The Sugar Land Police Department places an emphasis on quality law enforcement, crime prevention, and community policing. The overall goal of the organization is to develop partnerships and joint problem-solving techniques with the community that will increase the safety and quality of life for residents and visitors of the City of Sugar Land.
The Sugar Land Police Department oversees all law enforcement and five divisions including Administration, Patrol, Criminal Investigations, Support Services, and Professional Services. The department has a total of 198.50 full time employees with a fiscal year 2020 budget of $22,788,515. Operational hours are 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Administrative hours are from 8 A.M. to 5 P.M., Monday through Friday.
The Police Department’s main responsibilities include:
- law enforcement;
- crime prevention; and
- community policing.
Some current projects include but are not limited to the following:
- National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS) training in advance of the switch on October 1, 2019; this training will fulfill the national requirements set by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Justice Statistics to be on the system prior to the 2021 deadline;
- Fleet safety training.
The Police Department primarily operate under authority from two major mandates; the Sandra Bland Act and the Criminal Justice Information System (CJIS) for terminal security.
The Police Department works to keep its residents safe, informed, and involved with a focus on community-policing.
Administration: Focuses on community relations, beat accountability, financial management, accreditation, policy establishment and compliance, internal affairs, and overall administration of the department.
Patrol: Handles calls for service, preventative patrol, traffic enforcement, traffic and DWI investigations, new personnel training, court testimony, bicycle patrol, lobby officer, honor guard, and security at public meetings.
Criminal Investigations: Provides follow-up investigation including interviews, video analysis, digital forensics and corroborating evidence to solve cases. The Division also includes specialized units: Crime Scene Unit, Special Crimes Unit, and Crime Victim’s Unit.
Support Services: is composed of the Training Unit, Crime Prevention Unit, and Detention and Warrants Unit.
Professional Services: includes Records, Fleet & Equipment Services, Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) accreditation management, Social Media, Sugar Land Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association, and Crime Analysis.
Awards and Accolades
The Police Department has many awards and accolades associated with their department from the past two years. These include:
- Lowest crime rate on record for 2018 for the City of Sugar Land, which aided in the #7 Safest City in America SafeHome.org study;
- Three Sugar Land officers were honored with the Life Saving Awards in 2018; and
- In August 2019, the department’s Crime Scene Unit (CSU) became the only law enforcement entity in Fort Bend County to earn ISO 17020 Forensic Laboratory Accreditation through the ANSI National Accreditation Board (ANAB).
- The CSU is accredited in the disciplines of Crime Scene Investigation and Friction Ridge (fingerprint analysis).