Sheriff’s Office Launches Virtual Deputy Program

By George Slaughter

The public has a new option for submitting criminal mischief, lost property, or theft reports, thanks to a new program launched by the Harris County Sheriff’s Office.

The new Virtual Deputy program enables anyone with a webcam or a camera-equipped cell phone can submit a report directly to a deputy using video conferencing. The same restrictions for online reporting apply. A citizen can connect to a Virtual Deputy from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday-Friday.

“The past year has taught us that many routine matters can be handled via video conference, rather than a face-to-face meeting,” Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said in a news release. “The Virtual Deputy program simplifies a process that can be time-consuming and frustrating. Our goal is to make the process easier for our residents and more efficient for our deputies.”

To start the process, log onto, scroll down to Virtual Deputy, and begin entering the information.