Good Afternoon Brownsboro,
First of all, let me say thank you to all the people who have called and emailed, and flagged one of us down to show and give our Brownsboro Police your support. Your encouragement to us because of this ludicrous social media post and subsequent news story has been very welcome and appreciated.
It never ceases to amaze me how this monster called social media can totally and absolutely determine the opinions of the masses by reading the post of others, especially when they don’t have all the facts. Keyboard courage is not factual.
For instance, in 2016 a traffic volume study conducted by TXDOT revealed that over 12,213 cars a day go through Brownsboro, that’s over 4 million cars a YEAR! So, if you do the math, since we wrote 2,088 citations last year, that’s ONLY .0004% of the total amount of cars coming through our small town.
Oh, and did I mention that the post and story that followed failed to report that 1,423 of those citations were for 15mph and ABOVE the posted limit. So out of the 665 citations left, 216 were for 11-15 over, and the rest are for various other offenses not pertaining to traffic. You see, they don’t want to research the facts and REPORT THE TRUTH.
Now let’s discuss the claim that Brownsboro has some of the highest property crime and violent crime in the state, really? The gentleman that posted put this post up obtained this information acquired it from a real estate website based out of Washington State. So far, I have reached out to the company to find out where they got their statistics from because these statistics are grossly inaccurate. If you look at the stats on file for the last five years, we have a 6% property crimes average instead of the 76% that the post claims. If you want to talk about the violent crime, we sit at 13% average over the last five years; I’d say that is pretty low for any town of our size. My point is, it sounds scary when you pull numbers off a website, that as far as I know, their statistics are taken from an unaccredited source, instead of going to the source, the police department. Again, report the truth.
All in all, they say we are out simply to generate revenue instead of protecting our citizens; however, they showed the public nothing of the statistics that would prove otherwise. I have been in law enforcement now for over 18 years and take a tremendous amount of pride in the fact, I know and realize first and foremost, I am a servant of the people, and always have. I started my career based on the desire to help people. I was not going to respond to this in any way at first, because as a law enforcement professional, you get accustomed to people always talking negative, or about you. But because of YOU, the people of Brownsboro and the unrelentless support from our citizens that has prompted me to speak up. Our community has taken this issue as a personal attack on the place where we raise our families, attend church and worship together, and proudly support our local schools and organizations. To question our town’s integrity with blatant disregard for our residents, by someone who is upset, they got caught in a moving violation and chose to slander the name of our town and our police dept. That’s the truth.