Sheriff's Office Is Under Investigation
ERICA WALKER, member of Freestone Community 4-H Club, is shown sitting in State Representative Byron Cook’s chair during “4-H Day at the Capitol.” Erica had the opportunity to share her 4-H career with Byron and how much she likes 4-H. She was among 500 4-H youth and adults promoting 4-H on Wednesday, February 6, 2013 at the Capitol in Austin, TX.
The Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education (TCLEOSE) is remaining tight-lipped concerning a criminal investigation they are conducting of the Freestone County Sheriff?s Office.
The investigation is believed to concern a training class the Sheriff?s Department conducted late last year at the Sheriff?s Training Center on Hwy. 84 East, but was not confirmed by TCLEOSE Executive Director Kim Vickers. ?We are in the process of an active and ongoing criminal investigation in Freestone County,? said Vickers. ?In order not to compromise the investigation, further information will not be released until the investigation is complete and we?re not far from reaching that point.? Vickers added that their findings would be released as soon as the investigation concludes.
According to newly elected Freestone County Sheriff Don Anderson, who served as Chief Deputy and Training Officer for the Sheriff?s Department since 2003, the department?s training has been suspended by TCLEOSE until their investigation is completed. Sheriff Anderson reported that the FCSO has fully cooperated with the investigation and that he takes full responsibility for any problem they may find since he is the training officer for the department.
Known as ?The Black Hats? in law enforcement circles, TCLEOSE is the state administrative agency for training and local TCLEOSE agents perform regular training record checks each year at the department to make sure that it?s being done correctly. Anderson said the training record checks are ?like an audit or inspection? that a business might encounter. Law enforcement officers are required to qualify in various areas at least once a year.
According to TCLEOSE Executive Director Vickers, his agency administers and enforces the Texas Administration Code and is the regulatory agency for law enforcement having to do with licensing, credentialing and investigations that in a broad sense polices the police.