Kaufman, Texas – On September 11th, Lt. Brian Simmons of the Kaufman County Sheriff’s Office was honored as one of the recipients of the Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Award, sponsored each year by the American Legion Post 165.
Each year, The American Legion presents a Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Award to a well-rounded law enforcement officer who has exceeded the duty requirements expected of his or her position and has demonstrated a distinct pattern of community service coupled with professional achievement.
Lt. Simmons was implemental in the creation of the Kaufman County Crisis Response Team. Working with the Sheriff’s Office Hostage Negotiations Team, they collaborate, train together, and conduct post crisis follow ups with consumers, their families, and mental health providers. It is the desire of the Sheriff’s staff, as well as the command staff to provide the best services possible to the community we serve and through this program we are striving to strengthen our response to a very important group of residents within Kaufman County. During his off duty time, Lt. Simmons volunteers as a crisis counselor with the North Texas suicide and Crisis Center.
“I am proud that the American Legion has recognized Lt. Simmons,” stated Sheriff David A. Byrnes, “I join them in applauding Lt. Simmons, and I appreciate his representation of the Kaufman County Sheriffs Office.”