Spring 2016 drug take back program a success


ELLIS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE

Johnny Brown, Sheriff

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Spring 2016 drug take back program a success

Waxahachie, Texas – April 30, 2016

The prescription drug take back event held April 30, 2016, took in more than 900 pounds of unused medications. The six participating Ellis County drop-off points took in 860 pounds of unused or expired medications while a participating Navarro County site took in 73 pounds.

This is the seventh year the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office has assisted with this program, which brings together law enforcement and several nonprofits, including Impact Waxahachie and Impact Ennis.

The event, which is held spring and fall serves to collect unused and expired prescription and over-the-counter medications. Providing a convenient way for residents to turn in these medications helps prevent their falling into the wrong hands and getting out on the streets. It also serves to help protect the environment by providing a safe means of disposal as opposed to people flushing them down a toilet.

The public’s support is much appreciated. Since the spring of 2013, more than 4,600 pounds of medications have been turned in and safely destroyed through this community-wide effort.

 

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ECSO Explorers awarded first place overall honors at Battle of Big D


ELLIS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE

Johnny Brown, Sheriff

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

ECSO Explorers awarded first place overall honors at Battle of Big D

Waxahachie, Texas – April 7, 2016

The Ellis County Sheriff’s Office Explorers Post took home first place overall honors during the third annual Dallas Police Explorer Battle at Big D competition at Fair Park on Saturday, April 2. The Battle of Big D competition is an invitation-only meet of 24, four-member teams that each took part in four skills-based scenarios. This year’s meet featured scenarios on active shooter, DWI, robbery in progress and domestic violence.

Representing the ECSO Explorers were its Green team of Capt. Gage Adams, Sgt. Shelby Snodgress, Cpl. Noel Campbell and Remigio Gomez. The Green team was awarded first place overall honors based upon its scenario scores of first place in active shooter, first in domestic disturbance, second in DWI and second in robbery in progress.

Also representing the ECSO Explorers was its Red team of Lt. Ross McRee, Tristan McQueen, Courtney Cline and Everett Bias. The Red team was honored with first place in the DWI scenario and third place in the active shooter scenario.

“I’ve seen most of these kids grow from ‘rookies’ to ‘veterans,’ ” said Deputy and Explorer Advisor Ella Pollins, who has worked with the post since 2011. “They’re very hard working and dedicated young adults and I was proud of them for accomplishing their goal. These kids are something else and they make me very proud to be their advisor.”

Added Deputy and Explorer Advisor Hunter Barnes, “I’m so proud of these kids; all the hard work has paid off. With continued training and dedication we look forward to the state competition.”

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2015 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. Download a PDF of the 2015 report here.

 

Telecommunicator Heidi Smith retires after 20 years of service


ELLIS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE

Johnny Brown, Sheriff

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Telecommunicator Heidi Smith retires after 20 years of service

Waxahachie, Texas – Jan. 7, 2016

The Ellis County Sheriff’s Office announces the retirement of veteran Heidi Smith on Jan. 7 after 20 years of service – all with the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office.

“I’m going to miss all of the people here at the Sheriff’s Office,” she said during a reception held in her honor in the dispatch center. “It’s been a blast and I’ve made some really good friends. I’ll miss the job, but it’s time to take a break.”

Smith and her family have purchased a home in Hamilton, where she says she will enjoy some time off before deciding on her next endeavors.

Expressing his appreciation for Smith’s two decades of service, Capt. Chuck Laubach said, “She has kept us safe all of these years.”

Smith, who holds a master certification (the highest possible) with the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement, was a recipient of Telecommunicator of the Year and Team of the Year honors from the North Central Texas Council of Governments during her tenure at the Sheriff’s Office.

 

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ECSO Explorers honored for volunteerism


ELLIS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE

Johnny Brown, Sheriff

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

ECSO Explorers honored for volunteerism

Waxahachie, Texas – Dec. 28, 2015

Thirteen Ellis County Sheriff’s Office Explorers have been awarded the President’s Volunteer Service Award for the volunteer hours they did during 2015. The President’s Volunteer Service Award is a national program open to all U.S. citizens and legal residents.

The awards are based on the recipient’s age and the number of volunteer hours served in a calendar year. Each of the Explorers received a challenge coin, a certificate of completion and a letter from President Obama thanking them for their service.

Gold Award honors were received by Explorers Everett Bias, Noel Campbell and Sgt. Shelby Snodgress. 

Silver Award honors were received by Explorers Jon Anthony, Capt. Gage Adams and Trevor Snodgress.

Bronze Award honors were received by Explorers Matthew Aguilar, Isaiah Bias, Courtney Cline, Cpl. Nadir Garcia, Remigio Gomez, Lt. Ross McRee and Cpl. Brandy Slusher.

The President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation administers the awards program, which was established in 2003 and continues as an initiative of the Corporation for National and Community Service.

In the past three years, members of the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office’s Explorer Post, including the adult advisors, have provided 5,884 hours of community service.

 

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