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Tyler County Booster - February 2009
Editors Note: This is the first of a series of regular monthly columns by Tyler County Sheriff David Hennigan.
Before I actually decided to run for Sheriff; I would sometimes wonder, “What I would do as a newly-elected Sheriff”. (Remembering my father’s comments during the first few months when he was the newly-elected Sheriff; buying a large bottle of aspirin was somewhere on the list.) Many different ideas came to mind on how to best proceed as a new Sheriff, but one idea in particular was a mainstay, and that was “keeping the public informed about their Sheriff’s Office”. With that in mind, and with the cooperation of The Tyler County Booster staff, this article was written, and will continue to be written on a monthly basis. I firmly believe that an informed and involved public is one of law enforcement’s best assets, and is its’ greatest source of intelligence information. Between these monthly articles, speaking engagements and the Town Hall-style meetings I will schedule throughout Tyler County, I plan to inform our citizens about law enforcement policies and personnel changes designed to improve our effectiveness; our activities; new laws as they come out; and our current overcrowded jail population issues. Since I have taken office, staying busy has never been an issue. Approximately 45 minutes after taking my oath of office at 12:01AM New Year’s Day, the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, with the assistance of our Office, raided a New Years Eve Party where they were selling alcoholic beverages in the Town Bluff area. Behind the arrests of this raid; another conducted a few days earlier at another similar facility near Doucette, and the repetitive violations at the same locations over the past few years, the District Attorney and our Office will seek seizure and forfeiture of these properties via public nuisance laws. As of January 21, 2009, Tyler County is now a member of the EasTex Crime Stoppers Network. We feel this membership will allow the citizens of Tyler County, and the surrounding counties, to feel more at ease when reporting suspicious or criminal activity, allowing them to do so anonymously, with the potential for a monetary reward for their information leading to a successful conviction or apprehension. The number for utilizing this service is 409-724-TIPS(8477). Former Sheriff Jessie Wolf has decided to retire from Tyler County law enforcement, after serving you more than 28 years. His service to my father was considered invaluable, his service as your Sheriff over the past 4 years was appreciated by many, and I feel Tyler County should feel grateful for a man of his good-heartedness and presence watching over and protecting you and your loved ones for so many years. If you have any comments, questions, or suggestions, please feel free to call our office and let us know via the non-emergency line, 409-283-2172. I consider it an honor to be able to serve Tyler County in this capacity, and look forward to continue for many years to come.