAT) 2022STATISTICS ▶ 73call-outoperations ▶ 18searchwarrantexecutions ▶
▶ 12,174traininghours AIROPERATIONS

HOLISTICASSISTANCERESPONSETEAM(HART)

TheHolisticAssistanceResponseTeam(HART)isanon-lawenforcementcrisisresponseprogramthatmobilizestwo-person,unarmedteams composedofonebehavioralhealthcrisisinterventionspecialistandoneemergencymedicaltechnician.Theteamsrespondtonon-violent,noncriminal911callsrelatedtomentalhealth,homelessness,anddruguse.HARTbecameoperationalinMarch2022.Itisa12-monthpilotwithan optiontorenewevery12monthsuptofouradditionalyears.TheprogramisplacedinHarrisCountyPublicHealthandworkscloselywiththeHarris CountySheriff’sOffice.HARTisdeployedindistrictoneandhastwoteamsinthefieldperdayfrom0700to2200hourssevendaysaweek. FeaturesofHARTincludethefollowing:

▶ ItisthefourthbranchofHarrisCounty’s911emergencyresponse

▶ Itisbasedontime-testedcommunityresponsemodels

▶ HARToperatesindependentlyfromlawenforcement

▶ LawenforcementmayrefercallstoHART

▶ HARTisanearlyinterventionhelpingtodivertindividuals

▶ HARTallowspolicetofocusonmoreseriouscalls

▶ HARThelpsreducedependenceonpolice 2022STATISTICS

▶ 1,612totalcalls

▶ 554welfarechecks ▶ 290suspiciouspersonscalls ▶ 196mentalhealthcalls ▶ 145meetthecitizencalls ▶ 77medicalcalls ▶ 71disturbancecalls

2022PATROLCALLSBYDISTRICT

NOTE:District4numbersarehigherduetothelargenumberofcontractsinthisdistrictandself-initiatedcallsforservicesuchascontractchecks

PG 30 1 5 4 3 2 262,136 204,336 431,425 233,378 211,454 260,549 +0.60% 219,963 -7.10% 445,443 -3.14% 209,624 +11.33% 222,855 –5.11%
DISTRICT DISTRICT DISTRICT DISTRICT DISTRICT 2021COMPARISON Dispatchedcallsforserviceandself-initiatedcalls

PATROLDISTRICTS

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NEIGHBORHOODCONTRACTPOLICING

TheHarrisCountySheriff’sOffice(HCSO)contractswithhomeownerassociations,municipalutilitydistricts(MUDs),andindependent schooldistricts(ISDs)tohavelawenforcementpersonnelassignedtoaspecificareatoprovidesupplementalpatrolservicestothat area.ThecostoftheprogramissplitbetweenHarrisCountyandtheneighborhood,MUD,orISD.TheHCSOoffersannualcontracts whereeither70%,80%,or100%ofthedeputy’sorsergeant’stimeisdedicatedtotheneighborhood,MUD,orISD.

ThecontractprogramwasestablishedbyHarrisCountyCommissioner’sCourtinthe 1980sandisoverseenbytheHCSONeighborhoodPolicingDivision.HCSOpersonnelworkingcontractshavefullaccesstothemanymodelprogramsinthe HCSO.Thespecificdetailsofthecontractaredevelopedcollaboratively betweentheHCSOandtheneighborhood,MUD,orISD.

TheHCSOcurrentlyhas125contractswith335personnelworking them.

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NEWBODYWORNCAMERASYSTEM

Theplatform,providedbyUtility,includesabodycamera andmuchmore.Theplatformprovidesdigitalevidence management,in-carvideo,andadvancedbodycameras.

Thebodycameraiscontainedinapocketintheinsideof theofficers’uniforms.

Thelensofthebodycameraisbuiltintotheuniforms.The bodycamerafeaturesseveralautomaticrecordingfunctionalitiesdesignedtoremovetheofficers’burdenandallowthem tofocusentirelyonthesituationathand.Thetechnologymakes decisionsonwhentostartandstoprecording.Forexample,when anofficer’slightsand/orsirenareactivatedrecordingautomatically begins.

Thetechnologydetectsthemomentafirearmisremovedfromitsholsterandsends real-timealertstodispatchandnearbyofficers.

AnOfficerDownfeaturenotifiesallcarsinthedistrictthatanofficerneedsimmediate assistancewhenanofficerbecomesproneinthefieldorliesflatforseveralseconds (thedurationisdeterminedbytheindividualagency).

Theplatformdetectswhenanofficerisrunningandtriggerstherecordingofabuilt-in accelerometer.

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TELECOMMUNICATOROFTHEYEAR

DatashaArce receivedthe9-1-1TelecommunicatoroftheYearawardfor herresponsetoasituationinvolvingthreedeputieswhowereshot.At approximately0221hours,whileworkingHarrisCountySheriff’sOffice CentralDispatch,CommunicationsOfficerArcehadaunitstateshots hadbeenfiredandadeputywasdown.Datashaquicklygotthelocation anddroppedanAssisttheOfficertogetadditionalunitstothescene.

