Police plan clampdown on drunk drivers

March 9th, 2019

Harris County Constable Phil Sandlin has put together plans for a “Spring Break DWI Initiative” — a collaborative effort by Precinct 8 and 18 other area law enforcement agency partners aimed to seek out and arrest intoxicated drivers across eastern and southern Harris County.

This will be a consolidated effort by 18 law enforcement agencies in eastern and southern Harris County to seek out and arrest intoxicated drivers during the upcoming Spring Break holiday which begins March 9.

Precinct 8, along with each agency taking part, is committed to decreasing the number of drunk driving fatalities in Harris County, Sandlin explained.

“For way too long, we have continued to see drunk drivers injuring and killing citizens on area roadways throughout the county. The purpose of this initiative is to not only seek out and arrest those people who choose to drink and drive, but to raise community awareness about this serious issue. We want people to know that there are severe consequences for choosing to drink and drive and to know that if they do, officers and deputies will be there to arrest them.”

Sandlin is asking that citizens who choose to drink, do so responsibly. “Don’t get behind the wheel if you have had too much to drink. There are so many other options available to make sure you get home safe. Choose a designated driver before you go out or plan to call a taxi or rideshare. It could very well save your life or the life of others on the road.

“With Harris County leading the nation in the number of DWI related fatalities, we must do everything in our power to keep this problem from continuing.

That is why we are doing this initiative and that is why you will continue to see more of these types of initiatives going forward. Every law enforcement agency taking part in this Spring Break initiative has made a commitment to aggressively enforce DWI laws and aim make it clear to the public that we are taking a stand.”

Participating agencies are: the Harris County Constable’s Office Pct. 8, the Harris County Constable’s Office Pct. 2, the Harris County Constable’s Office Pct. 3, the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, the Houston Police Department, the Texas Department of Public Safety, the Deer Park Police Department, the La Porte Police Department, the Pasadena Police Department, the South Houston Police Department, the Seabrook Police Department, the Nassau Bay Police Department, the Lakeview Police Department, the Morgans Point Police Department, the Shoreacres Police Department, the Friendswood Police Department, the Webster Police Department and the Baytown Police Department

Pct. 8 Constable’s Office K9 Evo to get donation of body armor

September 17th, 2018

Precinct 8 Harris County Constables Office K9 Evo will receive a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from the non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc.

K9 Evo’s vest is sponsored by Linda Laster of Skyesville, Md., and will be embroidered with the sentiment “In memory of Mildred C. Glass.” Delivery is expected within eight to ten weeks.

Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a 501c (3) charity located in East Taunton, Mass., whose mission is to provide bullet and stab protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies throughout the United States.

The non-profit was established in 2009 to assist law enforcement agencies with this potentially lifesaving body armor for their four-legged K9 officers. Since its inception, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provided over 3,100 protective vests, in 50 states, through private and corporate donations, at a value of $5.7 million dollars.  The program is open to dogs actively employed in the U.S. with law enforcement or related agencies who are certified and at least 20 months of age. New K9 graduates, as well as K9s with expired vests, are eligible to participate.

The donation to provide one protective vest for a law enforcement K9 is $950. Each vest has a value between $1,744 – $2,283 and a five-year warranty, and an average weight of 4-5 lbs. There are an estimated 30,000 law enforcement K9s throughout the United States. For more information or to learn about volunteer opportunities, call 508-824-6978. Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provides information, lists events, and accepts tax-deductible donations of any denomination at www.vik9s.org or mailed to P.O. Box 9 East Taunton, Mass. 02718.

In making the announcement, Constable Phil Sandlin said he would like to thank Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. for their generous donation and for their support of law enforcement nationwide.