By Michael Sudhalter
Fort Bend Sheriff’s Office Deputy Raymond Russell has noticed a lot of changes in patrol work over the past three decades.
“I like everything about working patrol,” Russell said. “It’s come a long way. When I started in 1986, there were no computers in the patrol car, no plexiglass cages. There were just steel cages back then.”
Russell, 53, has worked under five different Sheriff’s and has enjoyed his 30-year career with the Fort Bend Sheriff’s Office. He plans to retire and spend time with his family.
“I’ll sit back and enjoy not working,” Russell said. “You can’t retire too young, but I worked hard, so I’m going to enjoy it. if I get bored, I’ll go back to work.”
Russell grew up in Crabb, near what is now Greatwood. He graduated from Lamar Consolidated High and decided to join the U.S. Marine Corps. where he proudly served for three years.
He saw the world, with assignments in California, Alaska, Japan and the Philippines.
“I was assigned to a Navy Ship, the USS America, and stayed there for two years, while it was stationed in Norfolk, Va.,” Russell said.
The Mission Bend resident said joining the Marine Corps was a great decision.
“You serve your country, get out, find a job and stay with it until you retire,” Russell said. “The Marine Corps straightens you out (although) I wasn’t a bad dude growing up.”
After the Marines, Russell returned home and unsuccessfully applied with several law enforcement agencies.
“But nobody was hiring,” Russell said. “I had an interview with the Fort Bend Sheriff’s Office on the same day that I was going to re-enlist in the Marine Corps.”
Russell was hired, and his first assignment was in the jail as a civilian jailer.
He received his full law enforcement certification and worked patrol. Eventually, he worked in several other units such as Fugitive Warrants and Narcotics.
He returned to patrol about 20 years ago and plans on being there until he retires.