Shelby County Sheriff's Office

Shelby County Sheriff's Office The Mission of the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office is “To provide quality public safety services to the residents and visitors of Shelby County with integrity and professionalism.”
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THE SCSO could not operate the way it does without our amazing dispatchers. Today and everyday we are so grateful for th...
04/16/2021

THE SCSO could not operate the way it does without our amazing dispatchers. Today and everyday we are so grateful for their dedication to our office. We could never thank you enough for everything that you do. We appreciate you!

THE SCSO could not operate the way it does without our amazing dispatchers. Today and everyday we are so grateful for their dedication to our office. We could never thank you enough for everything that you do. We appreciate you!

The Tenaha Business Men’s Association invited Sheriff Kevin W. Windham to be the guest speaker at their meeting held Wed...
04/08/2021

The Tenaha Business Men’s Association invited Sheriff Kevin W. Windham to be the guest speaker at their meeting held Weds., April 8. Sheriff Windham gave an update on things happening at the SCSO and spoke about plans for the office in the months to come.
The SCSO greatly appreciates invitations to be included in organizations and events happening around our county. Thanks, Tenaha Business Men! Lunch was fantastic!

Pictured are (L to R): SCSO Deputy William Denison, Chief Deputy Ruth Gonzales, Sheriff Kevin W. Windham, Association President Roland Cross, and Lieutenant Tanner Peace.

The Tenaha Business Men’s Association invited Sheriff Kevin W. Windham to be the guest speaker at their meeting held Weds., April 8. Sheriff Windham gave an update on things happening at the SCSO and spoke about plans for the office in the months to come.
The SCSO greatly appreciates invitations to be included in organizations and events happening around our county. Thanks, Tenaha Business Men! Lunch was fantastic!

Pictured are (L to R): SCSO Deputy William Denison, Chief Deputy Ruth Gonzales, Sheriff Kevin W. Windham, Association President Roland Cross, and Lieutenant Tanner Peace.

Shelby County Sheriff Kevin W. Windham recently completed an extensive training course at the Correctional Management In...
04/08/2021

Shelby County Sheriff Kevin W. Windham recently completed an extensive training course at the Correctional Management Institute of Texas, a division of Sam Houston State University. One of only 18 jail administrators chosen from across Texas, Sheriff Windham spent more than 40 hours in this program learning the professional skills and techniques needed for managing a county jail.

The program was provided at no cost to Shelby County or the registrants, through a collaboration of the Correctional Management Institute of Texas, the Texas Jail Association, and the Texas Association of Counties. This training is endorsed by the Sheriffs’ Association of Texas. These elite 18 are returning to their counties with an education in their profession that is unequalled in Texas.

The Texas Association of Counties, which provides training to all county officials, is a non-profit professional organization. Sam Houston State University is known nationwide as the premier school for Criminal Justice students. The Texas Jail Association and the Sheriffs’ Association of Texas are professional organizations dedicated to the training and welfare of their members.

Shelby County Sheriff Kevin W. Windham recently completed an extensive training course at the Correctional Management Institute of Texas, a division of Sam Houston State University. One of only 18 jail administrators chosen from across Texas, Sheriff Windham spent more than 40 hours in this program learning the professional skills and techniques needed for managing a county jail.

The program was provided at no cost to Shelby County or the registrants, through a collaboration of the Correctional Management Institute of Texas, the Texas Jail Association, and the Texas Association of Counties. This training is endorsed by the Sheriffs’ Association of Texas. These elite 18 are returning to their counties with an education in their profession that is unequalled in Texas.

The Texas Association of Counties, which provides training to all county officials, is a non-profit professional organization. Sam Houston State University is known nationwide as the premier school for Criminal Justice students. The Texas Jail Association and the Sheriffs’ Association of Texas are professional organizations dedicated to the training and welfare of their members.

Sheriff's Association memberships being accepted - Shelby County Sheriff
04/08/2021
Sheriff's Association memberships being accepted - Shelby County Sheriff

Sheriff's Association memberships being accepted - Shelby County Sheriff

Memberships into the Sheriff’s Association of Texas (SAT) are being mailed out through their headquarters in Austin. The SAT is one of the oldest law enforcement associations in the nation.  The Sheriffs’ Association of Texas met for the first time on August 14, 1874, in the courthouse in Corsi...

The Shelby County Children’s Advocacy Center (SCCAC) is observing National Child Abuse Prevention Month during the month...
04/08/2021

The Shelby County Children’s Advocacy Center (SCCAC) is observing National Child Abuse Prevention Month during the month of April to raise awareness of child abuse and neglect, and create strong communities to support the strengthening and healing of abused children and their non-offending family members.
The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office will do all in our power to protect all children. Our children are our most precious commodity. Our children are the future.
We appreciate Shelby County Judge Allison Harbison and our Shelby County Commissioners for recognizing April as Child Abuse Awareness Month.

