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Episode 113: Harris County (Texas) Sheriff Ed Gonzalez

July 02, 2024

In this episode, FSA speaks with Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez from the Police Executive Research Forum’s (PERF) Annual Meeting in Orlando. During the meeting, Sheriff Gonzalez was awarded the PERF Leadership Award for his outstanding public safety work in the Houston area. First elected sheriff in 2016, Sheriff Gonzalez runs the largest sheriff’s office in Texas. He directs more than 5,000 employees to protect the 4.5 million residents living within the 1,700 square miles of Harris County. Early in his first term, Sheriff Gonzalez had to lead the citizens of his community after Hurricane Harvey, one of the worst natural disasters in U.S. history. He discusses how those difficult times helped him and his team build a foundation of trust with those they serve. We also learn about the innovative programs the Harris County Sheriff’s Office operates from diversion programs and establishing a sobering center to addressing the complex issue of homelessness.