New substation seeks improved patrol of northern Fort Bend County

Posted: 10/07/2015
Author: Landan Kuhlmann - The Katy Rancher

 New substation seeks improved patrol of northern Fort Bend County

As part of a $98.6 million bond referendum that will be up for election in November, the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office is looking to build an 18,000-square-foot sheriff’s substation near the Westpark Tollway and FM 1463 to better patrol the northern Fort Bend County area.

“What we were tasked to do was look at the needs of the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office, looking out for approximately 20 years,” said Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy Nehls. “Along with some of my administrators, I sat down with the Katy Economic Development Council (EDC) and inquired about what the county’s population will be in the next 20 years and where the EDC expects the growth to take place.”

What the group found is that the majority of growth which has already occurred or is projected to occur in the county is in the Cinco Ranch area north of FM 1093.

In light of their findings, the FBCSO then reached out to the Fort Bend County judge and Commissioner’s Court with the request to build the proposed free standing sheriff’s office in Katy.

According to Nehls, already approximately 25 percent of the incoming calls that the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office receives are from the Katy area. If the referendum passes, he will permanently assign patrol deputies as well as criminal investigations detectives to the Katy building to assist in providing law enforcement services to them as well the Fulshear and Simonton area.

“I’m not saying I’m worried about our response times right now, but by having deputies permanently assigned up there, we should be able to improve the response times that we have in that Cinco Ranch area,” he said.

A majority of the county’s growth is taking place in Precinct 3 and areas in the northern part of the county, which is the Cinco Ranch area going down into Firethorne. In light of that, Nehls implored the residents of Fort Bend County and those that live in and around that Cinco Ranch area for their support of Prop 4, which would result in the building of the new free standing sheriff’s office.

“We truly believe that by having this free standing sheriff’s office up there, we will be even better at providing law enforcement services to those areas by having personnel permanently assigned to that sheriff’s office,” he stated.

Nehls says the FBCSO’s response time to the Cinco Ranch area is a solid 14 minutes, but added that the free standing office would assist in addressing the few contingencies (such as response times in rush hour traffic) which could arise.

“I’m not saying we’re doing a bad job, I’m saying that this building will help improve some of those response times and the residents will feel closer to the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office there,” he said.

Nehls added that the relationship fostered between the FBCSO and the Fort Bend County Commissioner’s Court has allowed them to manage the booming growth that the area has experienced with little to no effect on their service when situations such as this arise.

“If we need to request an increase in personnel or there is an area of concern, we have reached out to the Commissioner’s Court and they have been very receptive to our concerns,” he said. “With that relationship, we’ve been able to manage and deal with the growth that’s been experienced in Fort Bend County.”

The proposed substation will take care of patrol areas 2, 5 and 7 of Fort Bend County.

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