Oneoftheunitscontinuedtoprovideupdates,advisingthatatotalof threedeputieswereshot,includinghimself.Datasharemainedcalmunderpressurewhilesheupdatedtherespondingunits.Whileputtingout radiotrafficwithsuspectdescriptionsandunitconditions,DatashacoordinatedwithherfellowdispatchersandherpartneronCentraltoget EMS,theHoustonPoliceDepartment,anddistrictunitsenroutetoassist andtogetthedeputieswhowereshotmuchneededmedicalassistance.Alldeputiessurvived.

Respondingtoacallinvolvingdeputieswhoareshotisaveryemotional experience.Addingtotheseemotionswasthelossthepreviousdayof hersupervisor,SergeantBruceWatson.Datashasetheremotionsaside andperformedherjobwithutmostprofessionalism.Herdiligence,calmnessunderpressure,quickaction,andrelayofvitalinformationthatday isareminderofthecriticalroleourtelecommunicatorshaveinsaving lives.Datashaistheepitomeoftheprofessionallawenforcementdispatcher.

CONGRATULATIONSDATASHA!

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DatashaArce

#HARRISCOUNTYSAFEVIOLENTCRIMEINITIATIVE

The#HarrisCountySafeViolentCrimeInitiativeranfromDecember 2021throughSeptember2022.Thiswasasecondinitiativewiththe goalofreducingviolentcrimeinHarrisCounty.HarrisCountyCommissionersCourtprovided$2.6Mfortheprogram.ThefundsprovidedovertimetopersonnelintheHarrisCountySheriff’sOfficeandparticipating

constableofficestoworkinsevenareasofthecountywiththemostviolentcrime.Theseareasarereferredtoasmicro-zones.Overall,violent crimeoffensesweredowninfiveofthesevenmicro-zoneswhencomparedtothesametimeperiodthepreviousyear.

ResultsoftheInitiative

Micro-Zones

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710 FelonyArrests 488 Misdemeanor Arrests 389 FelonyWarrants Cleared 1,082 Misdemeanor Warrants Cleared 2,946 Traffic Citations Issued 14,368 Traffic Warnings Issued $109K Currency Seized 40 Stakeholder Meetings 81 Stolen Vehicles Recovered

VIOLENTCRIMEREDUCTIONINITIATIVE

TheViolentCrimeReductionInitiative(VCRI)ranfromMay2021through September2022.Theprimarygoaloftheinitiativewastoreducetheoverwhelmingbacklogofviolentcrimecasesandtofocusonviolentcrimes againstpersons.HarrisCountyCommissionersCourtprovided$3.57Mto fundtheprogram.ThefundsprovidedovertimetoHCSOpersonnel.

Thebacklogofcasesatthestartoftheinitiativewas1,327.Onaverage,the numberofnewaggravatedcasesreceivedeverydayforinvestigationbythe HarrisCountySheriff’sOffice(HCSO)CriminalInvestigationBureauis 14.58.ThenumberofcasesintheCrimesagainstPersonsDivisionbacklog hasdecreasedsteadilysincethestartoftheinitiative.Theinitiativehasalso beeninstrumentalinreducingtheamountoftimerequiredtomakefirstcontactwithavictim.

TheinitiativeallowedCrimesAgainstPersonsDivisioninvestigatorsto makemorescenes,severaltheywouldnothavebeenabletorespondto withouttheinitiative.Withtheinitiative,supervisorswereabletodispatch investigatorstomorescenesafternormalbusinesshourswhichgreatlyincreasesthelikelihoodofidentifyingoffendersandwitnessesandaidingin evidencecollection.Duringtheinitiative,assaultsandaggravatedassaults reportedtotheHCSOsteadilydeclinedandrobberytrendeddownward.

418

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Misdemeanor Charges
Misdemeanor Arrests
BACKLOGOFCRIMINALCASES May2021 January2022 October2022 1,327 993 840 ARRESTSANDCHARGESDURINGVCRI Felony Arrests Felony Charges 1,590 624
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Formoreinformationon SafeCamvisittheHCSO websiteat: https://harriscountyso.org/Services/SafeCam

SAFECAM

DEFINITION

SAFECAMisacrimepreventionand investigativetoolwhereresidentsand businessownersregistertheirexterior surveillancecameraswiththeHCSOin anefforttohelpsolvecrime.

CAMERAACCESS

TheHCSOcannotaccesstheresidentorbusiness camerasystemandcannotaccessvideofootage withouttheresident’sorbusinessowner’sconsent.

REQUIREMENTS

Thereisnorequirementtoprovide footageatanytime.

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BOMBUNIT

TheBombUnit’sresponsibilitiesincludedisarming improvisedexplosivedevicesandassistingwithinvestigationsonallbombrelatedincidents.Thisincludesincidentsinvolvingweaponsofmassdestruction.Theunit’sprimaryfocusissafety,incidentstabilization,evidencecollection,andpropertyconservation.Thepersonnelassignedtotheunitarehighly trainedandmotivatedemployees.

2022STATISTICS

▶ 13deviceshandled/recovered

▶ 8suspiciouspackages/threats

▶ 34SWATsupport

▶ 15specialevents

▶ 4,173traininghours

MARINEUNIT

TheMarineUnit’smissionistocontributetohomelanddefense byensuringthesafe,secure,andefficientflowofcargoand cruisepassengersthroughouttheHoustonShipChanneland adjoiningwaterwaysofHarrisCounty.TheMarineUnitserves toenhancetheeffectivenessoffederal,state,andlocallawenforcementagenciesintheprotectionofthecriticalinfrastructurethatisthePortofHoustonbyprovidingcoordinatedproactivehighvisibilitymaritimepatrolsandinvestigativeservices.

