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 Explorers take third in Plano X Explorer Competition


Johnny Brown, Sheriff


ECSO Explorers take third in Plano X Explorer Competition

Waxahachie, Texas – Nov. 6, 2015

Three members of the Ellis County Sheriff’s Exploring Program competed in the annual Plano X Explorer Competition on Oct. 24-25, bringing home a third place overall trophy. This competition is recognized as the most extreme Explorer competition in the nation.

Only 10 teams nationwide are allowed to compete and each may only send one three-person team. Representing the ECSO Explorers were Lt. Gage Adams, Sgt. Ross McRee and Matthew Aguilar.

The event started at 6 p.m. Saturday and ended Sunday at 7 a.m. This year’s competing teams were from the U.S. Border Patrol, San Antonio PD, Irving PD, Richardson PD, The Colony PD, Grand Prairie PD, Trophy Club PD, Coppell PD, Keller PD and the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office.

“The events this year were some of the most realistic and best I have ever seen,” said Deputy Jeff Prater, who serves as lead Explorer advisor for the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office.

The scenario events included a vehicle pursuit, an open carry demonstration at a government building, officer down, political protest, someone impersonating as an officer and others. The scenarios chosen for the competition are ones that officers have had to deal with in real life.

Prater said he was particularly pleased with how the ECSO Explorer team handled the scenario involving a suspect who was impersonating an officer. In the scenario, the suspect had pulled a vehicle pulled over and was holding an individual at gunpoint.

“Our Explorers arrived and secured the area,” Prater said. “They identified the ‘officer,’ who was wearing BDUs, a badge and a gun belt. He told the Explorers he was an officer from another department. Our Explorers noticed he had a police ID, but they still checked to verify his story. They checked to see if the ‘officer’ had a criminal history and found he was a convicted felon. Our Explorers quickly took the imposter down and placed him under arrest.

“As they were gathering evidence, they then noticed there was more to this offense,” Prater said. “They found that the imposter had kidnapped a person and had them tied up in the trunk of his car. Our Explorers scored a 98 out of a possible 100 points on this scenario.”

In all, each Explorer team competed in 10 different scenarios overnight. At the end of the competition, the top three teams were U.S. Border Patrol, first place overall team; San Antonio PD, second place overall team; and Ellis County Sheriff’s Office – third place overall team.

“I am very proud of our Explorers,” said Prater. “The citizens of Ellis County will be glad to know that these Explorers are the future law enforcement officers of America, and the future looks bright.”

Cutline: From left, Ellis County Sheriff Explorer Matthew Aguilar, Lt. Gage Adams and Sgt. Ross McRee.


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Ellis County Sheriff’s Office participates in National Night Out


Johnny Brown, Sheriff


Ellis County Sheriff’s Office participates in National Night Out

Waxahachie, Texas – Oct. 7, 2015

The Ellis County Sheriff’s Office participated again this year in National Night Out, with Deputies, Explorers, Canine Units and Mascots attending the different community-wide events held across the county.

Each year, National Night Out provides a great way to enjoy a nice evening with friends and neighbors as well as an opportunity to meet new people in the community along with members of local law enforcement and the Sheriff’s Office. In most states, it’s celebrated the first Tuesday in August; however, it’s typically held the first Tuesday in October in Texas to avoid hot weather.

National Night Out is a program sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch, which is a nonprofit crime prevention organization that formed back in 1981. This year was the 32nd year National Night Out was held to foster good relationships between law enforcement and the communities it serves, with more than 16,000 communities and tens of millions of people in attendance.

All of the officers and deputies on hand were there to share crime prevention information such as how to set up a neighborhood watch program and tips on preventing burglaries, to answer questions and to hear from members of the community about any concerns they might have.

This year’s National Night Out community-wide events, sponsored by the local police departments, were held in Midlothian, Red Oak, Ovilla, Oak Leaf, Palmer, Italy and Milford. National Night Out is always a free, fun and family-friendly activity.

As a reminder, you should contact your local police department or your Sheriff’s Office anytime you’ve got a question or want to report something unusual occurring in your neighborhood. You are our extra eyes and ears for what’s going on. If you want to learn more about the programs offered by our Crime Prevention Division Deputies, please contact us at 972-937-6060 or visit our website at www.elliscountysheriff.com.


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