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Sheriff Byron A. Lyons started his career in law enforcement in 1986 working in the Polk County jail. In 1989 he enrolled in the Deep East Texas Police Academy in Kilgore Texas. In August of 1989 he was placed on patrol after successfully completing Kilgore Police Academy. In May of 1990 he was hired by the Livingston Police Department as a patrolman. In September 2001 he was hired as a Felony Investigator by the Polk County District Attorney's Office. In 2005 he was asked by Sheriff Kenneth Hammack to be his Chief Deputy. In 2020 he ran for Sheriff and won the election and on January 1st 2021 he was sworn in as the new Sheriff of Polk County.

Chief Deputy

   Chief Deputy Rickie Childers started his career in Law Enforcement in 1996 when he attended the Angelina College Police Academy in Lufkin Texas. In February of 1997 he began working for the Polk County Sheriff’s Office as a Patrol Deputy. In January of 2001 he was promoted to Detective, December of 2005 promoted to Lieutenant Detective, and in March of 2007 promoted to Captain over the Criminal Investigations Division of the Sheriff’s Office. In November of 2019, he took over as Captain of Law Enforcement which included Patrol, CID, Narcotics, Courthouse Security and Dispatch. In November of 2020, Byron Lyons was elected as the new Sheriff of Polk County with the retirement of Sheriff Kenneth Hammack. I was then asked by Sheriff Lyons to be his Chief Deputy beginning January 1, 2021. 

Sheriff's Office Programs

Sheriff Lyons would like the public to know that the Polk County Sheriff's Office has developed several informative programs for public gatherings and organizations. These programs consist of a neighborhood watch program "Polk County Wise Eyes". This is a program that brings the old Neighborhood Watch program into the electronic age by utilizing the web email to distribute information on crime. Another is how to prevent "Identity Theft" and how to deal with it if you are a victim. The Sheriff's Office also has a program "Scams and You" which deals with recognizing scams and how to deal with it if you are a victim. The fourth program deals with "internet Safety" for children which one out of five children will be victimized this year.

If you are interested in having any of these programs presented to your P.O.A., Organization or any group of residents call the Special Projects Office at the Polk County Sheriff's Office and request any or all of the projects or click here for more information on these and other programs provided to you.

Sheriff Byron Lyons

Polk County Sheriff's Office


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Polk County Sheriff’s Office Mission Statement
The mission of the Polk County Sheriff’s Office is to maintain social order and provide professional law enforcement services to citizens in the community, within prescribed ethical, budgetary, and constitutional constraints. This office strives to enforce the law and maintain order in a fair and impartial manner, recognizing the need for justice, and consistent appearance of justice. The Sheriff recognizes that no law enforcement agency can operate at its maximum potential without supportive input from the citizens it serves. This office actively solicits and encourages the cooperation of all citizens to reduce and limit the opportunities for crime and to assist bringing to justice those who break the law.

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