2022STATISTICS

▶ 8marinecall-outs

▶ 41divecall-outs

▶ 5,168watersideinfrastructurechecks

▶ 175watersidepatrols

▶ 144landinfrastructurechecks

HONORGUARD

TheHonorGuardwasformedinDecember1977primarilyforthepurposeofprovidingappropriatehonorsforthefuneralservicesofHarrisCountySheriff’sOffice deputiesslaininthelineofduty.TheHonorGuardsubsequentlyexpandedto includeescortsofhonorforpeaceofficersfromotheragenciesandparticipation infuneralsforretiredandactivedutypersonnelwhodiebynaturalcauses.The HonorGuardalsoappearsinparadesandotherpublicfunctionsasrequested.

2022STATISTICS

▶ 3HCSOIntheLineofDutyfunerals

▶ 4outsideagencyactivedutyfunerals

▶ 10HCSOactivedutyfunerals

▶ 10HCSOretiredpersonnelfunerals

▶ 7outsideagencyretireefunerals

▶ 29presentationofcolors

▶ 3HCSOsingerperformances

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SECURITYMONITORINGANDASSESSMENTGROUP

TheSecurityMonitoringAssessmentGroup(SMAG)isa24/7,365 days-a-yearoperationlocatedinsidetheUnitedStatesCoastGuard (USCG)CommandCenteratSectorHouston-Galveston.Deputies monitorvideofeedsfromcamerasplacedontheHoustonShip Channelathigh-riskinfrastructurelocationsandsecurityzones.

Thisisthe only USCGCommandCenterinthenationthat houseslawenforcementpartnersfromstate,local,andmilitarypersonnelinoneroom.AllSMAGcamerashavepan,tilt, andzoomcapabilitieswithazoomoftwomiles.

2022STATISTICS

▶ 335securityzoneviolations

▶ 216investigations

▶ 53liaisoncontacts

▶ 117partnerwarrantchecks

▶ 434traininghours

PG 40

Theunitconsistsof28K9teamsthatassistthe agencyinthefollowingareas:explosive/odordetectionforconductingsweepsofinfrastructure andtodetectbodywornIEDsuicidebombs; patrolforapprehendingfleeingsuspects; contrabandprimarilyusedindetentionfacilitiestodetecttobacco,narcotics,cellphones, andelectronicstoragecomponents;narcotics;andoneteamtoassistSWAT.

Eachpatroldistricthasdedicatedtrafficenforcementdeputiesandaspeedradarmessageboard displaytrailerthatcollectsspeeddata.Thetraffic enforcementdeputiesreviewmonthlyreportsof highspeedareas,trafficaccidents,andincidents ofstreetracing.Strategiesaredevelopedtoaddresstheseconcerns.

PG 41 2022STATISTICS
7,054patrolcallsforservice ▶ 522patrolutilizations ▶ 70buildingsearches
338areasearches
▶ 319suspectscaptured
TRAFFICENFORCEMENT 2022STATISTICS
K9UNIT
▶ 24,720trafficstops ▶ 14,386citationsissued ▶ 12,500warningsissued

NATIONALNIGHTOUT-OCTOBER4TH

Accordingtotheirwebsite,NationalNightOutenhancestherelationshipbetweenneighborsandlawenforcementwhilebringingbackatruesenseofcommunity.Neighborhoodstypicallyhostblockparties,festivals,parades,cookouts, andvariousothercommunityeventstohelpresidentsgettoknowthepeoplein theircommunity.Policeandotherfirstresponderstypicallyattendmultiple eventstoincreasecommunity-policepartnerships.

“NationalNightOutwasintroducedinAugust1984throughanalreadyestablished networkoflawenforcementagencies,neighborhoodwatchgroups,civicgroups, stateandregionalcrimepreventionassociations,andvolunteersacrossthenation.ThefirstannualNationalNightOutinvolved2.5millionacross400communitiesin23states,”theirwebsitereads.

TheHCSOattended97NationalNightOuteventsaroundtheHarrisCountyarea.

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PG 43 NATIONALNIGHTOUT-OCTOBER4TH

BEHAVIORALHEALTHPROGRAMS

TheHarrisCountySheriff’sOffice(HCSO)hasthreespecializedpatrolbehavioralhealthresponseprograms.Thefirstprogram,the CrisisInterventionResponseTeam(CIRT),wasimplementedinSeptember2011.Itisaco-responderprogrampairingaCITtraineddeputywithamasters-levelclinicianfrom HarrisCounty’slocalmentalhealthauthority.TheHCSOhasnineteamsthat respondtothemostseriouscallsinvolvinganindividualinmentalhealthcrisis, performproactiveandfollow-upinvestigations,actasaresourceatSWAT scenes,andassistotherlawenforcementagencies.

Thesecondprogram.the HomelessOutreachTeam(HOT),wasimplemented inNovember2015.HOThas11deputiesandonesergeant.Fivetwo-deputy teamsaddresshomelessnessinallpatroldistricts.OnedeputyandaHarris Centerclinicianareassignedtoadowntowndistrictcontract.Manyindividuals

experiencinghomelessnesshavementalillnessandthusHOTisconsidereda behavioralhealthprogram.

