By Teresa Holloway

Messenger Special Reporter

HOUSTON COUNTY – The Houston County Sheriff’s Office responded to increased numbers of citizens interested in fighting the war on crime by issuing a public invitation to enroll as Associate Members of the Sheriff’s Association of Texas.

The Associate Membership Program was created to provide citizens with an opportunity to lend their support to more effective law enforcement and to better help local Sheriffs protect the lives and property of citizens.

Over the next several weeks, invitations will go out in the mail. The funding created by Associate Members’ dues helps provide critical training for deputies, technical resources and legislative support on key criminial justice issues.

Critical crime prevention and awareness programs, drug abuse prevention programs, additional training for ancillary law enforcement personnel and scholarships for children of law enforcement personnel also are supported through the tax-deductible Associate Member dues.

‘The Associate Membership Drive helps provide the funding which is vital to helping us carry out our mission of making our communities safer places to live, work and play,” said Sheriff Bobbitt.

“During these economic times, the need for building stronger public-private law enforcement partnerships continues to escalate, and programs such as this continue to grow in importance,” says Sheriff Bobbitt. “I encourage every citizen receiving a membership appeal to consider joining forces with us by becoming an Associate Member. It is a valuable investment in our future.”

Citizens not receiving a membership appeal or desiring more information can obtain it by contacting the Sheriff’s Association of Texas at: 1601 S. IH-35, Austin, Texas 78741 www.txsheriffs.org

The Sheriff’s Association of Texas is a non-profit professional and educational organization dedicated to the preservation of peace and protection of the lives and property of the citizens of Texas and according to the website, the Sheriff’s Association of Texas does not make solicitations by phone. If you receive a phone call from someone who uses our name, please report it to your local Sheriff or County/District Attorney.