Tarrant County Sheriff's Office

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End of Watch: September 17, 1997Today we remember TCSO Lt. George Maurice Hendrix, Jr. and Deputy Thomas 'TJ' Smith who ...
09/17/2020

End of Watch: September 17, 1997

Today we remember TCSO Lt. George Maurice Hendrix, Jr. and Deputy Thomas 'TJ' Smith who lost their lives in the line of duty.

On this day in 1997, Lt. Hendrix and Deputy Smith were participating in a helicopter surveillance flight in an attempt to find stolen motor vehicles. The helicopter crashed soon after take-off. Bystanders pulled both men from the wreckage and began life-saving procedures, but they passed away as a result of the injuries sustained in the crash.

Hendrix and Smith were military veterans and served in other departments, Hendrix at Euless PD and Smith at River Oaks PD, prior to working for TCSO. They are still missed today by family, friends and colleagues in the North Texas area.

Today, Commissioner Brooks recognized Tarrant County Sheriff's Office, Potter's House Church, Toys for Tots and others f...
09/15/2020

Today, Commissioner Brooks recognized Tarrant County Sheriff's Office, Potter's House Church, Toys for Tots and others for their work in the Christmas for Children of the Incarcerated.

It reads: This Proclamation is to recognize the Community Individuals and Groups that showed an out-pouring of support for the children in our community that were affected by their parent’s incarceration. No child should have to celebrate a Christmas without a parent or the possibility of not receiving a gift. This thought was the beginning of an idea by Sheriff Bill Waybourn and grew into the event called Christmas for Children of the Incarcerated. Almost 800 children of the 4,100 inmates that were incarcerated in the Tarrant County Jail were served. Tiffany Brinkley and Pastor Patrick Winfield II of the Potter’s House of Fort Worth were instrumental in providing a place to hold the event, gathered and assigned volunteers, collected the donations, and organized ordering toys. The congregation of the Mount Olive Baptist Church donated bicycles and Toys for Tots, Dan Varnedore, donated truckloads of toys as well. The community outreach was monumental with several Family Support groups and public assistance agencies on site during the event some of which included the following: (see more in these photos)

Thank you to everyone who works to make the program a success.

TCSO Deputy nominated as a Hometown Hero for his work with Ronald McDonald House of Fort Worth. Way to go!Deputy Biggs c...
09/13/2020
Deputy volunteers to feed families of sick kids at Ronald McDonald House of Fort Worth

TCSO Deputy nominated as a Hometown Hero for his work with Ronald McDonald House of Fort Worth. Way to go!

Deputy Biggs can often been found working with RMH, local churches, organizing 3-on-3 basketball tournaments for kids in the Fort Worth area and speaking at crime prevention meetings and schools. Shout out to him for all his hard work.

Kelly Biggs, a 34-year veteran of law enforcement, is being honored as a Fort Worth Star-Telegram Hometown Hero.

Do you recognize this guy?The suspect below is connected to a vehicle burglary in Tarrant County and Fraud offenses in H...
09/11/2020

Do you recognize this guy?

The suspect below is connected to a vehicle burglary in Tarrant County and Fraud offenses in Hudson Oaks, Parker County. If you recognize him or have any information regarding his offenses please contact HOPD, Detective Ellingsworth at 682-229-2431.

Congratulations to our most recent retirees! Wishing Deputy Wilbourn, Captain Gravitt and Sergeant Hix enjoyable days ah...
09/09/2020

Congratulations to our most recent retirees! Wishing Deputy Wilbourn, Captain Gravitt and Sergeant Hix enjoyable days ahead.

Today we're remembering Tarrant County Deputy Constable Mark Diebold. End of Watch: September 7, 2017Mark served with Co...
09/07/2020

Today we're remembering Tarrant County Deputy Constable Mark Diebold. End of Watch: September 7, 2017

Mark served with Constable Precinct 5 for 9 years after his service with TCSO from 1994-2008.

Constable Diebold was well known for helping deliver a baby on the side of the road. In July 2016, he pulled a Jeep over for speeding. When he approached the driver he stated that his wife was having a baby and they were speeding to the hospital. Constable Diebold escorted the couple for a few miles until the Jeep pulled over to the side of the road again. Diebold called for an ambulance, which did not arrive in time. Constable Diebold and a proud new daddy delivered a healthy baby girl. Constable Diebold remained close with the family and attended the little girl's first birthday celebration to have a tea party with her.

