Forty years of constant use
and outdated systems in the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office
evidence/property room prompted then newly-elected County Sheriff Troy
Nehls to task Lt. David Clary with bringing it up to modern standards.
Renovations have not only brought it up to code, but also significantly
improved its efficiency and safety. The efficiencies not only have
improved law enforcement but it has saved local tax dollars.
recognition, the Texas Association of Counties (TAC) has given a 2018
County Best Practices Award to the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office for
its evidence/property room modernization.
The process of
research, planning and execution took a little over a year. “The effects
were immediately apparent,” said Maj. Chad Norvell of the Fort Bend
County Sheriff’s Office.
“The improvements, along with proper
evidence destruction, have increased usable space by 25 percent, allows
for faster and more accurate evidence retrieval and created a safer
environment for employees.”
Enhancements include new security gates,
barcode scanners, Wi-Fi and mobile laptops, LED lighting, epoxy
flooring, dust-free shelving and new organizational signage.
encouraged by the concerted effort of Fort Bend County’s officials and
staff to invest the time and resources necessary to improve their law
enforcement division and run an efficient organization,” said TAC
Executive Director Gene Terry.
Fort Bend County was one of eight Texas counties selected to receive a TAC 2018 County Best Practices Award.
The biennial program recognizes the efforts of county leaders in
implementing innovative, scalable and replicable solutions to challenges
facing local government throughout Texas.
Areas of focus
include financial and general management, public safety and corrections,
health and human services, technology, community improvements and other
TAC unites, supports and
provides services to Texas counties so they can more effectively serve
their local communities.
“I want to thank TAC for this
great recognition. We are devoted to continue making efforts that will
better the Sheriff’s Office and serve our community,” said Sheriff Troy