Thethirdprogram,the ClinicianandOfficerRemoteEvaluation(CORE) programisaninnovative,modelapproachtorespondingtoindividualsinbehavioralcrisisbyremotelyconnectingdeputiesandindividualsinthefieldtoabehavioralhealthclinicianviaacomputertablet.COREhelpskeepconsumers anddeputiessafeandmaximizespreciousresourcesnecessarytokeeppeopleoutofovertaxedhospitalemergencyrooms,mentalhealthfacilities,andjail.

PG 44 HOMELESS HOT CO-RESPONDER CIRT
CORE
406callsforservice
TECHNOLOGY
▶ 4,418callsforservice ▶ 775emergencydetentions ▶ 1,188resolvedonscene ▶ 137jaildiversions ▶ 214referrals/followups ▶ 5,794callsforservice ▶ 6emergencydetentions ▶ 102individualshoused ▶ 37jaildiversions ▶ 1,206identificationcards ▶
▶ 175emergencydetentions ▶ 171resolvedonscene ▶ 51jaildiversions ▶ 11otheragenciesonprogram

CRIMEREDUCTIONUNIT

Theseunitsareaproactiveenforcementeffortaimed atthereductionofcrime.Eachofthefivepatroldistrictshasitsownunitwithadedicatedsergeantand sixdeputies.

CrimeReductionUnit(CRU) deputies areactivelypresentandvisibleintheir districts,fosteringpersonalconnections withresidentsandidentifyingthetypeof criminalactivityoccurringinthatarea.

2022STATISTICS

▶ 1,589felonyarrests

▶ 1,340felonywarrantscleared

▶ 963misdemeanorarrests

▶ 1,652misdemeanorwarrantscleared

▶ 642firearmsseized

PARKSUNIT

The ParksUnit seekstobridgeandstrengthen thecommunitypartnershipsbetweentheHarris Countycommissionersofprecinctsoneandtwo withtheircitizens.TheParksUnitrespondsto andeliminatescriminalactivitywithinHarris Countyparksinprecinctsoneandtwo.TheParks Unitpracticescommunitypolicingstrategiesutilizingmarkedpatrolvehicles,bicycles,all-terrain vehicles,andfootpatrols.

2022STATISTICS

▶ 79hikeandbiketrails

▶ 39facilities

▶ 478trafficcitations

▶ 90,970parkschecks

▶ 20felonyarrests

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CRIMESCENEINVESTIGATIONS

Theunitconsistsofspecializationsandtechnologies includingbloodstainpatternanalysis,3Dforensic scanning,theNationalIntegratedBallisticInformationNetwork(NIBIN),andachemicalprocessinglab.CrimeSceneInvestigations (CSI)collaborateswiththeTexasRangers andMontgomeryCountySheriff’sOfficeon masscasualties/majoreventsandcrime scenes.CSIisaccreditedthroughtheAmericanNationalStandardsInstitute(ANSI)NationalAccreditationBoard(ANAB).

Theunit’sprimaryobjectiveistoreducemotorvehicletheftandburglaryofamotorvehicle.This objectiveisaccomplishedthroughinvestigation, arrestandprosecution,proactivestingoperations,recoveryofstolenvehicles,andpublic awarenessandinformationcampaigns.Theunit alsohasstaffassignedtopreventfraudulenttitles andregistrationofstolenvehiclesandaddressinsurancefraud.

2022STATISTICS
634scenesmade ▶ 205suicidescenesmade ▶ 1,348latentpacketsreceived ▶ 3,007searches ▶ 3,063digitalrequests
AUTOTHEFTUNIT
2022STATISTICS ▶ 12,855casesreceived ▶ 11,603casesclosed ▶ 307chargesfiled ▶ 407vehiclesrecovered

CRIMESAGAINSTPERSONS

TheCrimesAgainstPersonsDivisionincludesthefollowingunits:FamilyViolence,Child Abuse,ViolentPersons,Homicide,andAdultSexCrimes.

TheFamilyViolenceUnit (FVU) reviewsthefollowingcases:aggravatedassaultfamily violence,assaultfamilyviolence,bigamy,domesticviolence,familyharassment,injury totheelderly,kidnapping,stalking,terroristicthreatofthefamily,andtheviolationofprotectiveorders.

IncludedintheFVUisoneSheriff’sMobileAdvocacyResponseTeam(SMART)consistingofonecivilianadvocateanddomesticviolenceinvestigator.Theteamprovidesemotionalsupport,crisisinterventionandadvocacy.

InadditiontoSMART,theFVUhasvictimadvocatestrainedtosupportvictimsofcrime.

TheChildAbuseUnit investigatesthefollowingcases:injurytoachild,seriousbodily injurytoachild,injurybyomission,infant/childdeaths,neglect,abandoningorendangeringachild,indecencywithachild,aggravatedsexualassaultofachild,continuous sexualabuseofachild,andothercasesasdirectedbytheSheriff.

TheViolentCrimesUnit(VCU) investigatesassaults,robberies,threats,harassment, andkidnapping.Offenderscanrangefrom13to71yearsold.TheVCUalsohastask forcepersonnelwhoworkwiththeFBItoidentifyandapprehendindividualslinkedto gunviolenceandorganizedcrime.

TheHomicideUnit investigatesmurders,deathincustody,officerinvolvedshootings, andothermiscellaneousscenes.Thisunithasoneofthehighestmurderclearance ratesinthenationclearing89%oftheircasesin2021and86%in2022.