On Thursday, September 7, 2017, Constable Diebold was participating in a tactical team training exercise when he suffered a heart attack and died. Constable Diebold was known as a good friend and dedicated officer. He was often described as a friendly giant. He is missed by many friends and colleagues in Tarrant County.

09/07/2020

TCSO Deputies probably were not who suspects were hoping for when they arrived for their dates.

In recent weeks, the Tarrant County Human Trafficking Unit has been busy. They often work in collaboration with Federal, State and local law enforcement, Social Services and non-profit organizations to not only arrest offenders, but help victims. These organizations assist victims with rehabilitation, counseling services, medical evaluations and more.

Since July, the team has made 36 arrests, 12 of those related to offenses against minors, confiscated illegal drugs and money and connected 15 females with services through Unbound Fort Worth to seek help. In one arrest, the offender left an 11-month-old child in a vehicle alone while he went to meet his date. The child was OK and cared for by deputies until released to a family member.

Here's a quick shot from recent ops and information for organizations that help victims of human trafficking.

Www.unboundfortworth.org
Www.valianthearts.org
Www.traffick911.com

Since Corporal Charles Holt passed away Tuesday, we've had many people ask about donating to his family. Anyone can go i...
09/05/2020

Since Corporal Charles Holt passed away Tuesday, we've had many people ask about donating to his family. Anyone can go into a local Tarrant County Credit Union and donate in Holt's name to the Tarrant County Law Enforcement Relief Fund. Thank you to everyone who has reached out and been so kind this week.

Tarrant County 911 will be working on the call system between  2:45-3:30am on Sunday morning Sept 6th, 2020. Non-emergen...
09/04/2020

Tarrant County 911 will be working on the call system between 2:45-3:30am on Sunday morning Sept 6th, 2020. Non-emergency lines may be down during that time. Please contact 911 if you need assistance and can't get through on other numbers. Have a great weekend!

In the wake of recent storms in our area beware of scams.~ Be skeptical of sellers~ Check them out~ Never pay by wire tr...
09/04/2020

In the wake of recent storms in our area beware of scams.

~ Be skeptical of sellers
~ Check them out
~ Never pay by wire transfer, gift cards or cash until satisfied

Find more tips below and a few photos of damage caused by last weeks storm in the Briar area. Also check out ftc.gov/weatheremergencies

Thanks, Chief Gilmore! Glad we could help out.
09/04/2020

Thanks, Chief Gilmore! Glad we could help out.

Good Morning!
While you were sleeping our patrol officers were protecting our streets. Patrol officers obtained information about an illegal game room in our city.
Sansom Park opted in with Tarrant County Game Room Regulations to further combat this crime. Tarrant County Sheriff's Office Game Room Unit acted fast with the information patrol officers obtained. TCSO deputies went above & beyond! Deputies executed a search warrant, seized U.S. Currency from 11 machines & arrested the owner for 4 Class A misdemeanor gambling charges. The Certificate of Occupancy for this business was revoked by the Chief of Police & the business is closed.

TARRANT COUNTYOFFICE OF THE SHERIFFBILL E. WAYBOURNPRESS RELEASE09/02/2020September 2, 2020It is with heavy heart and gr...
09/02/2020

TARRANT COUNTY
OFFICE OF THE SHERIFF
BILL E. WAYBOURN

PRESS RELEASE
09/02/2020

September 2, 2020

It is with heavy heart and great sadness that Tarrant County Sheriff’s Office announces the death of Corporal Charles E. Holt. He was diagnosed with COVID on Thursday August 27, 2020 and lost his battle against the disease on September 1, 2020 at the age of 36.

Corporal Holt began working for TCSO in 2014 and was assigned to the booking division and served on the Intelligence team. He proudly showed up under tough conditions and performed his duties in a positive and honorable manner. He leaves behind his wife, Moranda, three children, many friends and TCSO team members. He will be greatly missed.

Mrs. Holt asked we share the touching moment when she arrived home from the hospital to break the news to her children. They told her, “It’s OK momma, we already know dad has completed his assignment here.” Please keep the family, friends and coworkers of Corporal Holt in your thoughts and prayers in the coming days.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

08/30/2020

Update: Callers reported the incident as a tornado and damage may confirm that, but the National Weather Service has not confirmed it at this time. Best to continue to avoid this area for now.

