The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, District 6, serves The Woodlands Township. Within the District there are 102.5 assigned positions, which include a division administrator holding the rank of captain, one district commander holding the rank of lieutenant, twelve senior sergeants, one traffic division senior sergeant, three detectives, 75 patrol deputies, four traffic division deputies, two K9 deputies, two civilian jailers, one administrative assistant and one warrant clerk (part-time). Within the patrol division specialized units include a traffic division, crime reduction unit, crime prevention unit, as well as foot and bike patrol.
Funding for 93.5 personnel and equipment is provided through a contract for law enforcement services between Montgomery County and The Woodlands Township. Additional funding resources are provided through Montgomery County, providing for eight patrol units and one detective. The Woodlands is a local governmental agency whose mission includes protecting the well-being and safety of residents, visitors and businesses. The Woodlands Township encompasses approximately 28,000 acres with a population of more than 108,000 and 2,000 businesses.
A focal point of District 6 is the commitment to Community and Tourism Oriented Policing which emphasizes a philosophy of full-service, personalized policing in which the same deputies are assigned to a specific geographic area or “zone.” Within the boundaries of the Montgomery County portion of the Township, there are eight patrol zones that mirror the established villages within The Woodlands.
In 2010, the commitment to Community and Tourism Oriented Policing lead to the creation of the District 6 Crime Reduction Unit (CRU), with the objective of removing the criminal element from the community by working together with all law enforcement. CRU is comprised of investigators, crime prevention specialists, K9 and explosive odor detecting K9 and they actively respond to criminal activity within The Woodlands. The crime prevention specialist, through collaboration with The Woodlands Township Neighborhood Watch, provides proactive crime prevention initiatives and education to residents, businesses, apartments and senior complexes. This collaboration also provides training specifically for patrol deputies assigned in The Woodlands, in crime prevention and community and tourism oriented policing.
Of the eight patrol zones, seven are residential (Villages) and one (Town Center) which includes over 21.8 million square feet of office, retail, industrial and technical space, 9.4 million square feet that includes retail space, including The Woodlands Mall and Market Street, as well as dining, hospitality and entertainment space. Town Center also has world class office space, parks, and is home to several large corporate world headquarters. The newest development within the Town Center is the 66 –acre mixed use Hughes Landing which incorporates; retail, office space, residential and park areas.
Throughout the Town Center patrol zone, District 6 personnel emphasis a Tourism Oriented Policing philosophy. Providing law enforcement services as well as greeting thousands of visitors and tourists yearly along The Woodlands Waterway, a 1.25 mile-long water feature lined with parks, businesses and private residences, to world-class events or to the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion accommodates nearly 17,000 people and hosts major concert events throughout the year.