Johnson prepares to begin duties as sheriff

New Hutchinson County Sheriff Don Johnson recently attended the Sheriff's Association of Texas 2012 Newly Elected Sheriffs'School Training held in Austin, Texas, Dec. 10-14, 2012.The Newly Elected Sheriffs' School is held every four years after election time for new sheriffs and chief deputies, educating,training, and preparing them for office. This year, participants received training on a variety of topics, includingDuties and Responsibilities of the Sheriff, Critical Policy Liabilities for Sheriffs, Inmate Transportation, Open Records,Media Relations, Texas Department of Public Safety Resources, TDJC Intake and Classification, Estray Law, Parole Warrants,Civil Process, Texas Commission on Jail Standard Regulations, Cold Case Review Team, Criminal Profiling, Evidence and Property Room Liabilities, New Technology, Labor Laws and Ethics, and many more.This seminar also allows them a comprehensive review of the responsibilities of their new office and and a chance to meettheir peers to whom they can look for support during the coming year.The Sheriffs' Association of Texas (SAT) is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to increasing the effectivenessof local law enforcement in Texas. Through the support of their members, SAT provides training, legal/technical information,and other critical resources to peace officers in Texas. SAT also offers scholarships to peace officers and their childrenwho wish to continue their education. In addition, they honor fallen officers with their Lost Lawman Memorial. For furtherinformation on the Sheriffs' Association of Texas and how to join as a member, visit or call (512)445-5888.