ODESSA, TX (Big 2/ Fox 24) – The Ector County Sheriff’s Office is warning residents to not fall for a suspicious phone call regarding the Sheriff’s Association of Texas.
The Sheriffs’ Association of Texas is a statewide program that has been around for almost 150 years, and the program helps provide the necessary training for officers. However, the Sheriff’s Office wants to warn residents to not give information to anyone posing as an officer over the phone.
“I just really want to emphasize this is not a scam,” Sgt. Gary Duesler says. “We will not be calling you; it’ll be by mail only.”
The Ector County Sheriff’s Office has participated in the program for more than 30 years, and many should expect to receive a mailing about the program soon.
“People are leery right now they get phone calls,” Sgt. Duesler says. “Again, let me emphasize they will not be calling you, but any solicitations want to assure you that the Sheriffs Association of Texas Ector County sheriff office are cohesive in this and they’re running together it is a legitimate thing.”
The money raised from the memberships will go to the funding of scholarships that will allow officers to attend schools and keep up to date with any law changes.
“Anytime an officer can go to school and learn more, the more we can help you, too,” he says. “It’s going to help us learn new ideas from going to these schools.”