Sheriff Matt Atkinson is proud to announce a new Crime Prevention Outreach Program. The GCSO supports our county Neighborhood Watch groups and encourages all our residents to participate in locally established programs if possible. The Sheriff is dedicated to assisting any local Neighborhood Watch group with the resources and guidance in the creation and implementation of a new or current program, and has purchased several signs and stickers that can be picked up the Sheriff’s Office free of charge.
The National Neighborhood Watch program is a division of the National Sheriffs’ Association focusing on “Crime prevention through neighborhood cohesiveness and collaboration.” For those interested in more information on the National Neighborhood Watch or other crime prevention resources, Sheriff Atkinson encourages you to visit their website at nnw.org or gonzalescountysheriff.org. Anyone interested in picking up a Neighborhood Watch or Business Watch sticker for their home or business, or a placard for their fence or gate, can contact the Sheriff’s Office at 830.672.6524 and ask for Captain Dennis Jahns.
The Gonzales County Sheriff’s Office recently hosted a two day training course presented by Texas Operation Lifesaver focusing on Rail Safety Education. This particular session was Law Enforcement specific and provided training on Grade Crossing Collision Investigations, as well as, safe and effective Railroad Incident Management for Law Enforcement. Attending the training along with Sheriff Atkinson, were officers with the Gonzales County Sheriff’s Office, Gonzales Police Department, Dewitt County Sheriff’s Office and Lavaca County Sheriff’s Office. Operation Lifesaver is nonprofit public safety education and awareness organization dedicated to reducing collisions, fatalities and injuries at public and private rail crossings and trespassing on or near railroad tracks. Anyone interested in learning more about Operation Lifesaver can go to their website at oli.org.
Recently, the entire staff of the Gonzales County Sheriff's Office received training from Gonzales EMS on "Stop the Bleed;" which is a national awareness campaign to encourage people to become trained, equipped, and empowered to help in a bleeding emergency before professional help arrives. As a part of the training, individual kits were provided to the Sheriff's Office for use by the Patrol Division. Pictured is Gonzales EMS Director Allen Linebrink, along with EMS personnel, presenting Stop the Bleed kits to Sheriff Matthew Atkinson and members of his staff.
Reward Increased for a Man Wanted in a
Murder Cold Case
by Gerald TracyThursday, February 14th 2019
The Texas Department of Public Safety is asking for your help to solve a crime from nearly 20 years ago.
They say it's about the murder of John Holt, who was murdered June 25, 2000 in Gonzales County.
The husband and father was last seen arguing with his hired ranch hand, Miguel Angel Osorio-Munoz, who went by the name Cesar Alonso Osorio.
Witnesses said after the argument, Osorio-Munoz was seen fleeing the area.
Moments later, Holt was found dead from a gunshot wound.
Officials filed arrest warrant for the murder and unlawful flight to avoid prosecution but they have yet to find him.
Osorio-Munoz has not been seen since, but he's described as 5'5'' heavyset with brown hair and eyes, he would be 45 now.
If you have any information that could lead to his arrest, you can call the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-252-TIPS (8477). All tips are anonymous and could lead you to a $6,000 reward.
You can also submit information through the Texas Ranger cold case website or by contacting us at 1-800-346-3243 (DPS Missing Persons Hotline).
Notice of Safety/Security GISD/Area Responder Cooperative Drill
Gonzales Independent School District has posted written notice to inform the community that on Tuesday, February 19th, 2019, during the regularly scheduled Student Holiday/Staff Development day Gonzales ISD will hold a LOCKDOWN DRILL at East Avenue Primary. This drill is coordinated with area first responders who will be on scene for the duration of the drill.
Wednesday, January 30th the Nixon-Smiley High School National Honor Society hosted a career day at the school auditorium and the Gonzales County Sheriff’s Office was invited to attend! GCSO displayed exhibits featuring the Jail, Dispatch and Patrol Divisions. Several GCSO employees helped with the event and had a great time.
NEWS FROM THE NATIONAL SHERIFFS' INSTITUTE
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SHERIFF MATTHEW J. ATKINSON
Completes 115th Session of National Sheriffs’ Institute
NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF CORRECTIONS (NIC)
NATIONAL SHERIFFS’ ASSOCIATION (NSA)
Aurora, Colorado—Sheriff Matthew J. Atkinson of the Gonzales County Sheriff’s Office completed participation in the 115th session of the National Sheriffs’ Institute (NSI) held in Aurora, Colorado, April 9-13, 2018. The NSI is the only national executive development program designed for sheriffs. This no-cost program is co-sponsored by the National Institute of Corrections (NIC) and the National Sheriffs’ Association (NSA).
Sheriff Atkinson joined 27 other sheriffs from across the country for training on contemporary challenges facing America’s sheriffs today. In light of those challenges, the sheriffs explored the role of the local sheriff in providing effective leadership for the public good in such areas as public safety, criminal justice system policy, community relations, and organization effectiveness and efficiency.
Hilary Burgess, NSA Director of Professional Development, said, “Sheriff Atkinson is a leader with vision for the Gonzales County Sheriff’s Office. It is an honor to have Sheriff Atkinson join the more than 2,900 graduates of the NSI since 1973.”
The NIC is a division of the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Prisons. It is the primary federal source of technical assistance, training, and information services for state and local corrections. NIC provides a wide variety of services to the nation’s jails, most of which are the responsibility of sheriffs.
The NSA is a non-profit professional association located in Alexandria, Virginia. NSA represents the nearly 3,100 elected sheriffs across the nation and has more than 20,000 members, including law enforcement professionals, state and federal government employees, concerned citizens, students, and others. Since 1940, NSA has served as an information clearinghouse for law enforcement professionals. NSA also provides management training for sheriffs and their personnel in court security, crime victim services, domestic violence, homeland security initiatives, jail operations, and traffic safety. Additionally, NSA administers the highly successful National Neighborhood Watch and Triad programs.
The Gonzales County Sheriff’s Office was recently awarded a merchandise grant valued at $6173.20 from the local Friends of the National Rifle Association Foundation. Pictured is member George Reese presenting Sheriff Matt Atkinson a check representing the award. The merchandise grant was used to purchase twelve Glock 17, 9mm handguns which will used by Sheriff’s Office patrol deputies. Thank you Lexington of Texas Friends of the NRA for supporting local law enforcement.
Recently, Sheriff Matthew Atkinson was privileged to present Texas Lutheran University student Ashleigh Bullard with the Sheriff Allen Bridges Memorial Scholarship. Sheriff Atkinson presented on behalf of the Sheriff’s Association of Texas who administers the award.
The scholarship was established by Kathy Bridges in memory of her late husband and former Sheriff of Hays County. Sheriff Bridges was a longtime law enforcement veteran.
The Gonzales County Sheriff’s Office would like to congratulate Ms. Bullard on this award and continued success in her studies.
On January 5, 2018 the Sheriff Matthew Atkinson and the Gonzales County Sheriff’s Office sponsored the Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events (CRASE) training for all staff of the Gonzales Independent School District. The course was again presented by Texas Ranger Conde Benoist at the JB Wells Park Event Center. Sheriff Matthew Atkinson would like to express his thanks to Ranger Benoist, GISD Superintendent Dr. Kim Strozier, and Gonzales Police Department Chief Tim Crow for helping to coordinate this training seminar.