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San Jacinto County Sheriff Greg Capers gathers area law enforcement officials to discuss common issues and goals. Courtesy photoSan Jacinto County Sheriff Greg Capers gathers area law enforcement officials to discuss common issues and goals. Courtesy photo

Sheriff, leaders discuss state of county jails

Special to the News-Times

LIVINGSTON — East Texas law enforcement leaders got together recently to discuss common issue, particularly the state of county jails, in hopes to find solutions.

Sheriff Greg Capers of San Jacinto County hosted the first of many East Texas-and-beyond sessions with sheriffs from across Texas. 

While no specifics were discussed, Capers said the exchange of ideas was a crucial to the search for remedies.

“We as chief law enforcement officers within our respective counties are experiencing many of the same issues,” Capers said. “If I can share my experiences, problems and remedies with my counterparts, and conversely, become able to understand some of their issues and concerns, it’s a win-win.”

Law enforcement in today’s environment has become increasingly more visible to the general public and therefore more political, Capers said. 

“I don’t mean to suggest that’s a negative; in fact, on the contrary, I find it helpful when I am able to gain the attention of our political leaders in Austin or in Washington as I have done only recently here in San Jacinto County with our Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, who was quite eager to gain a better understanding of jail issues here in Texas,” he said.

Capers said that if law enforcement agencies can stay ahead of the many issues they face providing for the safety and security of those we were elected to serve, as well as provide a united front, then it is essential to receive input from everywhere.

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