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.



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 announces availability of free serial number registry service


Johnny Brown, Sheriff


ECSO announces availability of free serial number registry service

Waxahachie, Texas – May 1, 2015

The Ellis County Sheriff’s Office is pleased to announce the availability of a free serial number registry service for the public’s use. Access this service via the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office’s website at www.elliscountysheriff.com by clicking on “Serial Number Registry,” which is listed under the “Other Information” header on the lower left-hand rail.

Clicking on “Serial Number Registry” will take you to a webpage that explains this program and contains a link to the “ReportIt” site, where you can sign up a personal account and start logging serial numbers and other information for your valuable items.

This citizen property inventory system is maintained by “LeadsOnline” and is a safe and secure database where people can register information and upload photographs of their items. Serial numbers can be found on televisions, stereos, game systems, computers, firearms, kitchen appliances, camcorders, air conditioners, cell phones, cameras and numerous other items. Finding one stolen item with a recorded serial number can sometimes help investigators solve multiple burglaries.

Items without serial numbers, such as jewelry, can be registered by uploading photographs of them. A permanent marker should be used to place your initials or other owner-applied identifier on CDs, DVDs, videos and game cartridges for identification purposes. The system also allows you to upload scans of receipts.

Each account’s information is password protected and accessed via a secure socket layer network connection, which is the same type of connection used when accessing an online bank account. The system utilizes the same high-level security measures used by financial institutions and government agencies in protecting the information that is entered.

The Ellis County Sheriff’s Office invites people to help spread the word about this free property inventory system for citizen use. Please tell your friends and neighbors so they can register their serial numbers and protect their valuables.

This service, which can be used for insurance purposes, also, has a maximum of 100 items; however, it can be extended to more if an email is sent to LeadsOnline’s technical support, as explained on its website.

Anyone who experiences the theft of an item will still file a report with law enforcement for investigation. Law enforcement does not have access to individual accounts set up under this system. Should your property go missing, you will need to print the information from any computer with Internet access to give to your detective.

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


2014 Racial Profiling Report

Public information notice: Racial profiling is not an accepted practice in law enforcement. It is not and won’t be condoned by the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office. Anyone who feels he or she may have been the subject of racial profiling is asked to contact Sheriff’s Capt. Chuck Laubach at 972-825-4921. Each year, the ECSO prepares an annual statistical report that includes the number of traffic stops, arrests and searches by race and ethnicity, among other information. View that report online here.

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