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Houston is the fourth largest city in the U.S.
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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."


Message From Sheriff Hickman on Exciting Opportunities
Message From Sheriff Hickman on a Challenging Career

Why Do You Wear the Badge?

We asked our HCSO LEOs why they wear the badge.

HARRIS COUNTY, TX – Sheriff Ron Hickman is proud to announce that the Harris County Jail has passed an unannounced inspection from the Texas Commission on Jail Standards. Since its inception in 1975, the Texas Commission on Jails Standards (TCJS) has overseen the inspection of county jail facilities throughout the State of Texas. Inspections are conducted at random without prior notification to the host agency. The unannounced inspection commenced May 6, 2016, and has certified the Harris County Jail’s compliance with State standards. “I continue to be proud of the dedicated employees of the Harris County Sheriff’s Office. Nearly 1800 men and women report to work every day to secure the jail environment and provide for the care, custody and control of inmates,” stated Harris County Sheriff Ron Hickman. “The Texas Commission on Jail Standards is the leading regulatory commission responsible for oversight of the State’s county jails. Their certification is the affirmation of our hard work to ensure that we meet and frequently exceed jail standards.” For full details, this message on the web.

As a local government agency, employing more than fifty (50) persons and having received at least one single grant award of $500,000.00 or greater from the U.S. Department of Justice, subject to the authority of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968, the Harris County Sheriff’s Office is required to submit a biennial Equal Employment Opportunity Plan Utilization Report to the Office for Civil Rights, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice.

An Equal Employment Opportunity Plan (EEOP) Utilization Report is a comprehensive document that analyzes a recipient's relevant labor market data, as well as the recipient's employment practices, to identify possible barriers to the participation of women and minorities in all levels of a recipient's workforce. Its purpose is to ensure the opportunity for full and equal participation of men and women in the workplace, regardless of race, color, or national origin.


Texas Association of Counties

The Texas Association of Counties video highlighting the hard work, dedication, and responsibilities of Harris County Sheriff Ron Hickman and Grimes County Sheriff Don Sowell.

Click here to watch more videos from Harris County Sheriff’s Office.


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    Sheriff Ron Hickman

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

  • Academics

    HCSO Academy

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

  • HCSO Memorial

    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

    Inmate Visitation

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

  • Ordinances and Permits

    Ordinances and Permits

    Harris County Sheriff's Office Citizens Online Police Reporting System

  • Online Reporting

    Online Reporting

    Harris County Sheriff's Office Citizens is authorized to enforce these rules

  • Inmate info

    Inmate Care

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

  • HCSO Youth

    Youth Programs

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

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    C. P. A.

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

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    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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