Explorers participating in summer academies co-hosted by ECSO


ELLIS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE

Johnny Brown, Sheriff

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Explorers participating in summer academies co-hosted by ECSO

Waxahachie, Texas – July 14, 2015

Three Ellis County Sheriff’s Office Explorers recently completed a Basic Explorer Academy co-hosted by the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office, Coppell Police Department, Irving Police Department and Colleyville Police Department. The two-week basic academy was sponsored by the American Legion and was held at the Irving Police and Fire Academy.

The three ECSO Explorers, Jon Anthony, Noel Campbell and Remi Gomez, were among 24 Explorers in attendance, with Campbell voted in as president of the class. Other Explorer posts represented by members were Colleyville, Coppell, Irving, Keller, Little Elm and Trophy Club.

At the academy, the each of the Explorers was assigned to one of three squads: Alpha, Bravo and Charlie. ECSO Explorer Hannah Littles, who graduated from last year’s basic academy, returned this year as a volunteer to serve as Charlie Squad leader.

The basic academy begins with team building exercises before moving into marching drills and physical training. Each Explorer is put through the Learning for Life fitness evaluation on the first day and each day begins with physical training before moving into skills training exercises. Afternoons are typically spent in classroom study.

Topics covered included the Code of Criminal Procedure, handcuffing, use of force, traffic enforcement, misdemeanor and felony traffic stops, domestic disturbances, DWI investigation, building searches, bomb investigation and crime scene investigation. Physical skills training included completion of a U.S. Marine Corps obstacle course, rappelling exercises and defensive tactics.

A special activity saw the Explorers take part in a memorial run to the Officer Aubrey Hawkins Memorial. Hawkins was serving as an Irving police officer when he was gunned down and killed by escaped convicts after responding to a report of a sporting goods store.

The co-hosting agencies also have put together an Advanced Explorer Academy that will see its inaugural class this summer. About a dozen ECSO Explorers are expected to attend the specialized one-week school from July 20-24. To attend the advanced academy, an Explorer must have graduated from the basic academy and have a minimum of one year’s experience.

The advanced academy will include participation in specialized training scenarios, high and low ropes courses, rappelling exercises and several advanced skills topics. Instructors at this year’s academy have more than 70 years of Exploring experience between them, according to ECSO Deputy and Explorer Advisor Jeff Prater, who says, “We’re helping them (the Explorers) with the knowledge that we have.”

For more information about the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office Exploring Program, contact Deputy Jeff Prater by email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or by telephone at 972-825-4934.


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Stay safe this July 4 weekend


ELLIS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE

Johnny Brown, Sheriff

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Stay safe this July 4 weekend

Waxahachie, Texas – July 4, 2015

It's the Fourth of July weekend. We’re supposed to be celebrating Independence Day. What gives the Fourth of July its significance is that our Declaration of Independence was adopted by the Continental Congress in 1776.

May each of you celebrate our independence responsibly. We want to wish everyone a safe and happy holiday! Please remember some important safety tips not only for today, but for every day. First and foremost, please watch your children in pools, lakes or other water areas. It only takes a second for tragedy to happen. Make sure you set fireworks off in a safe manner. Remember fireworks are not allowed in the city limits.

Finally, please don't drink and drive. Not only is there a monetary loss, but also you could take a life. There are no take-backs or do-overs. Have a designated driver! We want to see each of you next week and not in jail or the obituaries.

Shown here are members of the Ellis County Sheriff’s Posse, who joined the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office in participating in the annual July 4th Parade in downtown Waxahachie.


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Scam alert


ELLIS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE

Johnny Brown, Sheriff

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Scam alert

Waxahachie, Texas – June 26, 2015

The Ellis County Sheriff’s Office is warning people about a scam that is primarily targeting elderly residents in this county. This week, several reports have been filed detailing how the unidentified suspect is calling people and trying to scare them into sending him money.

The suspect has identified himself as “Capt. Powell” with the Sheriff’s Office and made reference to county and federal employees and offices. There is no one by the name of “Capt. Powell” who works for the Sheriff’s Office. As part of the scam, the suspect calls people and tells them they have a warrant. He says if they will send him money via a prepaid card that the warrant will be removed and the matter resolved.

This is a blatant scam to take people’s money. The Sheriff’s Office does not call people to tell them they have a warrant – and does not collect money for warrants. Never send money nor give personal information to any unidentified person based on such a phone call and threat of police action.

The Sheriff’s Office is asking people to please spread the word about this scam, especially to elderly residents as that is the most targeted demographic.

“We want people to know that this scam is again making the rounds. In particular, we’d like everyone’s help in alerting our elderly residents about this because they’re the ones being targeted,” Sheriff Johnny Brown said. “We don’t want anyone to be victimized.”

Anyone who may have received a phone call from the scam artist is asked to contact ECSO Criminal Investigation Division Lt. Phil Slaughter at 972-825-4965 or their local police agency.


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Crime Stoppers of Ellis County pays for crime tips


ELLIS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE

Johnny Brown, Sheriff

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Crime Stoppers of Ellis County pays for crime tips

Waxahachie, Texas – May 20, 2015

Do you have a crime tip? Crime Stoppers of Ellis County will pay up to $1,000 for information that leads to the arrest and or conviction of a crime. The tip line is answered 24 hours a day, seven days a week; a translator is available if needed. To contact Crime Stoppers, call 972-937-PAYS (7297) or text to CRIME (274637), type HACHIE, then space and tip details. You may remain anonymous.

The public is invited to attend Crime Stoppers of Ellis County meetings, which are held at 6 p.m. the fourth Thursday of each month at the city of Waxahachie Parks and Recreation Building, 401 S. Elm St., Waxahachie.

For more information, visit the Crime Stoppers of Ellis County on Facebook or on its website, which is located at www.crimestoppersofelliscounty.org.


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ECSO Explorers assist with Friends of Scouting event


ELLIS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE

Johnny Brown, Sheriff

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

ECSO Explorers assist with Friends of Scouting event

Waxahachie, Texas – May 20, 2015

The Ellis County Sheriff’s Office’s Explorer Post recently participated in a flag presentation at the Friends of Scouting event, which is an annual fundraiser for the Boy Scouts of America’s Circle 10 Council. The event, which was held at the Omni Hotel in downtown Dallas, drew 1,250 guests, including Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, H. Ross Perot, Trevor Rees Jones (founder and chairman of Chief Oil & Gas), and Ray and Nancy Hunt (owners of Hunt Oil). The Explorers assisted with the 50-American flag presentation and also a meet-and-greet with attendees. Explorer Capt. Colten Prater was asked to speak at the event about his favorite part of being an Explorer and shared with the crowd, “Being involved with my community, being a role model and preparing for a career in law enforcement.”


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