TheAdultSexCrimesUnit investigatesaggravatedsexualassaults,sexualassaults, andindecentexposures.

PG 47 2022STATISTICS ▶ FamilyViolencefiled400charges ▶ ChildAbusefiled233charges ▶ ViolentPersonsfiled947charges ▶ Homicidefiled131charges ▶ AdultSexCrimesfiled75charges

PROPERTYCRIMES

ThePropertyCrimesDivisionincludesthefollowingunits:BurglaryandTheft,FinancialCrimes,andMetalTheft.

TheBurglaryandTheftUnit investigatesthefollowingcases:burglaryofa building,burglaryofabusiness,burglaryofahabitation,criminalmischiefgreater than$100,andtheft.

TheFinancialCrimesUnit investigatesthefollowingcases:forgery,identify theft,fraud,andcreditcardabuse.

TheMetalTheftUnit investigatesthetheftofcopper,brass,aluminum,and bronze.TheunitalsoenforcesHarrisCountyregulationsgoverningscraprecyclers.Thisinvolvesinspecting60to80scraprecyclersinunincorporatedHarris County.TheunitalsoassistsAutoTheftwithcatalyticconverterthefts.

PG 48 2022STATISTICS ▶ Burglary&Theftfiled319charges ▶ FinancialCrimesfiled43charges ▶ MetalTheftfiled62charges
CatalyticconvertersrecoveredbytheMetalTheftUnit

VEHICULARCRIMES

TheprimarydutyoftheVehicularCrimesDivision(VCD)istheinvestigationoffatal crashes,severecrashesinvolvingseriousbodilyinjury(whereamedicalhelicopter responds)andcollisionsinvolvingvehiclesownedorleasedbytheHarrisCounty Sheriff’sOffice.

TheVCDisalsoresponsiblefortrafficenforcement,removingintoxicatedandaggressivedriversfromtheroadways,inspectionofcommercialmotorvehicles,and conductingfollow-upinvestigationsonhit-and-runcrashesinvolvingfailuretostop andgiveinformationandfailuretostopandrenderaid.

TheTowingandStorageUnitregulatestowing andstorageofnon-consentpolice towsandnon-consentprivate propertytowsinunincorporatedHarrisCounty.

2022STATISTICS

▶ 762DWIarrests

▶ 24Kstrandedmotoristsassisted

▶ 6,578trafficstopsbymotorcycles

▶ 2,562commercialvehicleinspections

▶ 575commercialvehiclecitations

▶ 1,481wreckerIDsissued

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SPECIALINVESTIGATIONS

TheSpecialInvestigationsDivisionincludesthefollowingunits:Vice/Narcotics,AssetForfeiture,HumanTrafficking,MissingPersons,Gang,Auto Theft,andHighTechCrimes.

TheVice/NarcoticsUnit investigatescrimesrelatedtoprostitution,gambling,andnarcotics.

TheAssetForfeitureUnit isdesignedtodeprivecriminalsoftheproceeds oftheircrimes,tobreakthefinancialbackboneoforganizedcriminalsyndicatesanddrugcartels,andtorecoverpropertythatmaybeusedtocompensatevictimsanddetercrime.

TheHumanTraffickingUnit investigatesandprosecuteshumantraffickingcrimes,stabilizesandsupportstraffickingvictims,andexpandsoutreachandtraining.

TheMissingPersonsUnit investigatesreportsofmissingpersonsofall agesincludingrunawayjuvenilereports.Reportsaretaken24/7.

TheGangUnit reviewsandverifiesallgangrelatedcrimesinunincorporatedHarrisCounty,documentsandinputsgangandgangmembers’informationintoadatabase,andconductsproactiveinvestigations.

TheAutoTheftUnit’s primaryobjectiveis toreducemotorvehicletheft andburglaryofamotorvehicle.

HighTechCrimes istaskedwiththeinvestigationoftechnologicallyfacilitatedoffensesincluding,butnotlimitedto,fraud,forgery,breachofcomputersecurity,socialnetworkingoffenses,andchildpornography.

2022STATISTICS

▶ $691,709seized

▶ 1,214activehumantraffickinginvestigations

▶ 2,977missingpersonscasesreceived

▶ $3MdrugvalueseizedbyGangUnit

▶ 369closedcasesbyHighTechCrimes

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PG 51 DETENTIONCOMMAND DETENTIONCOMMAND DETENTIONCOMMAND DETENTIONCOMMAND DETENTIONCOMMAND HARRISCOUNTYSHERIFF’SOFFICE

ARMEDDETENTIONOFFICERPROGRAM

TheArmedDetentionOfficerProgram(ADOP)is120hoursoftraininginfirearms,use offorce,taser,de-escalation,hand-to-handcombat,fieldtraining,andseveralonline classes.Thetrainingisdesignedtotraindetentionpersonnelandmeetstaterequirementstoallowlicensedjailerstocarryfirearmsinanofficialcapacitywhiletransporting andguardinginmatesoutsidetheconfinesoftheHarrisCountyJail.AsofDecember 2022,thereare90activearmeddetentionofficersintheDetentionCommand.

