City of Lucas Patrolled by Collin County Deputies
The City of Lucas entered an agreement with Collin County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) on October 1, 2009, to provide law enforcement services. CCSO Deputy Brent Collins and Deputy Jason Lawson provide patrol services to Lucas. Collins has been with CCSO for 19 years and patrolling Lucas since October 2016.
Deputy Collins, during a ride along, detailed an average day patrolling Lucas. He said, “I can generally count on at least one wreck a day. There are a lot of cars on narrow roads and everyone is in a hurry.” He said the number one location for wrecks is at Country Club Road near Kenneth Lewis Park. Driving through the intersection of Country Club and West Lucas Road he pointed out oil on the road that was due to a wreck he had responded to that morning. He voiced appreciation to Stanton Foerster, City of Lucas Public Works Director and City Engineer, for assisting with traffic at that accident. He said that city staff and the Lucas fire department are always willing to assist when needed.
In addition to traffic calls, Deputy Collins responds to 911 calls for Lucas, checks water towers to make sure the gates are locked and that no one has tampered with the water supply, patrols neighborhoods, attends council and P&Z meetings, responds to animal complaints, goes to fire department calls when possible and performs building checks, he makes his presence known at all Lucas businesses and schools.
Following are the top five incidents between Feb. 1 and March 1 in Lucas: 1. Building checks 2. Residential alarms 3. Minor vehicle accidents 4. Animal complaints 5. Major accidents. Deputy Collins said that building checks are 99% deputy directed. If he sees something suspicious, he will walk the premises. He walks around and inside businesses to make his presence known. If a resident has requested a house watch, he performs those also. He said that Lucas residents are very good about communicating with each other and with CCSO if they see something suspicious. He said, “Don’t hesitate to call us using 911. We prefer to go out for a false alarm that leads to nothing than not get called and a crime occurs.” He said he responds to 15-20 residential alarms a month. Regarding animal complaint calls he said typically they are dog barking complaints, but recently he responded to a call about a person carrying a dead skunk around and showing people.
Since he has increased his time spent at Walmart, there has been a decrease in shoplifting incidents. He said they used to receive 10-15 calls a month and this past month, they didn’t receive any. He will work radar in high speed complaint areas. He has called managers of construction sites to direct construction workers to clear the road because they are blocking passage for school busses and fire department vehicles. After verifying that their story was truthful, he bought baby formula for a family asking for money at Walmart. He said, “I did what I thought I should do.”
Regarding the agreement that the City of Lucas has with CCSO, Sheriff Jim Skinner said, “I’m impressed with the city government because of the way they think, this is very impressive. It saves them enormous amounts of money which they can turn around and use to serve the people of Lucas.” CCSO Special Services/PIO Lieutenant Nick Bristow said, “Lucas saves money with this arrangement, while having the ability to receive services from several CCSO specialized units. Lucas saves on personnel costs, equipment costs and maintenance. The following specialized units would provide service to Lucas, when needed: public information, motorcycle traffic enforcement, commercial vehicle enforcement, narcotics investigations, crime scene and criminal investigations.” Lucas is the only city that has deputies specifically assigned within the city limits.
Lucas City Manager Joni Clarke said, “The budget for law enforcement services for the current fiscal year (17/18) is $300,000 and the City’s estimated population is 8,000 so that would allocate $37.50 per capita for the year or you could also use the in-city residential water meters of 2,342 which would provide a cost per household of approximately $128.” She adds, “This is budget, not actual.”
**Article printed in the April 5h issue