Avoid Briar area around FM 730 near Azle. A tornado has caused many downed power lines and trees. A lot of property damage in the area. No serious injuries or deaths reported at this time. Law enforcement, fire, EMS and emergency crews are working the scene.

It’s a hot one! Be safe if you’re outdoors. Drink plenty of fluids and don’t wait until you’re thirsty to hydrate. Wear ...
08/29/2020

It’s a hot one!

Be safe if you’re outdoors. Drink plenty of fluids and don’t wait until you’re thirsty to hydrate. Wear light-colored clothing and sunscreen. Try to avoid the highest temps in late afternoon. Please don’t hesitate to seek medical attention if needed.

One of our LEEP Deputies recently snapped this shot of downtown Fort Worth while riding Goose on mounted patrol in the Haywire Ranch area.

08/27/2020

Jace, 7-yrs-old, has a big heart. He wanted to find a way to support law enforcement and help children in need.

Come on out to 321 W. Main in Azle until 1:00pm today (Thur 8-27-20) to buy a cup of lemonade and help Jace raise money.

Jace has a heart for law enforcement and wanted to find a way to help. Today he is partnering today with Azle Police Department to raise money for Alliance for Children. He wanted to help law enforcement and asked Chief Pippins of Azle PD about donating to their department. The Chief suggested a cause for children. Law enforcement from Azle and Tarrant County Sheriff’s Office and many citizens have been stopping by to help.

Thank you Angie Huse, for helping your son, Jace, reach his goals and give back to the community.

08/24/2020
Deputy Brock signs off after 35 years

Congratulations and Godspeed~

Last week we said so long to Deputy Brock, our most tenured peace officer at Tarrant County SO. He began his career here in 1985 and retired after 35 years of service. TCSO is a better place because of his service as a deputy and in the Tarrant County Law Enforcement Association. Here’s a quick video when he signed off for the last time on Friday. Thank you for your service, sir.

Sheriff John B. York     End of Watch: August 24, 1861Showing respects today to Sheriff York on the anniversary of his d...
08/24/2020

Sheriff John B. York
End of Watch: August 24, 1861

Showing respects today to Sheriff York on the anniversary of his death. He was the first recorded Tarrant County Peace Officer killed in the line of duty. His name was recently added to the State and National Peace Officers Memorials.

John B. York was an early settler in Tarrant County and had taken up residence prior to the arrival of the United States Army troops, the founders of Fort Worth in 1849. Mr. York and his family had come from Missouri and settled three miles north of the present day Old Courthouse.

As a deputy, John B. York worked for the first elected Sheriff of Tarrant County, Francis Jourdan. York succeeded Jourdan and held office from 1852-1856. Tarrant County had two-year elected terms and Sheriff York was elected for a third term in 1858 and served until his death in 1861. His accomplishments include the construction of the first Tarrant County Jail, located at the northwest corner of Jones and East Belknap Street.

Although there are a number of accounts concerning the death of Sheriff York, the most plausible is based on the County’s atmosphere during the “Birdville vs. Fort Worth” battle for a County Seat. Elections had been held in 1856 and 1860, with each side very split and opinionated. Eventually, the growth of Fort Worth, as well as the votes of some cowboys from Wise County, gave the victory to Fort Worth.

Entangled in the highly contested battle was A.Y. Fowler, an established Dallas attorney and staunch Birdville supporter. Fowler was known as a heavy drinker with a volatile temper who carried a grudge and a Bowie knife. Fowler vowed revenge on the Sheriff after he removed Fowler from a local barbecue where he was causing a disturbance. The following day, a visibly intoxicated Fowler approached Sheriff York and stabbed him repeatedly. Sheriff York responded by shooting and killing Fowler. Sheriff Fowler later died from injuries sustained during the fight.

Sheriff York was 36 years old at the time of his death. He was survived by his pregnant wife, three sons and three daughters.

********* SCAM ALERT ******** The Warrant Scams continue. Please beware of fraudulent calls requesting money from you in...
08/23/2020

********* SCAM ALERT ********

The Warrant Scams continue. Please beware of fraudulent calls requesting money from you in order to clear up a warrant for your arrest. Citizens in Tarrant County have been victims of this scam. The callers may tell you of outstanding warrants, unpaid citations, failure to report to jury service, etc. and that refusal to pay money will result in your arrests. They are instructing citizens to purchase gift cards, green dot cards, etc. and to put money on them for payment of their outstanding fine. These calls are often done from spoofed numbers and appear to be coming from official agencies. TCSO does not call people demanding money to be put into any accounts or on gift cards to pay outstanding fines or avoid arrests.

