To effectively and efficiently provide for the protection of lives and property, preserve the public peace, and provide needed community services with the highest level of professionalism and ethical standards. The Sheriff’s Office recognizes that government exists for the benefit of the people. Enforcement and regulatory actions against persons are carried out for the benefit of society as a whole. We do not act to adjudicate or rectify injustices, inequities, or wrongs between individuals, but we act only to maintain order for the preservation and protection of society as a whole.
Sheriff Duties Sheriff is a constitutionally created office with duties prescribed by the Texas legislature (Tex.Const.Art. V, sec. 23). The Sheriff is the chief law enforcement officer for the county and has a range of duties that include:
Providing security for the district and county courts;
Enforcing traffic laws and conducting criminal investigations;
Civil service process;
Operation of the jail and accepting bail for prisoners in custody;
Conducting sales of seized and unclaimed properties;
Maintaining communications with other law enforcement agencies.
The Sheriff is elected every four years and has countywide jurisdiction, but in practice, most sheriff offices concentrate their activities outside city limits where municipal officers cannot operate.