County Commissioners approve helicopters for Sheriff’s Office
The Fort Bend County Commissioners unanimously voted to approve the donation of two helicopters, from a federal program administered through the Texas Department of Public Safety, on Tuesday afternoon in Richmond.
Sheriff Troy Nehls was joined by police chiefs Mike Berezin (Missouri City), Doug Brinkley (Sugar Land), and Dallis Warren (Rosenberg) showed up at the meeting in support of the program.
“I look at this as a regional approach – the other agencies will support us with personnel and fuel,” Nehls said. “We’ll start off with baby steps (with the program).”
Nehls said the police departments in the county will be able to use the helicopter services, if necessary.
One of the helicopters will have active law enforcement capacities, while the other will simply be used for observational purposes.
A Facebook post on the Sheriff’s page said. “this is a very large County and assets such as this help keep your law enforcement on the lead edge of crime fighting.”
Nehls and the chiefs emphasized the importance of the program, given the rapid growth of Fort Bend County.
Brinkley called the helicopters “a phenomenal tool” in law enforcement, and Berezin said, “it’s a pleasure to work with a Sheriff who wants to work with all of the cities.”
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