Ellis County Sheriff's Office website

Welcome to the Ellis County Sheriff's Office website. This is another avenue, for me as your Sheriff, to help keep you informed of what is happening in your County and YOUR Sheriff's Office. Please visit the site often for updates.

 

Mission

The mission of the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office is to provide professional law enforcement services to citizens and visitors of Ellis County. This Office will strive to enforce the law and maintain order in a fair and impartial manner.

The Sheriff and his Deputies recognize that no law enforcement agency can operate at its maximum potential without supportive input from the citizens it serves. This Office actively solicits and encourages the cooperation of all citizens to reduce criminal activity and within legal limits, to assist in bringing to justice those that prey on the person and property of others.

 

Message from the Sheriff

When you elected me as your Sheriff I promised a new philosophy for the office and changes that would enhance county law enforcement services to you. This website is just one example of the updating we are doing. It is my goal for you to be able to learn of the services available and to provide contact information should you need help from the Sheriff's Office.

Since taking office in 2009 and with the help of Ellis County citizens, we have reduced major crime in Ellis County by 55 percent (figures reported through 2013). Your Sheriff's Office has the only active narcotics unit in the county to attack local drug issues. We have more marked units on the county roads and highways, have initiated an air wing, marine unit, opened up 288 more beds in the jail, started charging inmates a co-pay for medical services, have put more inmates out on county roads picking up trash and started a vegetable garden (worked by inmates), to name a few. And we have done all this with the same budget the retired sheriff had in 2008.

Come by and visit. Let me know you are coming and I will have hot coffee or iced tea ready for you. My direct office number is 972-825-4901.

 

ECSO warns motorists not to drink and drive


ELLIS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE

Johnny Brown, Sheriff

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

ECSO warns motorists not to drink and drive

Waxahachie, Texas – Aug. 20, 2014

The Ellis County Sheriff’s Office is joining forces with the Texas Department of Transportation, the National Transportation Highway Administration and law enforcement agencies across Texas to remind motorists about the consequences of drinking and driving by stepping up efforts to arrest drunken drivers during the weeks prior to Labor Day.

This increased enforcement is part of a national effort by NHTSA and coordinates with TxDOT’s  “Drink. Drive. Go to Jail.” campaign, which runs from Aug. 15 through Labor Day (Sept. 1). Many sheriff’s offices, including the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office, and police departments around the state also are conducting “No Refusal” programs as part of their Labor Day crackdown. These programs require suspected drunken drivers to submit to a blood test to measure their alcohol levels. 

Over Labor Day weekend in 2013, Texas had 392 alcohol-related traffic crashes that resulted in 16 fatalities and 169 serious injuries. Drivers under the influence of alcohol caused almost half (45.7 percent) of the state’s traffic fatalities during that three-day period. 

“We want to remind people that driving while intoxicated on Texas roads will not be tolerated,” Ellis County Sheriff Johnny Brown said. “We want everyone to be able to enjoy a safe holiday weekend. If you choose to drink, then do not drive. Find another way home or your local police will find you a ride to jail.”

Drivers have many alternatives to driving while intoxicated. They can call a cab, ask a friend or a family member for a ride, hand their keys to a designated driver or simply stay put until they sober up. They also can take advantage of TxDOT’s website, SoberRides.org, which lists ride options in areas throughout Texas.

Texas considers DWI a serious crime – and one that is 100 percent preventable. Convicted first-time DWI offenders can pay a fine of up to $2,000, lose their driver license for up to a year and serve as much as 180 days in jail. Safety officials say other consequences associated with a drunken driving arrest and conviction can add up to as much as $17,000 or more for bail, legal fees, court appearances, court-ordered classes, vehicle insurance increases and other expenses.

Partners in the “Drink. Drive. Go to Jail.” campaign include the NHTSA, the Texas Department of Public Safety, the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, Mothers Against Drunk Driving and other local law enforcement agencies around Texas.


Media contact: Jo Ann Livingston This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

Deputy to participate in ‘Over the Edge’ fundraiser


ELLIS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE

Johnny Brown, Sheriff

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Deputy to participate in ‘Over the Edge’ fundraiser

Waxahachie, Texas – Aug. 20, 2014

For the second year in a row, Ellis County Sheriff’s Deputy Ken Hatcher has accepted a challenge to raise funds to support Special Olympics Texas, which provides year-round sports training and competitions for more than 44,000 individuals with intellectual disabilities.

As part of his fundraising effort, Hatcher will rappel 20 stories down the side of the Bank of America building in downtown Dallas with the help of law enforcement agents in early November. He needs to raise a minimum of $1,000 to achieve his goal and go “Over the Edge.”

“Whatever you can give will help – it all adds up,” Hatcher says. “I greatly appreciate your support.”

Donations are tax-deductible. A donation toward Hatcher’s fundraising effort can be made online at http://sotx.convio.net/site/TR/Events/General?px=1247123&pg=personal&fr_id=1750 or http://tinyurl.com/l5xnhgo. Or you can make donations by mail (please include his name on the check’s memo) to Special Olympics Texas, 7715 Chevy Chase Drive, Suite 120, Austin, TX 78752. 

For more information about Over the Edge or Special Olympics Texas and its programs, visit www.specialolympicstexas.org.


Media contact: Jo Ann Livingston This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 
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