Thanks, Judge Marla Denby for sending us this picture of the flags flying over our office last night!
04/07/2021

Thanks, Judge Marla Denby for sending us this picture of the flags flying over our office last night!

Thanks, Judge Marla Denby for sending us this picture of the flags flying over our office last night!

04/04/2021
A fresh new look! A huge thanks to Armadillo Signs in Nacogdoches for the fantastic lettering. Great job!
03/31/2021

A fresh new look! A huge thanks to Armadillo Signs in Nacogdoches for the fantastic lettering. Great job!

Shelby County Sheriff Kevin W. Windham reports the arrest of Matthew Thomas Bennett, 37, of Beckville.On March 25, 2021 ...
03/26/2021

Shelby County Sheriff Kevin W. Windham reports the arrest of Matthew Thomas Bennett, 37, of Beckville.

On March 25, 2021 at approximately 2:17 p.m., deputies were dispatched to a residence on Chalk Street in Joaquin in reference to a burglary of a habitation. Once on scene, deputies made contact with Bennett, and were able to identify him as the suspect in the reported burglary. Deputies began to question Bennett in regards to the incident and he became combative towards the officers.
The SCSO Communications Center confirmed Bennett to have an active warrant for his arrest. Deputies attempted to restrain Bennett and he was non-compliant with their requests. Bennett was tased by SCSO deputies, restrained with handcuffs behind his back and placed in the backseat of a patrol unit.

As SCSO deputies were clearing the scene, Bennett, unbeknown to deputies, worked his restraints to the front of his body, forced his way out of the patrol unit, entered the driver’s side of the unit and fled the scene.

ONSTAR located the unit on an oilfield location site off of FM 699 and all area law enforcement began searching for the suspect in that area. Bennett inflicted severe damage to the unit that caused interruptions with ONSTAR being able to continue tracking the unit. After a lengthy search by law enforcement officials, ONSTAR was able to shut the unit down by enabling the remote ignition block feature installed on the unit.

Chief Deputy Ruth Gonzales and Lieutenant Tanner Peace were patrolling the area where the vehicle was last known to be and spotted the unit at an abandoned residence on FM 699 at CR 4550.

The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) set up a perimeter around the property and a DPS officer began negotiations with Bennett through the communications radio installed in the unit. After unsuccessful attempts at negotiation, the Center Police Department Special Response Team was able to extract the suspect from the vehicle with assistance from a DPS helicopter.

Bennett was taken into custody at 10:49 p.m., unharmed. He was still in the handcuffs the officer restrained him in. He was cleared on scene by Allegiance Mobile Health. He is currently housed in the Shelby County jail and has been charged with UUMV (SJF) $20K bond; Evading Arrest/Detention W/Vehicle (SJF) NO BOND; Escape From Custody (M-A) $10K bond; Resisting Arrest (M-A) $10K bond. He was arraigned by JP1 Donna Hughes.

This situation is not something that we face regularly in our county. This outcome would have not ended the way it did without the experience and professionalism that so many provided.

To our SCSO 911 Telecommunicators Chelsea Jernigan, Casey Jackson, Evelyn Ordaz and Tiffany Ryals, along with SCSO Administrators Cindy Bradshaw and Leah Chase: you all were the unseen heroes in this situation. Each of you worked tirelessly ensuring communication was provided to everyone on scene. Your professionalism and dedication to our office and this county does not go unnoticed. Each of you worked together and as a whole depicted the true definition of a family. Thank you will never be enough.

SCSO Deputies, THANK YOU. Thank you for serving our county. Thank you for your dedication to our office. Each of you makes sacrifices on a daily basis just by putting on a uniform. We are proud of you, your work, and your dedication to a career that is becoming more difficult each passing day. Thank you for having a servant’s heart.

Center Police Department Special Response Team, you shut the situation down. Your training came in at a time when has never been more needed. Each of you showed up, and without hesitation went in and defused what could have been a tragic situation. Thank you for having our back, and for helping to protect our county in a critical time of need.

Desoto Parish Sheriff’s Office – we called and you were here, with a team of officers and equipment ready to take the front line. You stepped in without hesitation. Thank you from all of us.

Shelby County Constables Zack Warr, Taylor Fanguy, Josh Tipton, Jamie Hagler and Roy Cheatwood, we are grateful for your assistance. Each of you always show up every single time you are needed.

