Sheriff’s Corner: With Sheriff Tracy Murphree

Sheriff’s Corner: With Sheriff Tracy Murphree

Sheriff’s Corner: With Sheriff Tracy Murphree

Captain Douglas Lee supervises the Denton County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Division. Under Captain Lee’s command, there are three Lieutenants, five Sergeants, three Corporals, and currently 41 Patrol Deputies. Denton County is divided into six sections or beats. Our deputies patrol the unincorporated areas of Denton County but assist other agencies within the county. Our deputies are responsible for providing 24-hour law enforcement services to the citizens residing in the unincorporated areas of Denton County. The patrol division is comprised of three standard shifts: day shift (7 am-3 pm), evening shift (3 pm-11 pm) and night shift (11 pm- 7 am).

The deputies answer all types of service calls, ranging from noise complaints to homicides. There is not anything routine about this job. Deputies have to be mentally and physically prepared to face their day. They are briefed on the happenings before hitting the streets. Within the patrol division, we have special enforcement units including the Traffic Unit, Marine Unit, Animal Control Unit, and a School Resource Officer. Not only do we enforce state laws on state highways, but we also enforce state laws on our local lakes and farm to market roads. Our marine unit is the busiest during the summertime and holidays. Many boaters are enjoying the hot Texas weather on the lakes, and we like to maintain a high presence during these times. The traffic unit not only enforces traffic laws, but they also are looking for impaired or reckless drivers that may cause or be involved in traffic crashes.

The deputies assigned to the traffic unit are also trained in accident reconstruction and commercial vehicle enforcement. Most of our deputies started their career as a detention officer, attended the police academy, then applied and were promoted to the position of patrol deputy. We are currently in the process of hiring detention officers, so if you are interested or know someone who is, you can apply online at

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