HCSO Town Hall Shows Strong Link Between Local Law Enforcement Agencies

CFISD Chief of Police Alan Bragg was among a panel of guests who addressed community members at the Harris County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) Community Town Hall Meeting on Tuesday in the Main Stage Theatre of Lone Star College – Cy-Fair.

Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia, the event host, introduced Chief Bragg as “a longtime friend” and “someone who has been a bit of a mentor for me.”

Chief Bragg, who launched the CFISD Police Department in 2011, said the school district’s partnership with the HCSO has been invaluable.

“One of the first phone calls I made to let someone know I had been selected as the first police chief at Cy-Fair was to Sheriff Garcia,” Bragg said. “I knew there was going to be a transition period while we brought in our resources and hired officers, and that we were going to be very dependent on the Harris County Sheriff’s Office to help us out during that first startup year. I can tell you they had our back the whole way. We built relationships and friendships with their command staff and officers that are going to be assets for us for years to come.”

Other speakers at the event included Lone Star College System Police Chief Richard Gregory, 248th District Court Judge Katherine Cabaniss and Lone Star College – CyFair President Dr. Audre Levy, as well as members of the HCSO command staff.

HCSO community engagement and special projects manager Elvia Valdez said the Town Hall Meeting was another successful step in more closely linking the sheriff’s office with the public schools throughout Harris County and specifically in CFISD.

“I think the Town Hall Meeting was an amazing opportunity to share what we’re doing in the community, and the schools in Cy-Fair are a large part of that community,” Valdez said. “Any time we can combine our resources with the local school districts, the benefit goes to our children as we continue to make schools the safest place for them to be.”

Town Hall Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia, left, and CFISD director for campus safety Ralph Gonzales prepare for the HCSO community town all meeting.