2021 was busy year for Liberty County Sheriff’s Office

Liberty County Sheriff Bobby Rader provides an end-of-the-year report at the Lunch & Learn event on Thursday at New Work Family Worship Center in Liberty.

Last year, the Liberty County sheriff’s dispatchers answered 54,219 calls for assistance from citizens, up from the 46,432 calls in 2020. In 2021, Liberty County sheriff’s deputies responded to 39,455 calls, a significant number for a department made up of 79 law enforcement officers.

The high number of calls creates a reactive, not proactive, response from sheriff’s deputies.

“It leaves us no time to stop and talk, communicate and develop relationships,” Sheriff Bobby Rader said.

LCSO dispatchers field calls for the sheriff’s office, Texas Department of Public Safety, Texas Parks and Wildlife, six constable’s offices, Daisetta Police Department, Plum Grove Police Department, 14 volunteer fire departments, EMS service and Hazmat.

Rader shared the statistics during a Lunch & Learn event hosted by the Liberty County Chamber of Commerce on Thursday, Jan. 13, at New Work Family Worship Center in Liberty.

“Every law enforcement officer at the Sheriff’s Office takes an oath to protect and serve the citizens of this county, and we do that,” said Rader, adding that the responsibility for the sheriff’s office is seven days a week, 24 hours per day, 365 days per year without a holiday.

Rapid growth of the county is putting a strain on all County resources, including the sheriff’s office.

“Using an estimate of 100,000 as the population of the county and subtracting 28,000 for the cities of Cleveland, Daisetta, Dayton and Liberty, that leaves 72,000 residents outside of the city limits and 10 deputies for every 10,000 citizens outside the city limits. Per shift that is one deputy for every 7,200 residents,” Rader said.

Counties of comparable size have an average of 16 deputies per 10,000 residents, said Rader, adding that in the cities of Liberty, Dayton and Cleveland, there are 15-16 officers per 10,000 residents.

“Maybe when I-99 is finished and more businesses come to Liberty County, we will get more tax money and be able to hire more deputies, and give them better pay,” Rader said.

On Oct. 1, 2020, the sheriff’s office took over operations of the county jail, which previously was managed by private jail contractors. At that time, the jail had failed inspections from the Jail Commission for the five previous years.

“We worked and got it passed,” Rader said.

The 281-inmate jail has 72 full-time and three part-time employees. The jail is frequently over capacity, which requires the County to contract for jail beds with other facilities in Fort Bend, Jefferson, Polk, Hardin and Montgomery counties.

A new jail will eventually be located on the grounds of the law enforcement center that is under construction on SH 146 north of Liberty, but for now the old jail will have to fulfill the needs of the county, Rader said.

“We hope to be in the new 41,932 square-foot law enforcement center by August of this year. There are also plans to build a substation in the subdivisions in the Plum Grove area that will house the interdiction team, Pct. 6 Constable’s Office and the Permit Department,” Rader said.

The County is also looking toward building another substation in the River Ranch subdivision south of Dayton.

“Tentative plans are to share that facility with Dayton Police Department,” Rader said.

5 COMMENTS

  1. Liberty county sheriffs office is a joke. I had a homeowners insurance check stolen out of my mailbox, and the person who stole it literally deposited my check directly into their account. “Detective” Rasberry insisted there was no way this could be an open and shut case, instead he had to
    inform me of all the reasons he could not even begin an investigation. Seriously? Come on bro, I’m a civilian and found out the individuals address, phone number, and banking information. Do your job!!!

    I even happened to speak to sheriff Bobby Rader, as well as captain Knox directly, and they both insured me they would definitely make bring this individual to justice. Heh, joke, all the way from the top.

  2. What to do if your mail is stolen?
    The United States Postal Inspection Service is responsible for investigating all mail theft. Notify them immediately if you know your mail is stolen. To report your mail theft online, use this USPIS Contact Form. (3) File a Complaint with the FTC. The Federal Trade Commission is responsible for compiling national data on mail and identity theft….. Notice that word all? Apology accepted.

    • You’re wrong, I don’t know any other way to say it. A simple google search would show you web page after web page that proves you are. That being said, I doubt you would do a google search now seeing as how that would destroy your own agenda.

      Texas passed a law in 2019 making mail theft a felony at the state level, up from a misdemeanor.

      Even if you were correct, you’re not, but even if you were, the fact I had a check stolen and cashed would also be a state level offense under Texas penal code 32.24. Stealing or receiving stolen check or similar sight order.

      Now that that is out of the way, I did contact the United States Postal Inspection Service. They made a report and I have not heard back from them either. However, a federal entity accomplishing anything was well beyond my expectations. Also, the homeowners insurance company requested a police report be filled out for them to be able to issue another check. That’s the reason I initially contacted Liberty County sheriff’s department.

      On a side note, if you were correct, and the sheriff’s office did not deal with mail theft, why would they not have directed me to the proper agency instead of just blowing my case off?

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