BROTHERSINARMSPROGRAMFORMILITARYVETERANS

TheprogramwasstartedinFebruary2019byChaplaincyCaseManagerHeideLaser.Thisisa72-manunitformalemilitary veterans.Thisisthelargestjustice-involvedveteranservicesunitinTexas.Currently,therearenot sufficientnumbersoffemaleveteranstojustifyaunitforwomen.Theprogram/unitislocated intheJointProcessingCenterinadirectsupervision/sharedcellblockwithinspirational quotesandmilitary-inspiredmuralsonthewalls,24windowstoallowsunlight,doors onthetoilets,showerstallsforprivacy,andarecreationalspace.Themeninthe programhaveaccesstoeducationservicesrelatedtosubstanceabuse,lifeskills, andmentalhealth.Infouryearstherehavebeenonlyeightphysicalaltercations intheunit.Theprogramwouldnotexistwithoutthecollaborationandcoordinationofcommunitypartnersfromacrossthecityandcounty.Themainpurposeoftheprogramistodetermineeligibilityforresourcesandconnecting veteranstoresourcesatthecounty,state,andfederallevelinpreparationfor releasefromthejusticesystem.

INCARCERATED VETERANS

AccordingtotheBureauofJusticeStatistics,8percentofthenation’sprisonandjailpopulationsaremilitaryveterans.Corereasonsincludealcoholanddrug usecausedorexacerbatedbytraumaencountered duringtheirmilitaryservice,difficultyadjustingtocivilianlife,andeconomicdifficultiesassociatedwith beingunemployedandhomeless.

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NATIONALTRAININGINITIATIVE

SergeantJoseGomezandDeputyEricUriegas,oftheBehavioralHealthTrainingUnit,wereinvitedtoparticipateinaworkgroupinIllinoisto developanationaltrainingcurriculumforjailpersonnel.Theeffortwasledbythe PoliceExecutiveResearchForum(PERF).PERFdeveloped theIntegratingCommunicationAssessmentandTactics(ICAT)classwhichisanewwayofthinkingaboutuse-of-forcetraining.ICATtakesthe essentialbuildingblocksofcriticalthinking,crisisintervention,communications,andtactics,andputsthemtogetherinan integratedapproachtotraining.ICATisanchoredbyaCriticalDecision-MakingModelthathelpsofficersbetter assesssituations,makesafeandeffectivedecisions,anddocumentandlearnfromtheiractions.

ICAT,whichisbeingimplementedbylawenforcementagenciesacrossthenation,wasdevelopedprimarily forpatrolpersonnel.PERFisintheprocessofdevelopinganICATcurriculumspecificallyforjailpersonnel. TheHarrisCountySheriff’sOffice(HCSO)wasinvitedtotheworkgroupbecauseSergeantGomezand DeputyUriegashavemodifieditandhavebeenprovidingtheclasstoHCSOjailpersonnelforthepast year.

PERFisnotawareofanotherlawenforcementagencythatisprovidingICATtojailpersonnel.

PERFisanindependentresearchorganizationthatfocusesoncriticalissuesinpolicing.Sinceitsfounding in1976,PERFhasidentifiedbestpracticesonfundamentalissuessuchasreducingpoliceuseofforce; developingcommunitypolicingandproblem-orientedpolicing;usingtechnologiestodeliverpoliceservices tothecommunity;andevaluatingcrimereductionstrategies.

PERFstrivestoadvanceprofessionalisminpolicingandtoimprovethedeliveryofpoliceservicesthroughthe exerciseofstrongnationalleadership;publicdebateofpoliceandcriminaljusticeissues;andresearchandpolicy development.

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Photos:(Top)DeputyEricUriegas(standingonleft)andSergeantJoseGomezatPERF workgroup. (Bottom)DeputyUriegasduringanICATtrainingfordetentionspersonnel.

WOMEN’SEMPOWERMENTCENTER

Gender-Responsive,Holistic,Reentry-FocusedFacility

Thedetentionfacilitylocatedat1307BakerStreet,knownas“LittleBaker,”isthe homeofadedicatedWomen’sEmpowermentCenter.Thefacilityisamoreholisticenvironmentthatismoresuitableforthecareofwomen,reducingharmto womenincustody,betterpreparingthemforrelease,andsupportingpositive health,safety,andrecidivismoutcomes.

Thevastmajorityofwomeninthecriminaljusticesystemhavesignificanttrauma histories.Womeninvolvedinthejusticesystemalsoreporthighratesofmental healthproblems.Additionally,womenaremorelikelytobeincarceratedasaresult ofnonviolentoffenses,suchassubstanceabuse.

Thefacilityisashiftawayfromadetention-focusedcorrectionsmodeltowardsa

morepositivemodelthatprioritizesrehabilitationandreentry.Thisinvolves providingintensivecasemanagement,engagementinwraparoundservices, creatingagender-responsiveandtrauma-informedculture,expandingthe roleofsecuritystafftomoreofasupportivementorshiprole,involvingstaffin greaterareasofcare,andequippingstaffwithgender-responsiveand trauma-informedapproaches.

Thefacilitywillholdanestimatedaveragedailypopulationofroughly372 womenfreeingupbedsinthemainjailcomplex.Thismayreducetheneed tooutsourceincarceratedindividualsproducingbetween$8.15millionto $13.3millionincostsavingsayear.