To all of the agencies who assisted us on scene, around the area, at the county lines and were on standby: Game Wardens Austin Cryer and Sam Anderson; Panola County Sheriff Kevin Lake and deputies; Panola County Constable Bryan Murff; Panola County 911 Telecommunicators; Tenaha ISD Chief of Police David Jeeter, Nacogdoches County SWAT, Nacogdoches County Sheriff’s Office, Angelina County Sheriff’s Office, DPS officers from surrounding counties, San Augustine County Sheriff Robert Cartwright, Hughes Wrecker; and you, the public – thank you. Thank you for coming to our aide. Thank you for filling the gap. Thank you for endless dedication to our office. We see you, each of you. Just as you provided assistance to us in this time of need, we will show up every time you need us.

Please continue to keep all of our law enforcement officers in your thoughts and prayers. From all of us at the SCSO, thank you for allowing us to serve you. Thank you for accepting us in the community and for supporting us. We are ever grateful.

Sheriff Kevin W. Windham

03/26/2021

UPDATE: The suspect is unharmed and is in custody.

03/26/2021

The SCSO is currently in negotation with a suspect stemming from an incident that occurred earlier this afternoon. A perimeter has been established and the suspect is not on the loose.
FM 699 is shutdown at this time and will remain closed until the situation is resolved.
We ask for your prayers for all officers and the suspect involved at this time.

Telecommunications position available at the SCSO - Shelby County Sheriff
03/25/2021
Telecommunications position available at the SCSO - Shelby County Sheriff

Telecommunications position available at the SCSO - Shelby County Sheriff

The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office is accepting applications for Telecommunicators (911 Dispatchers). Telecommunicators are responsible for dispatching law enforcement, fire and EMS providers to emergency and non-emergency calls for assistance. This career field is ideal for a person with excellen...

Telecommunications position available at the SCSO - Shelby County Sheriff
03/25/2021
Telecommunications position available at the SCSO - Shelby County Sheriff

Telecommunications position available at the SCSO - Shelby County Sheriff

The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office is accepting applications for Telecommunicators (911 Dispatchers). Telecommunicators are responsible for dispatching law enforcement, fire and EMS providers to emergency and non-emergency calls for assistance. This career field is ideal for a person with excellen...

Shelby County Sheriff's Office
03/23/2021

Shelby County Sheriff's Office

The Shelby County Sheriff's Office is accepting applications for Correctional Officers. Applicants must be U.S citizens,...
03/21/2021

The Shelby County Sheriff's Office is accepting applications for Correctional Officers. Applicants must be U.S citizens, have a high school diploma and a clear background. Applicants must be able to pass a drug screen and have basic computer knowledge.
Must be available to work any shift; as well as weekends and holidays when required.
Applications may be picked up at the Shelby County Sheriff's Office located at 100 Hurst Street, Center, TX.
Any questions related to this position may be directed to Jail Administrator Don Moore by calling 936-598-5601.
The Shelby County Sheriff's Office is an equal opportunity employer.

Lieutenant Tanner Peace (left) and Chief Deputy Ruth Gonzalez (right) recently attended a one-week training class sponso...
03/16/2021

Lieutenant Tanner Peace (left) and Chief Deputy Ruth Gonzalez (right) recently attended a one-week training class sponsored by the FBI. The Leadership Class provided training which will allow our officers to better serve our community.
The SCSO is committed to provide as much training as possible for our officers.
Pictured with Lt. Peace and Chief Gonzalez is Tim Platts, FBI LEEDA Instructor.

Shelby County Sheriff Kevin Windham reports the arrest of Robert Bradly Lindsey, 58, of Center.On March 9, 2021, a team ...
03/10/2021

Shelby County Sheriff Kevin Windham reports the arrest of Robert Bradly Lindsey, 58, of Center.
On March 9, 2021, a team of sergeants with the Office of the Texas Attorney General Criminal Investigations Division Child Exploitation Unit served search warrants on Lindsey as a result of a report initiated by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. The investigation revealed Lindsey to be in possession of child po*******hy.
Lindsey is a registered s*x offender with the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office. During the course of the investigation, the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office was able to identify violations on Lindsey’s registration and charged him with three violations.
Lindsey was booked into the Shelby County Jail on two charges of Child Po*******hy (F-3) and three charges of Failure to Comply with S*x Offender Registration Requirements with a Previous Conviction (F-2).
Lindsey was arraigned by Justice of the Peace Precinct 1 Donna Hughes and he is being held in the Shelby County Jail on bonds totaling $800,000.
The SCSO does not take lightly the severity of crimes against children. Tips and information regarding s*x offenders are encourage to be reported. Currently Shelby County has approximately 115 s*x offenders residing in our area. Questions and concerns regarding offenders can be directed to Leah Chase - SCSO S*x Offender Registrar by calling our office at 936.598.5601.
The SCSO would like to extend a sincere thanks to the OAG for allowing us to be a part of this investigation. Their diligence to this case resulted in removing a child predator from the streets.