If you believe you are being scammed by a caller contact your local police department. If you are in the unincorporated areas of Tarrant County you can contact us at 817-884-1213.

For more information and tips on recognizing fraud scams, please visit the Attorney Generals Official Website or the U.S. Department of Treasury.

https://www.texasattorneygeneral.gov/news/releases/beware-scams-tips-avoid-fraud-aftermath-disaster

https://search.treasury.gov/search?affiliate=treas&commit=Search&query=fraud

WANTED by TCSO and FWPDSee the attached poster from Crime Stoppers of Tarrant County below. If you have information abou...
08/20/2020

WANTED by TCSO and FWPD
See the attached poster from Crime Stoppers of Tarrant County below. If you have information about the whereabouts of any these fugitives, please contact Crime Stoppers at 817-469-8477 or www.469tips.com.

BURN BAN IN EFFECT AS OF TODAY, AUGUST 18TH, 2020.Due to the extended amount of time without significant rainfall, a ban...
08/18/2020

BURN BAN IN EFFECT AS OF TODAY, AUGUST 18TH, 2020.

Due to the extended amount of time without significant rainfall, a ban prohibiting outside burning in the unincorporated areas of Tarrant County has been put in place. See additional information below. Be safe out there~

Should you have additional questions contact the Tarrant County Fire Marshal's Office at 817-838-4660 or email [email protected]

https://twc.tamu.edu/kbdi

Way to go! Even in the midst of pandemic stress and social unrest our team members show up and continue to work hard. Th...
08/17/2020

Way to go! Even in the midst of pandemic stress and social unrest our team members show up and continue to work hard. The COVID numbers in Tarrant County Jail continue to drop.

Major County Sheriffs of America included our protocol information in their recent newsletter release. (See the link below) This article was written in July, so some of the numbers have changed. The COVID case numbers are lower now with only 9 active inmate cases and 9 team member cases.

https://mcsheriffs.com/tarrant-county-puts-new-protocols-in-place-to-mitigate-covid-19-spread/

POST UPDATED 8-17-20Prior to this afternoon, this post below about two separate successful narcotics operations had more...
08/14/2020

POST UPDATED 8-17-20

Prior to this afternoon, this post below about two separate successful narcotics operations had more than 800 positive reactions and comments of appreciation. Today a group of citizens from various states spent quite a bit of time expressing their discontent about the post, the arrests and insulted the department and deputies. They blamed everyone except the criminals for this situation. Their comments indicate some confusion about what law enforcement officers should do with a small child who was brought to an illegal drug purchase, why we arrest people for violating the laws of the State of Texas and why we would dare tell the story. Sooo….

What to do with the child? In this situation the child was brought to the scene. Yes, the suspect brought a child to a location they knew may involve danger. How do we know? Well, they’re buying/selling large amounts of illegal narcotics and that is known to be a dangerous situation. Otherwise, drug dealers wouldn’t need all the weapons. Narcotics aside, just keeping in mind the child was even brought to the scene, surely the disgruntled citizens wouldn’t want the deputies to hand the child back to the suspect. So, the options were for law enforcement to call CPS or find another, more responsible, family member. In this case a family member was located, but it took hours for them to arrive. Who watches the child? That would be us…law enforcement. Two servant-minded SWAT members jumped on board to share the responsibility. It had been a long day, they were hot and tired, but they didn’t hesitate. They watched videos, played with the phone camera and went for a walk. They were friends until family arrived.

Why the arrests? In the State of Texas marijuana and THC are still illegal. Our citizens have not voted to change those laws and legislation has not put new laws on the books yet. Buying and selling felony amounts of any illegal narcotic is an arrestable offense. Until those laws are changed, it is the responsibility of law enforcement in Texas to enforce them. That’s literally in their job description. These arrests were not just happened upon during a traffic stop. These were criminals planning on buying and selling narcotics. They brought narcotics, guns, body armor plates, more money than many people make in a year and, unfortunately, a child.

Why tell the story? Because the positive side of law enforcement needs to be talked about more now than ever before. If we don’t tell the story, who will? Many law enforcement officers cringe at the thought of having their photos taken or posted for the world to see. They like to just go about their business, work hard and go home to their families. Most, day after day, respond to the call of the helpless and hopeless or face the heartless without ever knowing if they made a positive difference. In this ugly situation, the subject of this post, these deputies made the best of the bad. They did it safely and with compassion and narcotics teams took criminals, narcotics and guns of the streets. That is a story worth telling. Thank you to so many of you who recognize that.