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HEIDELASERRECEIVESCONGRESSIONALRECOGNITION

HeideLaser,theBrothersinArmsProgramProgramCoordinator,andtheHarrisCountyChaplaincyServiceswererecognizedbyRepresentativeSheilaJacksonLeeofthe18th Congressional DistrictinTexas.HeidewaspresentedwithacertificateonMemorialDayforherservicetotheHarrisCountySheriff’sOffice,includingherworktowardscreatingandimplementingtheBrothersin ArmsprogramandherworkwiththeChaplaincy ServicesUnit.

Heidegraduatedin2014fromtheUniversityof HoustonDowntownwithaBachelorofScience DegreeinCriminalJustice-MagnaCumLaude. ShejoinedtheHarrisCountySheriff’sOffice shortlyaftergraduation.Sheworkedasaprogram managerinReentryServicesforthefirstfour years.ShethentransferredtotheChaplaincyServicesUnitin2018.Sheiscurrentlytheprogram coordinatorfortheBrothersinArmsProgram.

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Pictured:(lefttoright)HoustonMayor SylvesterTurner,HeideLaser,Representative SheilaJacksonLee.

AVERAGEDAILYPOPULATION

HARRISCOUNTYJAIL

TheHarrisCountyJailisthelargestjailinTexasandthethirdlargestinthenation.The averagedailypopulationin2022was9,751inmates.Thepopulationwashigherthan usualduetoabackloginthecriminaljusticesystem.ThebacklogstartedwiththefloodingofthecountycourthouseduringHurricaneHarveyinAugust2017.Thesituationwas furtherexacerbatedwiththeCOVID-19pandemicwhichpreventedin-persontrialsfor monthsin2020.Thisbackloghititspeakinthesummerof2021withabout54,000active casespending.Abacklogofover40,000casescontinuedthrough2022.

AverageDailyPopulation2022

PG 57 Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec 8,938 10,089 9,579 10,077 9,943 9,292 9,688 9,413 9,836 9,935 10,077 10,146

INMATEASSAULTS

HARRISCOUNTYJAIL

In2022,therewere1,250incidentsofinmatesassaultingstaff. Therewere4,037incidentsofinmatesassaultingotherinmates. ThededicatedgroupofmenandwomenoftheDetentionCommandremaindiligentintheirproactiveapproachtodirectsupervisionofandtheirimmediateresponsetopotentialsecuritythreats.

AVERAGELENGTHOFSTAYINDAYS

PG 58 Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec 294 205 206 209 217 226 236 248 260 268 276 284
INCIDENTSOF ASSAULT INMATEASSAULT STATISTICS INMATEvsSTAFF INMATEvsINMATE 23.6% 4037 1250 76.3% 2022
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MENTALHEALTHSERVICES

HarrisCounty’slocalmentalhealthauthority, TheHarrisCenterforMental HealthandIntellectualandDevelopmentalDisabilities (TheHarrisCenter),provides158full-timebehavioralhealthstaffintheHarrisCountyJail throughseveraldifferentcontracts,includingHarrisCounty,theStateof Texas,thefederalgovernment,andtheHarrisCountySheriff’sOffice.The servicesprovidedbyTheHarrisCenterincludethefollowing:

▶ 24/7PsychiatricCoverageforIntakesandCrises

▶ Outpatient/GeneralPopulationServicesIncludingaChronicCareClinic

▶ MentalHealthInfirmary

▶ MentalHealthStepDownUnit

25% PSYCHOTROPIC MEDICATIONS

▶ SpecialtyProgramsIncludingCognitiveBehavioralTreatment(CBT)

▶ PeerRe-EntryProgram

▶ CompetencyandAssessmentUnit

▶ ForensicPortalCommunicationfortheCourts

▶ JailDiversionUnits

▶ ForensicClinicalCourtInterviewUnit

▶ JailBasedCompetencyRestoration

▶ CommunityAssistanceResourceProgram

MENTALHEALTHSTATISTICS

Onadailybasis,25%oftheinmatepopulationwasononeormorepsychotropicmedicationsin2022.Thatwasadailyaverageof 2,438inmatesaday.

79% MENTALHEALTH ISSUE

Throughvariousscreenings,processes, andprocedures,79%oftheinmatesin2022 werefoundtohavesometypeofmental healthissue.Thatwasadailyaverageof 7,703inmatesaday.

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MENTALHEALTHSTATISTICS

PG 60 Totalclinicalcontacts 156,682 Totalpatientsserved 50,123 Patientsprescribedpsychotropicmedications 40,042 Emergency/forcedmedicationsgiven 167
Totalrequestforservices 35,975 PatientsatisfactionwithmaleCBTUnit 91.53% PatientsatisfactionwithfemaleCBTUnit 94.89% PatientsatisfactionwithChronicCareClinic 88.77% PatientsatisfactionwithPeerRe-Entry 96.69% PatientsatisfactionwithStepDownUnit 90.52% JailBasedCompetencyRestoration(JBCR) admissions 94 JBCRrestorationrate 88.58% JAIL TOTALS FRONTDOOR CLINIC Newhousepatientsbyprescriber 10,531 Newhousepatientsbylicensedpractitioners 2,605 Crisesbyprescriber 3,829 MENTALHEALTHINFIRMARY Admissions 640 SPECIALTY UNIT MaleCognitiveBehavioralTreatment(CBT)groups 998 MaleCBTgroupencounters 16,582 FemaleCBTgroupsheld 891 FemaleCBTgroupencounters 13,019 ADMINISTRATIVE SEPARATION Totalface-to-facecontacts 20,062 GENERAL POPULATION FORENSICCOURT CLINICALINTERVIEWUNIT Totalrequestsreceived 25,207 Incustody 13,669 Notincustody 11,511 CommunityAssistanceResourceProgramclients 7,373 CommunityAssistanceResourceProgramreferrals 6,222
PG 61 Uniforms(tops,bottoms,boxers,socks,bras,briefs) $315,000 Sheets $160,000 Blankets $13,000 Blankets(anti-suicide) $80,000 Towels $95,000 Detergent $80,000 Shoes(sandalsandclogs) $45,000 TOTAL $788,000 ANNUALLAUNDRY COST Inmatemealsserved 10,677,345 Moneyspentoninmatemeals $19,539,541
FOODSERVICE STATISTICS

