Most people realize the sheriff’s office, like most law enforcement agencies, are a 24/7/365 operation. However, in addition to the most recognized services such as patrol, investigations and crime prevention units; the sheriff’s office has deputies constantly on the roads throughout Texas and the U.S.
Our transport section is currently headed up by Lt. Mike Tobey and Sgt. Sandra Stacks. Whenever a person is arrested on a warrant out of Elis County these two insure the person is transported back to Ellis County from wherever they were arrested. That could be down on the border, up in the panhandle or many times even from out of state.
In addition to transporting fugitives from who knows where, they are also responsible for the transporting of juveniles to and from their court hearings (as instructed by a judge). The problem with transporting juveniles is we have to take them and pick them up from locations the juvenile board has agreements with. Currently that would include Hood, Grayson and Hunt counties. None are close when trying to get juveniles back and forth to court here in Waxahachie.
Mental transports are another duty that falls on the sheriff’s office. These could be folks that are court ordered to be taken and evaluated or they could be folks that have threatened suicide and are taken into custody and transported to an evaluation center. This could happen at 1 p.m. or 1 a.m. None of the evaluation centers are located in Ellis County.
So what does all this add up to? In 2012 juveniles accounted for 460 transfers and over 72,000 transport miles. So far in 2013 we have had 257 juvenile transfers and over 43,000 transport miles.
Adult transfers (which include criminal warrants and mental transports) totaled 638 in 2012. So far in 2013 we are already at 661.
I share this information in an effort to better inform our citizens just what all their sheriff’s office employees are accomplishing.
Johnny Brown has served as Sheriff of Ellis County since Jan. 1, 2009, and is a graduate of the National Sheriff’s Institute. He has been in law enforcement for 20 years and holds a Master’s Peace Officer’s Certificate with the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education.