The Premiere Website For Police News In Texas

          



 

Harris County Sheriff’s Deputy Receives Top Honors in DWI Program
Harris County Sheriff's Office
   
 
More Today's News:
ߦ   Federal Alien Smuggling Charge Filed Against Driver of Tractor-Trailer
ߦ   Law Enforcement and Community Teamwork Triumphs Again
ߦ   Online Solicitation of a Minor
ߦ   Paris Police Dept - Daily Activity/Arrests Summary
ߦ   Pearland Police Blotter
ߦ   San Antonio trailer deaths: Driver charged after 10 die in sweltering truck
ߦ   8 found dead in trailer at San Antonio Walmart - Homeland Security working with SAPD
ߦ   Coast Guard saves fishing vessel taking on water, crew in Gulf of Mexico
ߦ   Defendant Trayvon Carter - Aggravated Robbery
ߦ   Federal Jury Convicts Mission Man for Cocaine Possession
ߦ   Good Samaritan rescues 5 people in the water off the coast of Galveston
ߦ   Houston Physician Convicted of Conspiracy in $1.5 Million Medicare Fraud Scheme
ߦ   Member of International Child Exploitation Conspiracy Sentenced to 210 Months in Prison
ߦ   Mexican Nationals Sent to Prison for Firearms Charge
ߦ   Mid East Indian Man Convicted For Using Fake Identity To Obtain Citizenship
ߦ   Alpine Man Sentenced For Setting Post Office Afire
ߦ   Burnet County Sheriff's Office - Inmate/Arrests Summary
ߦ   Criminal Conspiracy to Commit Aggravated Robbery
ߦ   Daughter of fallen LEO named Dallas' 1st female chief
ߦ   Firearms Exporter and Straw Purchasers Head to Prison
ߦ   How (and why) to set up a bike patrol unit
ߦ   KPRC 2 staff in 1953 and 2017 photo
ߦ   Longview Man Indicted for Student Financial Aid Fraud Scheme; Sister Pleads Guilty
ߦ   MS-13 Gang Members Indicted in New York for Murder of Four Young Men in Park and Killing of Rival at Deli
ߦ   O.J. Simpson robbery victim to testify in favor of Simpson's parole
ߦ   Paris Police Dept - Daily Arrests Summary
ߦ   Six Defendants Charged in Expanded Securities Fraud Conspiracy
ߦ   The Real Jihadist Threat No One Is Watching
ߦ   Two More Defendants Plead Guilty in Multimillion Dollar India-Based Call Center Scam Targeting U.S. Victims
ߦ   Young Meth Smuggler Ordered to Federal Prison
ߦ   Fired cop who killed 15-year-old Jordan Edwards indicted on murder charge
ߦ   Former Teacher Sentenced to 27 Years in Prison for Child Sex Tourism and Child Pornography Offenses
ߦ   Jeff Sessions wants police to take more cash from American citizens
ߦ   Justine Damond died from gunshot wound to abdomen, medical examiner says
ߦ   Methamphetamine Trafficker Sentenced to 15 Years in Federal Prison

 
Search Archives:

  Harris County Sheriff’s Deputy Receives Top Honors in DWI Program

 

HARRIS COUNTY, TX - Harris County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Rhonda Lawson has received the ‘Spotlight on Success’ Award from the SOBER (Saving Ourselves by Education and Recover) Court Unit.

The Harris County SOBER DWI Program was created by State mandate in 2008. It consists of judges, defense attorneys, prosecutors, probation officers, treatment professionals, and law enforcement – the ‘Spotlight on Success’ award has never been awarded to a deputy in its history. The program targets high-risk DWI offenders with an intensive supervision program featuring treatment and accountability.

The law enforcement component of the program, provided by Sheriff Ed Gonzalez, is essential to the success of the program. Sheriff’s Office Deputies provide invaluable services, such as visiting offenders’ homes to ensure they are living in a sober environment, as well as providing encouragement and moral support that is often missing in the probationers’ lives. Studies reveal that participants in DWI Court programs are up to 65% less likely to re-offend than offenders who are sentenced to jail or standard probation.

Under the direction of Harris County CSCD Director, Dr. Teresa May, the Harris County SOBER DWI Court program was expanded to include five SOBER DWI Court dockets, led by Harris County Criminal Court at Law judges, Robin Brown, Diane Bull, Natalie Fleming, Paula Goodhart, Jay Karahan and Don Smyth.

Improvements in the program and risk assessment have allowed the courts to significantly increase the number of high-risk DWI clients than can be admitted into the program.

Judge Robin Brown, SOBER Court judge and Co-Chair of the Harris County Standing Committee that oversees the probation and pretrial services departments, remarked, “Deputy Rhonda has set the standard for excellence in our program. She is an ambassador of goodwill to the community and a model of what a dedicated peace officer should be. Deputy Rhonda is unwavering in her support for this program and the clients. She holds each client accountable and gives them the support they need to achieve sobriety. Often when clients graduate it is Deputy Rhonda that the clients are first to thank.”

Dep. Lawson stated, “This is the most rewarding work I’ve ever done. This is why we became peace officers: to help people, and make our community safer. I feel truly humbled and grateful to receive this reward. And, being a part of our clients’ recovery has been the best reward of all.”

The Harris County Sheriff’s Office is profoundly appreciative and proud of Deputy Lawson and the accomplishments of the SOBER Court team.


 

Post a comment
Name/Nickname:
(required)
Email Address: (must be a valid address)
(will not be published or shared)
Comments: (plain text only)
Printer Friendly Format  Printer Friendly Format    Send to a Friend  Send to a Friend    RSS Feed  RSS Feed
  Facebook   Share link on Twitter Tweet  


© 1999-2017 The Police News. All rights reserved.