The Harris County Sheriff's Office is the largest sheriff's office in Texas and the third largest in the United States. Our more than 4,000 employees are committed to the safety of the nearly 4 million residents who call Harris County home.
Harris County is a burgeoning and vast metropolitan area - home to one of the most culturally rich cities in the nation. Our size and diversity present constant challenges to our men and women of law enforcement, committed to creating and maintaining a secure community. That is why a partnership between our organization and you, the residents of Harris County, is critical in the fight against crime. Help us help you.
We hope you will find our resources useful. We are honored to protect and serve you.
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."
"21st century leading law enforcement agency."
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
The HCSO is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA
This accreditation program provides law enforcement agencies an opportunity to voluntarily demonstrate that they meet an established set of professional standards
The HCSO became accredited in 2002 and is the largest law enforcement agency in Texas to receive this professional designation. We are also the largest Sheriff’s Office in the nation to be accredited.