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Van Zandt Co. citizens invited to become associate members of sheriff's association of Texas

From the Van Zandt County Sheriff's Office:

Responding to the increased number of citizens wanting to assist law enforcement officials and build a stronger partnership in the fight against crime, Sheriff Michael Lindsey Ray today announced that Van Zandt County citizens are being invited to become associate members of the Sheriff's Association of Texas.

Membership invitations will go out in the mail over the next several weeks. Associate member funding allows the Sheriff's Association of Texas to provide critical training, technical resources, and legislative support on key criminal justice issues to law enforcement officials across the state.

In addition, dues will be use to support crime prevention and awareness programs, promote public safety, fight drug abuse, provide additional trainining for sheriffs and their deputies, and provide scholarships for children of law enforcement officers.

Contributions to the Sheriff's Association of Texas are tax-deductible.

"The associate membership drive helps provide the funding which is vital to our mission of making our communities safer places to live, work, and play," said Sheriff Ray.

The associate membership program was created to provide citizens with an opportunity to lend their support to more effective law enforcement and to better help local sheriffs protect the lives and property of citizens.

"During thses economic times, the need for building stronger public-private law enforcement partnerships continues to escalate, and programs such as this continue to grow in importance," said Sheriff Ray. "I encourage every citizen receiving a membership appeal to consider joining forces with us by becoming an associate member. It is a valuable investment in our future."

Citizens not receiving a membership appeal or desiring more information can contact the Sheriff's Association of Texas at 1601 S. IH-35, Austin, Texas 78741 or visit

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