OURANNUALREPORTTEAM

KatrinaistheExecutiveDirectoroftheHarrisCountySheriff’sOfficeFoundation.The missionofthefoundationistohelpprovide theHarrisCountySheriff’sOfficewithresources.

ForinformationontheHarrisCountySheriff’sOfficeFoundationvisittheirwebsiteat: https://hcsof.org

CarlosistheDigitalGraphicsCoordinator fortheHarrisCountySheriff’sOffice.Carlos providesgraphicandphotographicassistance.HehasaBachelorofFineArtsDegree.Carlosworkedatanewspaper,print shop,andtaughtartbeforejoiningthe HCSO.

MeganistheAdministrativeSergeantto ChiefDeputyMikeLee.AlongwithFrank Webb,Meganmanagedtheresearch,writing,coordinating,publishing,anddistributionofthisreport.ShehasaBachelorofScienceDegreeinCriminalJusticeandispursuingherMasterofScienceDegreeinCriminalJustice.

FrankisaProjectManagerintheExecutive CommandoftheHarrisCountySheriff’s Office.HehonorablyretiredfromtheHoustonPoliceDepartmentafter36yearsofserviceandjoinedthesheriff’sofficein2017.

HehasaBachelorofScienceDegreein TechnologyandaMaster’sDegreeinEducation.

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KatrinaArnim ProofReading MeganHerrin CarlosRangel ProjectManagement Graphics FrankWebb ProjectManagement

REPORTASSISTANCE

NeighborhoodPolicingDivision

Gisellejoinedthesheriff’sofficein2018asaSocialMediaSpecialist.ShewaspromotedtoMediaManagerin2020.Gisellewasinstrumentalinprovidinginformationanddata.

Sheajoinedthesheriff’sofficein2009andiscurrentlyassignedto theExecutiveCommand.Shehasassistedwithvariousspecial projectsthroughouttheagencyandworkswiththemediarelations team.ShewasinstrumentalintakingphotographsoftheWomen’s EmpowermentCenter.

DeputyRamirezisassignedtotheBehavioralHealthInvestigations UnitwithintheNeighborhoodPolicingDivision.Hejoinedthesheriff’s officein2009andhasworkedinvariousareaswithintheagency. JosephcreatedtheInMemoriamandbackcoverpagephotographs/ graphics.

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GiselleBueno CommunicationsManager SheaJohnson AdministrativeCoordinator JosephRamirez Deputy MediaRelationsUnit MediaRelationsUnit
IN MEMORIAM

DeputyDarrenAlmendarezpassed awayonMarch31,2022afterbeinginvolvedinanoffdutyincidentinvolving threemenattemptingtostealacatalytic converter.

DeputyAlmendarezwas51yearsold andleavesbehindhiswifeFlorand threechildren:Andrea,Kayla,and Danny.

DeputyAlmendarezhadbeenemployed withtheSheriff’sOfficefor23yearsand hadheldvariousassignments.Hislast assignmentwastotheAutoTheftTask Force.

SergeantRamonGutierrezpassed awayonJanuary24,2022afterbeing struckbyadrunkdriver.

SergeantGutierrezwas45yearsold andleavesbehindhiswifeLupitaand threechildren:Natalia,Alfredo,andNomar.

SergeantGutierrezhadbeenemployed withtheSheriff’sOfficefor20yearsand heldvariousassignmentsinboththe DetentionandLawEnforcementCommands.

DeputyRobertAdamHowardpassed awayonMay11,2022afterbeinginvolvedinatrafficaccident.

DeputyHowardwas27yearsoldand leavesbehindhiswifeMaryandtwo children:AJandAubrey.

DeputyHowardhadbeenemployed withtheSheriff’sOfficeforthreeyears. Hismostrecentassignmentwastothe GangUnit.

FormoreinformationvisittheHarrisCountySheriff’sOfficeFoundationFallenPeaceOfficers

MemorialGardenat: https://hcsof.org/memorial/

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www.harriscountycit.org HarrisCountySheriff’sOffice @HCSOTexas https://harriscountyso.org HarrisCountyJointProcessingCenter 700NSanJacintoStreet Houston,TX77002 713-755-7484 HarrisCountyJail 1200BakerStreet 701NSanJacintoStreet Houston,TX77002 713-755-5300 OfficeoftheSheriff 1200BakerStreet Houston,TX77002 713-221-6000 HARRISCOUNTY SHERIFF’SOFFICE
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