Sheriff Kenneth Hammack took office in January 2005 and has since made many changes to make the Polk County Sheriff's Office more efficient and to serve the public better. Kenneth Hammack has over 41 years in law enforcement including 10 years as a Texas Ranger. While with the Department of Public Safety he has acquired 2,800 hours of law enforcement training.
Chief Deputy 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.
Sheriff's Office Programs
Sheriff Hammack 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 Kenneth Hammack
Polk County Sheriff's Office
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.