The Patrol Bureau is home to the basic uniformed services of the Sheriff's Office. Headed by the Patrol Bureau Commander, the Patrol Bureau consists of the Uniformed Patrol Division and the Animal Control Division.
The Patrol Division
The Patrol Division Personnel are the primary contact our citizens have to gain law enforcement services in San Jacinto County. Where other employees may handle investigative and service related needs, the patrol deputy is generally the first policeman the public comes into contact with.
As is required by law, all of the sworn deputies within the San Jacinto County Sheriff's Office are licensed as Peace Officers by the State of Texas. Each deputy receives at least the minimum training through an authorized law enforcement academy. The minimum hours of training, currently in Texas, is 618 hours. Most academies run between 800 and 1000 hours for training. Once appointed to our agency, each deputy receives 'Field Training'. The hours of this training depend on previous experience of the deputy. A minimum standard is set by the Sheriff at 80 hours. The maximum is set to 10 weeks (400 hours). Training consists of working side by side with a certified field training officer who teaches our new deputy to do his job in San Jacinto County. This includes learning our policies and procedures; learning our streets, roads, businesses, and other important geographical information; learning the procedures of our District Attorney's Office; learning our computer systems and paperwork within the Sheriff's Office; advanced proficiency with firearms and other tools of our trade; and how to function in a community policing agency.
The Sheriff's Office is limited by budget, at this time, to only 17 full time paid patrol deputies. This allocation includes 12 deputies assigned to patrol and 4 Sergeants to supervise those deputies. To ensure we have a minimum number of patrol deputies on the street in a 24 hour day, the Sheriff has developed a schedule which places 1 Patrol Sergeant and 3 Patrol Deputies on duty on 4 - 12 hour shifts. The absolute minimum manpower to maintain officer safety is 3 on-duty at any time. The deputies are assigned to segments of the county called "Districts". This enables the deputy to be closer to the citizens within his/her district and to learn the movements and habits of the citizens. This simple feature of community policing helps the deputy to have a better than average opportunity to locate those who would do evil and better protect the citizens.
Our Patrol Deputies respond to all types of calls for service. Whether it is assisting a stranded motorist or working a death case, each deputy is trained and prepared to deal with whatever the shift calls for. When not actively working a call, the deputy patrols within his district proactively looking to stop problems. No matter the weather or the time of day or night, your Patrol Deputies are there to serve and protect the citizens and visitors of San Jacinto County.
Animal Control Division
The Sheriff's Office is responsible for the collection and humane disposition of stray dogs and cats within San Jacinto County. The division assigned to handle this large task is the Animal Control Division. Commissioner's Court has approved 1 Deputy Sheriff to this position. The Animal Control Deputy is a sworn peace officer. His duties include collection and care for stray dogs and cats, investigation of Animal Cruelty Complaints, and Bite Cases. While the Uniformed Patrol Division can handle Cruelty and Bite Cases, only the Animal Control Deputy is permitted, by law, to pick up stray dogs and cats.
The hours of operation of the Animal Control division are 9am - 5pm, Tuesday through Saturday. No after hours pick up services are provided. The procedure for requesting a stray dog or cat be picked up are:
1. Call the dispatcher at 936-653-4367 and report the location where the stray dog or cat is. You may call at any time, 24 hours a day, however, the animal will only be picked up during normal operating hours.
2. The dispatcher will complete a call slip with all pertainent information. If after hours, the call slip will be placed in the mail box for the Animal Control Deputy to be handled upon his return to service.
3. Upon signing on-duty, the Animal Control Deputy will collect the call slips and begin response to the oldest call slip first. If a call for service is received during normal operating hours, the Animal Control Deputy will make every effort to attend to that call during his shift.
Stray dogs and cats shall not be collected outside of the normal operating hours of the Animal Control Division, to include bite cases.