Representative Donations By The Foundation In Support of the Harris County Sheriff’s Office
It is our sincere hope that supplemental donations of specialized training and equipment provided by the HCSO Foundation for the HCSO will reduce the risks of loss of life, injury or harm of our deputies while in the line of duty.
At the request of former Sheriff Adrian Garcia, the HCSO Foundation agreed to fully fund the design and construction of a HCSO Memorial Garden that would respectfully honor the memory of the fallen peace officers of Harris County.
High Water Rescue Unit
Given the frequency of flooding events within Harris County and the Greater Houston area, the HCSO Foundation recently donated (7) rafts for use by the Harris County Sheriff’s Office deputies for high water rescue calls.
A portion of the donation was made possible due to the generosity of our community partners, CITGO and LyondellBasell.
First Responder/Tactical Response Unit
- Body Armor Vests, Tactical Gear and Equipment
- Portable toxic vapor reader and tactical safety equipment to assist the first responders with assessing and providing remote communications regarding the safety risks concerns of first responders prior to entering potentially dangerous, toxic or hazardous environments resulting from toxic spills, explosions or fires.
- Wireless Headset Communication Equipment and Tactical Binoculars
Made possible through a joint donation with our community partner, LyondellBasell
Special Operations Division, Canine Unit Obstacle and Agility Course
Donation of a Canine Obstacle/Agility Course utilized for training and evaluation of canine officers in criminal apprehension, obedience, control regular maintenance training and annual certification. Importantly, the HCSO canine training course is significant to the Greater Houston and surrounding Gulf Coast region as it serves as a training facility for other regional canine law enforcement units including:
All eight (8) Harris County Constable Precincts, Montgomery County Constable’s Office, Waller County Sheriff’s Office, Splendora Police Department, Humble Police Department, Missouri City Police Department, Baytown Police Department, Hempstead Police Department, Pearland Police Department, Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office and Bryan Police Department. Additionally, the HCSO Canine Unit’s Obstacle and Agility Course also serves as a training facility for “K9s4Cops” canine’s gifted by the organization.
The HCSO Foundation has provided full funding for the donation of a “dual” trained patrol and narcotics HCSO canine officer and partial funding for the donation of a vapor/bomb detection HCSO canine officer.
Crime Scene Unit (C.S.U.)
Donation of Leica ScanStation digital equipment to provide objective multidimensional 3-D images documenting evidence for complex crime scene, accident and homicide investigations and the prosecution of related criminal legal matters.
This state of the art technology provides a completely objective 3-Dimensional computerized scan of crime and accident scenes for a more technologically accurate and complete investigative process.
At the time of the donation, in 2016, this specialized 3D Digital ScanStation was 1 of only 5 available to all law enforcement agencies within the entire state of Texas.
Homeless Outreach Team (H.O.T.)
The Harris County Sheriff’s Office, (HCSO) has indicated that it is sensitive to the struggles of the homeless within Harris County and that the department seeks to proactively engage with the homeless and to connect homeless individuals to existing service providers within the community when appropriate.
The Homeless Outreach Team, (H.O.T.) was first launched as a pilot program in October of 2015 by the HCSO. Essential funding support for the H.O.T. pilot program was made possible by private donations by concerned citizens to the HCSO Foundation.
The deputies with the H.O.T. were provided with equipment and specialized training to assist them in interfacing safely and efficiently with Harris County’s high risk homeless population.
Donated equipment included: IdentiSystem portable ID scanners and printers, an off-road ATV Mule, fully outfitted program vehicles, including a designated Chevy Tahoe and transport van fully equipped with specialized computers and supplies to assist the H.O.T. team deputies with 1) assessing and assisting members of the vulnerable homeless population and 2) the identification of high-risk transit criminals who may pose an immediate threat to the community.
Since its launch, the HCSO H.O.T. program has resulted in thousands of homeless contacts within the Greater Houston area by successfully partnering with supportive community partners including:
- Coalition for the Homeless
- Northwest Assistance Ministries (NAM)
- Veterans Administration (VA)
- Suicide Hotline
- Bristow Homeless Unit
- Lakewood United Methodist Church
Full funding made possible via private donors.
Mental Health Crisis Intervention and Jail Diversion Programs
Funding for Curriculum resources for the HCSO Mental Health and Jail Reentry Programs including the innovative Stars and Stripes program for veterans, Evoke/Evolve program for substance abuse and addiction inmates and sex trafficking and prostitution victim reentry programs.
Full funding made possible via a private donor.