Vanished - Richard Lee Sanders - Shelby County Sheriff
03/08/2021
Vanished - Richard Lee Sanders - Shelby County Sheriff

Vanished - Richard Lee Sanders - Shelby County Sheriff

The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office Cold Case Division is committed to the pursuit of justice, not just for the victims, but also for the victims family who are left behind. Despite the passing of many years, the following victims and their untimely deaths have not been forgotten, nor will the fami...

Search warrant leads to arrest; narcotics located - Shelby County Sheriff
02/25/2021
Search warrant leads to arrest; narcotics located - Shelby County Sheriff

Search warrant leads to arrest; narcotics located - Shelby County Sheriff

On March 23, 2021, the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant at a residence on East Saddle Street in Joaquin. Per Shelby County Sheriff Kevin W. Windham, the search warrant was a result of several reports of drug activity in the area. During the search, officers located 19 grams...

02/21/2021

Patroon Baptist Church will be offering chicken and dumplings to linemen, utility workers, first responders and road crew workers Sunday, Feb. 21 beginning at 12:30 at Patroon Baptist Church. The church adress is 310 FM 2261 in Shelbyville.
Thank you, Patroon Baptist Church! Your kindness and generosity is a blessing to Shelby County!

This week, our county was faced with winter weather that was impossible to prepare for. While everyone took proper preca...
02/19/2021

This week, our county was faced with winter weather that was impossible to prepare for. While everyone took proper precautions, there was no way any of us could have prepared for what we faced.
The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office has worked nonstop, handling literally hundreds of calls, from citizens of Shelby County who were in need. Our dispatchers have been the unseen heroes during this time. Our office could not have operated the way it did without the efforts that each of these ladies put forward. The work that our dispatchers do exceeds far beyond answering telephones. These ladies are blessing to our office and to our county. We are very proud and thankful for each one of them.
Our deputies were out on the roads responding to calls and assisting in every way needed. They safely brought employees to and from work that were unable to make it in. Our deputies worked long hours during this time and as always, your hard work has not gone unnoticed. These men and women risk their lives for a career that is often difficult and unappreciated. We are incredibly thankful for each of them who serve our county. Your efforts are what keep us running smoothly.
Our administrative staff and correctional officers kept our jail operating without a problem. We appreciate the work that each of you do!
Our constables, state troopers, fire departments, commissioners, EMS providers, TxDOT workers and wrecker companies worked above and beyond their means to assist every single person in need. Resources were so limited during this time and each of you came forward and pulled through when solutions seemed impossible.
To ALL of the linemen working in Shelby County and public utility companies, thank you seems so inadequate. You left your homes and families in the freezing rain and snow to serve others. Your tireless dedication has restored electricity, water and internet services to thousands of Shelby County residents. We would never be able to credit the work you do and have done. You are in our thoughts and prayers. We see you and we are ever thankful.
Rusty Evans of Just-In-Time Sanitizations Services (Wolf Pack Rentals) in Carthage, along with his employee, Tommy, delivered portable toilets to the jail Wednesday night in the freezing rain. When the pipes at the jail began to freeze, Rusty and Tommy were quick to respond to our needs. Rusty, you have no idea how much we appreciate you coming through for us in the way that you did. You were literally, just in time!
Michael Hooks, store manager of Brookshire Brothers, opened their doors for us Thursday and graciously donated cases of water to the jail so that our inmates had clean drinking water. Thank you for your generosity and kindness!
Residents of Shelby County, huge thanks to all of you who came out with tractors, chainsaws and other equipment to help our neighbors and stranded motorists. We can always count on you to lend a hand where it is needed.
Business and restaurants have operated way understaffed during this time just to help keep our county a float. You have provided hot meals, fuel and other necessities to our residents. You have worked long hours and we know that you are exhausted. Thank you for going above and beyond to be there for us in this critical time of need.
The staff at the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office is grateful for the support we had during this time. Thanks to each of you who simply called in to say thank you.
As a whole, we survived. We survived because we pulled together. We survived because we are strong. We survived because we had one another to lean on. We survived because we are Shelby County.
If you need us, we are here. Let’s keep one another in our prayers.

Sheriff Kevin W. Windham

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100 Hurst Street
Center, TX
75935

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