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Houston is the fourth largest city in the U.S.
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HCSO Explorers
HCSO Crime Control Detail
The Opening of District 5 Substation

The Mission of the Harris County Sheriff's Office is
"To enhance the safety and protect the trust of the citizens of Harris County by enforcing the law with integrity and professionalism."

Open Carry

As we prepare for the holidays, we must not overlook the upcoming Open Carry law that goes into effect on January 1, 2016. I want to be clear on a few items:

Law enforcement needs to know how to properly respond to situations involving persons the peace officer observes carrying handguns either in the open and secured in holsters....

In furtherance of the Joint Processing Center project, please be advised that Clark Construction will be doing utility work on Baker Street from April 5, 2016 to August 12, 2016. While a minimum of two lanes will remain open at all times, the road work may cause congestion on Baker Street, especially during peak times. Please click here to see the maps of the planned work for more details.


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  • Sheriff Ron Hickman

    Sheriff Ron Hickman began his career in law enforcement in June of 1971.

  • HCSO Academy

    The HCSO Academy is certified by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) and abides by its rules.

  • HCSO Memorial

    The Harris County Sheriff’s Deputies has recorded forty-two (42) officers that have been killed or lost their lives in the line of duty.

  • Inmate Visitation

    Users can learn more about individual inmates, their condition and status.

  • Online Reporting

    Harris County Sheriff's Office Citizens Online Police Reporting System

  • Inmate Care

    The public’s trust is essential for the HCSO to perform its mission.

  • Youth Programs

    The Explorer program lets young adults explore a career in law enforcement.

  • C. P. A.

    The HCSO’s Citizen’s Police Academy (CPA) is a once-a-week, 13-week program.

  • Missing Persons

    Information regarding missing children, missing adults, and how to file a report.

  • Permits

    Users can learn more about specific requirements for various businesses.

About Us

The Harris County Sheriff's Office, founded in 1837, is the largest sheriff's office in Texas and the third largest in the United States. The HCSO has over 4600 employees and 200 reservists dedicated to ensuring the safety of over 4.1 million residents who call Harris County home. Harris County encompasses 1788 square miles (1729 land) and includes forty-one incorporated municipalities.

Core Values

Merit and maintain the public’s trust.
Embrace and deliver professional service.
Protect our citizens with honor and courage.
Exemplify ethical conduct at all times.
Develop, encourage, and care for our Sheriff’s Office family.

Contact Us

1200 Baker Street
Houston, TX 77002
Emergency: 911
Non Emergency: (713) 221-6000
Inmate Information: (713) 755-5300
Information Line: (713) 755-6044

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