The opening of the Gus George Law Enforcement Academy’s new facility and the announcement that three classrooms would be named after veteran lawmen of this county sent me down a trip to memory lane.
I was a rookie reporter when I first met Lt. Bill Ennis, with Missouri City Police Department, and then Sgt. Jan Jones, with Stafford Police Department. Back in those days there were no public information officers or PR people.
When something happened the reporter was either on the scene or shortly thereafter in the squad room talking directly to the officers and looking at all the reports as they were being produced.
Bill Ennis and Jan Jones were just getting started on their dream of having a real law enforcement academy for all of the officers in the county.
They worked countless hours trying to raise funds, find volunteer instructors, and donated space for the classes that were being held by the newly incorporated Fort Bend County Law Enforcement Academy.
I was so taken with their dedication and zealousness, I got all caught up in it and the next thing you know I was pushing for an official “law enforcement appreciation week” with a parade and activities to raise funds for their project.
I won’t ever do that again.
We had a parade, a dance, a basketball game and a host of other events that week. We made some money and my feet still hurt when I think of the work that went into it.
But my heart is still proud. Those were fun days when we all had a vision.
Thanks to Sheriff Gus George that vision came to fruition.
I miss him. I miss Jan and Bill. They were good guys and I’m pleased I had the opportunity to know them well.
Lt. Don Martin, the original director of the Academy, is a good guy too. He retired some years ago but showed up for the grand opening.
I wasn’t there but I wish a wonderful future to the Academy.
They’ve done good.