ORIGINAL POST

For places not to take children law enforcement would like to add ‘your illegal drug selling appointments’ to the list. Narcotic team deputies and SWAT team members were able to safely bring this situation under control and keep this small child out of harm’s way. Two TCSO SWAT team members quickly transformed from their role as deputy to friend for this little boy and took care of him for more than 3 hours, when he was released to family members.

In two separate operations, narcotic teams took guns, marijuana, THC, more than $260,000.00 in cash and 4 criminals off the streets. Way to go guys!

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National Thank a Police Officer Day 09/19/2020. Thank you all. You are the heartbeat of America. I pray for your safety every day. Don't listen to the few. The silent majority is behind you and silent no more.
Tomorrow is the Big day. Thank an Officer Day. I think that everyday that you see an Officer we should thank them for there service. I know that our Country has been through a terrible time for law enforcement. There are bad apples everywhere and you don't know the whole story unless you were there. So many things in the world can be quickly taken out of context. So Please keep your head up and know that we can grow as a community and country better each day that we are given the chance. I would like to see FortWorth as a National Training Ground for Law Enforcement training. We have the best of things here already for that. Officers thank you for your daily sacrifices cause every breath matters. You continue making each call that you get safe as possible for you and we as a community can give you better tools to raise the image of the Fortworth Police Department the best in the Nation. Texas has the Pride, Honor, Respect and Courage it takes to make each day better for us ALL. My last Military Post was Fort Meade Company Commanders Driver For the Hospital on Base. Texas kid standing strong with a red cross patch on one shoulder and my 49th Armored Div. out of Forworth Texas on my other shoulder in 1994. I want to say Thank you for everything and every Life here and passed. Love Me. Pv2 James Bryant
Could you comment on this? What's going on in the sheriff's department?
I just wanted to take a moment and thank the officers who showed up yesterday and made sure our 9-11 memorial ride was safe for all. The call was put out and you answered it. We all made it to the destination safe! Thank you again and God Bless you all and keep you safe.
Waybourn turned out worst than Anderson. He is too busy trying to be a politician rather than do his job & keep TCSO employees & inmates safe. QUIT ALREADY, GO TO WASHINGTON, it's obviously where you want to be!!!!
Journi Baucum needs Justice!!! She needs to leave the abuse of foster care?! Where do we need to go to get her help!? The storm is coming for her just like it did for Sophie Long!
SHAME ON YOU! LIES!
Sherriff, your officers at the Tarrant county courthouse acted DISGRACEFULLY Today. I think you need to issue a public apology. BLM looter? No problem. Gentle 5' 2" lady who simply is waiting at the Tarrant County Court for her friend? CUFF her, twist her arm and threaten her! "They released me with a warning not to return or they will charge me with trespassing. I had entered with my medical exemption and was given a ticket to enter. When I went to look for Janet, I was confronted by Officer Wilcox and asked if I had a medical exemption. I said, “yes” and showed my ticket to him. He told me I must go back to our segregated room. I told him, I would return to the room when I found Janet. He then said, “no you will go back to the room now.” I then relied, “sir, I will return after I find my friend.” He then tried to grab my arm and I said, “Do not touch me.” He then grabbed my arm, twisted it behind my back, and proceeded to cuff me. I said, “I am not leaving without my belongings.” He walked me back, cuffed, to the room where another officer gathered my belongings. They took me down stairs with officer Casey, where they handed me over to several other officers. They proceeded to take my information and told me they were issuing me a trespassing warning. I said, “I didn’t trespass.” I jumped through their hoops and provided my Doctors note even though it is a violation of my HIPPA rights. I simply said, I wouldn’t return to the room until I found my friend. In order to keep from practicing my 1st amendment rights they then handcuffed me and gave me a citation warning. How is it trespassing when I jumped through all their hoops and simply stated, 3 times calmly, that I would not be returning to the room until I found my friend?" Robert Montoya
Thank you to Officer Van Zandt for stopping to help my husband this past Thursday about 6:30am.
I love our Law Enforcement but this enforcing the mask wearing infringes on the rights of the people. Look away. It's like making someone wear a hat or eyeglasses or plugs in your nose. It is wrong, petty and wrong.