LCSO: Volunteer group provides additional resources for sheriff’s office

Deputy Josh Cummins speaks to the Sheriff's Citizen Auxiliary Network (S.C.A.N.) during a recent meeting.

Liberty County Sheriff’s Deputy Josh Cummins, coordinator for the agencies Special Response Team ( SRT/S.W.A.T.), was the guest speaker at a recent meeting of the Sheriff’s Citizen Auxiliary Network ( S.C.A.N.) organization.

The 14-member S.C.A.N. group was treated to a very informative presentation on SRT operations, tactics, training, resources, weaponry as well as a host of other real case deployments of this team in response to barricaded individuals, hostage situations, making felony warrant arrests and other activities that may exceed the resource capabilities of a street deputy.

The presentation by Cummins follows a monthly succession of guest speakers who present different aspects of law enforcement that help the S.C.A.N. members to not only better understand and relate to the sheriff’s office but to the other Liberty County law enforcement agencies they assist from time to time.

Over this past year and a half since its inception, S.C.A.N. members have put in many volunteer hours of working traffic at parades, search and recovery operations, office work for the LCSO, participating in the Citizen On Patrol program, working the Crime Stopper booth at the annual Liberty Jubilee as well as several other functions and assignments.

In addition, Cummins, who is now running the LCSO’s 10-month-long police academy, will be using S.C.A.N. members as “traffic violators” when the police cadets advance to that stage of their academy training.

“S.C.A.N. members are staying very busy on so many interesting assignments and are a strong and dependable asset to the sheriff’s office,” said Capt. Ken DeFoor, spokesperson for the sheriff’s office.

Any citizen wishing to be active and join the Sheriff’s Citizen Auxiliary Network ( S.C.A.N.) can pick up an application at the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office. Applicants must pass a criminal history background check. An application can be obtained by picking one up at the Sheriff’s Office or contacting Forensic Technician Vita O’Reilly, Cpl. Ted Smith or DeFoor at 936-336-4500 for further details and an application.

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Before creating Bluebonnet News in 2018, Vanesa Brashier was a community editor for the Houston Chronicle/Houston Community Newspapers. During part of her 12 years at the newspapers, she was assigned as the digital editor and managing editor for the Humble Observer, Kingwood Observer, East Montgomery County Observer and the Lake Houston Observer, and the editor of the Dayton News, Cleveland Advocate and Eastex Advocate. Over the years, she has earned more than two dozen writing awards, including Journalist of the Year.

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