During 2020, the Washington County Sheriff's Office conducted criminal investigations, traffic stops, investigated and/or assisted the Texas Department of Public Safety with traffic accidents, participated in and conducted State required mandated training for all Sheriff’s Office employees, conducted job interviews and promotional boards, and responded to and investigated assaults and disturbances. The Washington County Sheriff's Office is also responsible for operating a 177 capacity jail which has passed random jail inspections conducted by the Texas Jail Commission for 8 years in a row. Deputies also investigated property crimes, testified in court, conducted applicant background checks, responded to loose livestock and residential and business alarms, provided courtroom security, transported prisoners statewide, and conducted safety and welfare checks on residences and businesses. The items listed below represent a small sample of over 100 incident/offense categories tracked and reported by the Washington County Sheriff's Office.
1) Responded to 15,401 incidents/calls; 1,259 incident and case reports generated
2) 896,206 miles driven
3 891 traffic tickets written
4) 1,301 traffic warnings
5) 603 traffic accidents
6) 347 reckless driving calls
7) 433 false alarms
8) 819 loose livestock calls
9) 291 animal calls, 51 animal bite calls
10) 869 suspects arrested – felony and misdemeanor charges
11) 428 request to verify welfare of individual
12) 312 calls of “assistance rendered” to motorists and outside agencies
13) 950 warrants (felony and misdemeanor) cleared/served
14) 225 business checks, 32 building checks, 377 foot patrols conducted at schools and businesses.
15) 845 license plate verifications
During 2020, deputies, jailers, work crew supervisors, and support staff performed the following functions:
1) 978 Male suspects booked into the jail
2) 335 Female suspects booked into the jail
3) 79 inmates transferred to TDCJ/State Jail/SAFPF/ISF (State Correctional Facilities).
4) 88 Subjects Transported for Mental Health Evaluations
4) 181 Bailiff Service dates to County, District and family courts
5) Provide daily savings of tax dollars by having repairs, general maintenance, and preventative maintenance addressed and completed by staff members and inmate labor.
6) Since January 1, 2020, Washington County Sheriff's Office Reserve Deputies have logged in approximately 50 hours of patrol, investigation, and special event duties.
In 2020, the Citizens on Patrol (C.O.P.), consisting of 9 men and women, and designated to the Washington County Sheriff's Office, performed the following functions. This professional work is cost free and is a tremendous asset to the Sheriff’s office, organizations, and our community. In addition to the C.O.P. required training, these men and women have trained in Hazardous Materials, Pipeline Emergency Response, SKYWARN (weather events), Self-Aid/Buddy Aid, Traffic Incident Management, FEMA Emergency Management Courses, and Active Shooter Training.
1) Volunteer Hours – 1,986.5 hours
2) Miles Driven – 20,504
3) Traffic Accident Assists - 32
4) Traffic Direction – Special Events – 19
5) Traffic Direction – Structure Fires – 14
6) Traffic Direction – Gas Well and Pipeline Leaks – 0
7) Funeral Escorts – 5
8) Livestock Out Assist – 9
9) Training: 23 hours per C.O.P.
I would like to thank the entire staff of the Washington County Sheriff's Office, our COP’s, and our reserves for the professional services provided to the citizens of our county. As your Sheriff, I can assure each of you that we will continue to perform our job functions with integrity and professionalism and I thank you all for the opportunity to continue to serve our great county. I would also like to thank our citizens for their continued and unwavering support and the prayers for our officers and their families during these tough times. We all hope and pray that 2021 begins the healing process that our country so needs and desires. Should any of our citizens have questions or comments about the Washington County Sheriff's Office, please get in touch with us through email, by phone, or in person. Also, feel free to visit our website at www.washingtoncosheriff.org.
Lastly, I want to advise our citizens that if the need arises to verify current inmates, bonding information, and charges, this information can be viewed on our website listed under Current Inmate Roster and then accessing by clicking on “Inmates.”
As a reminder, the Washington County Dispatch Center non-emergency number is 979-277-7373. If you have an emergency, always call 911. The main number for the Washington County Sheriff's Office is 979-277-6251.
Respectfully and God bless Washington County
Sheriff Otto H. Hanak