Sheriff Rand Henderson cut the ribbon along with County Judge Mark Keough and Precinct 3 Commissioner James Noack. The sheriff expressed his appreciation for the county commissioners court for funding the building.
“The efficiency of [the maintenance facility] is a huge bonus for us,” Henderson said. “It’s not only going to serve the south area, but also toll areas from different regions in addition to our maintenance facility in Conroe.”
Henderson said the maintenance facility would enable officers to receive minor mechanical maintenance and updates on their vehicles, which would relieve burdens on maintenance at other sheriff’s office facilities.
Keough, who has spoken about crime coming to Montgomery County from other areas, told Community Impact that the building was “a huge statement.”
“In the immediate, this is such a huge statement to our commitment of funding law enforcement,” Keough said. “Every day, you see [crime] here south of Spring Creek; it’s so painful to see it.”
Lt. Scott Altemus, who will be the commanding officer of the facility, estimated that sheriff’s deputies began operating in the building in September. Henderson confirmed the facility did not have a holding cell at present, but patrols would be able to use a nearby jail in The Woodlands.
“We’re seeing [a need for jail capacity] across the state; COVID-19 really slowed down the courts,” Henderson said. “Montgomery County has fared well. We have an effective judicial system that has maintained the dots of continuing to move those accused of crime through the judicial process, whether that be jail time or prison time.”
The new facility is located at 25046 Abbey Blvd., Spring.