Public events, community functions, festivals and other activities
involving officers and staff of the
La Salle County Sheriff's Office

La Salle County Christmas Luncheon, AB Alexander Convention Center, Friday, Dec. 21

Ramirez/Burks Elementary School
Annual Christmas Caroling Tour,
La Salle County Courthouse, Dec. 12

La Salle County employees and elected officials enjoy their Thanksgiving luncheon in Cotulla, Friday, November 16 

Halloween treats from
La Salle County government for the youngsters at the Cotulla ISD PEP Center, October 31

Cowboy pride at the
Cotulla Homecoming Parade,
Thursday, October 25

A Monstrously Good Time
at the Kids Are First
education center's annual Fall Festival,
Martinez Park, Cotulla; Friday, October 19

These are
good times

The Madison Pointe apartment complex in Cotulla hosted its first celebration of the National Night Out event on Wednesday evening, October 10, with food and refreshments for residents of all ages, and games and activities for children. On hand to help celebrate, to meet the youngsters and to help encourage neighborliness as well as reinforce the 'If You See Something, Say Something' message were La Salle County Sheriff Miguel Rodriguez and his deputies as well as the county's K9 Officer, and firefighters and paramedics of the La Salle Fire Rescue & EMS.

Back-to-School Health Fair,
August 1

Crisis de-escalation training for regional law enforcement officers, jailers and emergency dispatchers,
Wednesday, July 25

Independence Day Parade
hosted by
Cotulla Main Street Program and City Hall
Saturday, June 30

Painting for a Cause:
Fundraiser for the Children's Alliance of South Texas and Child Advocacy Center, Cotulla,
Tuesday, June 12

'Safety Rocks' presentation at Cotulla schools

La Salle County Fire Rescue & EMS member Zane Bumpass joined geologist Matthew Price and Soteria Solutions representative Michelle Joseph in giving presentations to students in different grades at the Ramirez/Burks and Encinal elementary schools and at Cotulla High School during the last week of May with the ‘Safety Rocks’ program that includes a video presentation on the creation of the shale beneath South Texas soil over several million years and the recession of the inland sea whose organisms and corals were compressed to form the oil-rich layer being tapped today by the energy industry operating in the Eagle Ford region. Instruction included details of the prehistoric marine life of the onetime sea and displays of fossils that have been discovered in the area as proof of the life that was once abundant in the region. Attention was then turned to advice on safety around oil and gas drilling equipment, storage tanks, pipelines and other fixtures, some of which are not fenced to keep out trespassers. Students were reminded of the dangers of venturing close to worksites and of interfering with energy industry equipment, the hazards of toxic gases and liquids associated with the energy industry, and flammable materials. The ‘Safety Rocks’ education component is designed to complement the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills curriculum at the schools, combining elements of geology, geography, science, social studies and current events. The program will soon be made available to the public at the Alexander Memorial Library and will include a fossil display.
Members of the US Border Patrol and the US Army arrive in Cotulla (photo above), carrying the
Special Olympics torch over the Nueces River Bridge to meet the Cotulla participants (below)

Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Texas,
Cotulla, Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Cotulla High School students Aaliyah Charo, Josue Perez, Sonny Aldaco, Carlos Alba and Mariah Molina join the Texas Department of Criminal Justice and community members in making the run through Cotulla in support of Special Olympics

Police Appreciation Week at Cotulla's Ramirez/Burks Elementary School

For all that you do

Law enforcement officers from across La Salle County were invited to a special Police Appreciation Week schedule of events Friday, May 18, by faculty and students of the Ramirez/Burks Elementary School Honor Society in Cotulla to share breakfast with the students in the George Hopkins Cafeteria, after which the officers visited classrooms at all grade levels and discussed their work, the qualifications required for law enforcement, and the reasons they enjoy their careers. In exchange, students presented the officers with handwritten notes thanking them for their service, impromptu portraits with messages of thanks, artwork and goodie bags, and invited them to take part in craft projects. Those taking part included La Salle County Sheriff Miguel Rodriguez, deputies and reserve deputies, county constables, Chief Roy Vallejo and the Encinal Police Department, troopers of the Texas Department of Public Safety Highway Patrol, Texas Rangers, and agents of the US Border Patrol. The day continued with a luncheon for all the officers hosted by the school, and the presentation of a banner in front of the county courthouse by Cotulla ISD's Kindergarten students.

Good Times at the Encinal Parade
​for Cinco de Mayo

This is 
who we 
always are

La Salle County Sheriff Miguel Rodriguez, Chief Deputy Earl Heath, Sgt. Investigator Esmeralda Gonzalez, Investigator Homar Olivarez, and DPS Highway Patrol Cpl Robert Ayala joined Cotulla Woman's Club members Dorothy Kinsel, Vicki Rodriguez, Melanie Ayala, Maria Sobrevilla, Courtney Llewellyn, Louisa Franklin and Novella Byrd - school staff among them - at the Ramirez/Burks and Encinal elementary schools on Wednesday, April 25, for the annual Kindergarten student fingerprinting project, a safety program that includes an identity kit that is sent home to parents and contains a child's detailed description and identifiers for use in the event of an emergency or disaster, or in case a child is missing. The Cotulla ISD youngsters observed their identity cards being completed and interacted at length with their campus visitors. The national program is sponsored by the club, which is a member of the National Federation of Woman's Clubs and plays an active community role in promoting family safety.     

April is Child Abuse Prevention & Awareness Month

Student members of the Cotulla High School Chapter of the National Honor Society gathered on the lawn of the La Salle County Courthouse with county government officials and representatives of the Wintergarden Womens Shelter on Friday morning, April 6, to plant blue pinwheels in front of children's silhouettes in commemoration of April as Child Abuse Prevention & Awareness Month, a time during which law enforcement personnel, healthcare and social services providers, advocacy groups, counselors, religious and civic leaders focus on promoting education in the ways in which abuse and neglect of minors persists in society and remains a threat to the vulnerable in the community; and encouraging intervention in crimes of abuse and neglect, and services to the victims.  

It's a Bunny Good Time
at the
Cotulla Easter Egg Hunt,
Thursday, March 29

Family fun at the
Encinal Easter Egg Hunt, Sunday, March 25

"Medieval Swine" on Wild Hog Cook-Off Weekend!
Cotulla Parade, Saturday, March 10

Wild Hog Weekend, March 9-11: Administrators, Officers and Reserves prepare for the La Salle County Fair, Wild Hog Parade and Cook-Off, Junior Livestock Show & Ranch Rodeo