ECSO announces availability of free serial number registry service


ELLIS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE

Johnny Brown, Sheriff

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

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.


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SAOT scholarship presented


ELLIS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE

Johnny Brown, Sheriff

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

SAOT scholarship presented

Waxahachie, Texas – April 28, 2015

Matthew Smith has been awarded a second $500 academic scholarship from the Sheriffs’ Association of Texas. A 2011 graduate of Waxahachie High School, Matthew is working on his Bachelor of Arts degree in theater tech/design at Santa Fe University of Art and Design in Santa Fe, N.M. He plans to pursue graduate work at either New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts or Yale School of Drama.

Matthew is the son of Glen and Heidi Smith, and Shelley Smith. Glen Smith is an investigator with the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office; Heidi Smith is a telecommunicator with the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office.

Shown are, from left, Ellis County Sheriff Johnny Brown, ECSO telecommunicator Heidi Smith, Matthew Smith and ECSO investigator Glen Smith.


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ECSO Explorers take second place honors in Battle at Big D competition


ELLIS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE

Johnny Brown, Sheriff

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

ECSO Explorers take second place honors in Battle at Big D competition

Waxahachie, Texas – April 28, 2015

The Ellis County Sheriff’s Office Explorers Post took second place honors in the Dallas Police Department’s Battle at Big D Explorer Competition, held April 4 at Fair Park. The four-member team representing the Post at the event included ECSO Explorer Capt. Colten Prater, Lt. Gage Adams, Sgt. Shelby Snodgress and Sgt. Trevor Snodgress.

The ECSO Explorers were one of 24 four-member teams competing in the invitation-only competition. Taking first place honors was the Waxahachie Police Department Explorer Post, with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office Explorer Post taking third.

The Dallas Police Explorers’ Facebook page described the event as “extremely competitive” before adding, “The future of policing is looking very bright. All Explorer teams did a great job and deserve a round of applause.”

Also taking part in the event were Explorer teams representing the Irving Police Department, Southwest High School, Lackland Security Forces, Customs and Border Protection, Brownsville High School, Border Patrol, Forest Hill Police Department, Travis County Constables Pct. 2, Quinlan ISD, Murphy Police Department, Arlington Police Department, Little Elm Police Department, and Brandeis High School.


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ECSO assists with Drug Take Back initiative


ELLIS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE

Johnny Brown, Sheriff

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

ECSO assists with Drug Take Back initiative

Waxahachie, Texas – April 25, 2015

The Ellis County Sheriff’s Office and a number of other agencies worked together to sponsor a Drug Take Back initiative that saw 629 pounds of unused prescription drugs turned in for destruction. The drugs were collected from the public at five locations: Cedar Hill, Ennis, Midlothian, Palmer and Waxahachie.

Among the participating agencies were the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office; Waxahachie, Palmer, Ennis and Ennis ISD Police Departments; Waxahachie Fire Department; Constable Pct. 1 Roy Callender Jr.; Impact Waxahachie; Impact Ennis; and Drug Prevention Resources Inc. Stay tuned for a Drug Take Back date for the fall.


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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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