Potter County Sheriff's Office

February 2016 Newsletter

As a Potter County Sheriff's Officer, my fundamental duty is to serve mankind; to safeguard lives and property; to protect the innocent against deception, the weak against oppression or intimidation, and the peaceful against violence or disorder; and to respect the Constitutional rights on all men to liberty and justice.


On 12/30/2015 DCO Samaniego went to medical to escort an inmate from the violent cell to the arraignment room. The inmate became combative and was quickly taken the ground and handcuffed. During the cuffing Samaniego noticed the inmates face was turning blue and he was not breathing. Samaniego alerted his fellow employees and the subject was turned on his back and Samaniego began chest compressions. Within seconds of being placed on his back the inmate regained consciousness and began breathing on his own. Samaniego's alertness and attention to detail helped prevent serious injury of the inmate.

Rotory Club Honor Recipient

CO Michael Parsons was honored on 01/28/16 by the Amarillo South Rotary Club as Potter County's Deputy/CO of the Year.


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Congratulations to Sgt. Steve White, Cpl. Steven Orcutt, Cpl. Wallace Jones, Cpl. Kevin Mashburn, Sgt. John Frey, Cpl. Almanza, Sgt. Cotton, DCO Robert Box, and DCO Christopher Chapman on your promotions!


The Sheriff's Office put on six C.R.A.S.E. classes for the citizens of Potter County and over 600 people signed up to attend. The goal for the training was to help citizens learn to make good judgment calls if are present when an active shooter event occurs.
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Upcoming Classes

Domestic Homicide Prevention - February 5th - Amarillo College

Open Carry Law Update for Telecommunicators - February 6th - AC West Campus

Critical Incident Peer Support - February 10-11th - Amarillo College

Dealing with Difficult People - February 12th - The Hilton

Warrior Survival at Home and on the Streets - February 12th - Amarillo College

TEEX Crime Scene Investigation - February 22-26th - Wheeler, TX

Basic Drug Identification - February 23-24th - Amarillo College

Investigating & Reconstructing Shooting Incidents - April 25-29th - Amarillo Police Dept.

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Sheriff's Department Blood Drive

Tuesday, Feb. 2nd, 8am-12pm

608 South Pierce Street

Amarillo, TX

Every eligible donor who presents to donate will receive a free t-shirt. Photo ID of Donor ID card required. Ask about giving auto-reds to maximize your donation!
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Potter County Sharing Hope Ministry Chili Cook

Friday, Feb. 19th, 5am-5:30pm

13100 Northeast 29th Avenue

Amarillo, TX

Chili cook to help raise funds for Sheriff's Office employees to attend HopeFest 2016 as well as providing bibles for female inmates. Suggested donations are $3 for a bowl of chili, $4 for Frito pie and $5 for a pulled pork sandwich. Midnight shift will be served at C11 at 0500, day shift will be served at C10 and C11 at noon and evening shift will be served at C11at 1730 hours.

Training & Personnel

When you attend training provided by an outside training provider, or take an on-line course, we may be able to submit the training for TCOLE credit. If you receive a certificate of completion for any type of training and you’re unsure if the training provider is reporting to TCOLE, send the certificate to T&P along with an instructor evaluation within 30 days of the training and we will determine if it qualifies for TCOLE credit.


Training Requirements

If you hold an active license with TCOLE, then you are required to complete training by August 31, 2017. Your training requirements depend on if you are a peace officer, jailer or telecommunicator. Peace officer training requirements depend on level of certification, and whether you work for a constable’s office or not. See the listing below to find out what training you must take to keep your license in good standing. Please contact our office if you have any questions.


  • 20 hours of training are due by August 31, 2017.

  • You can complete the training through your MyTCOLE Account. You

are welcome to take any of the classes listed under General Training on the TCOLE website.


  • Cultural Diversity is due by August 31, 2017.

  • If you have an active peace officer license with a peace officer proficiency

of an INTERMEDIATE level or higher, then Cultural Diversity is not required to keep your jailer license in compliance.

Peace Officers

  • Training is due by August 31, 2017.

  • Basic or no certificate level:

    • 40 hours to include CIT update, Special Investigative Topics, Cultural Diversity and the current State and Federal Law Update (3184).

  • Intermediate certificate or higher:

    • 40 hours to include the current State and Federal Law Update (3184).

Chief Administrators

  • Chief’s Continuing Education (3740) must be completed by August 31, 2017.

  • The training must be completed through the Bill Blackwood Institute.

  • The State and Federal Law Update is not required in addition to this course.

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February Birthdays

Thomas Blanchard - February 1st

Mikaela Black - February 4th

Robert "Chip" Parker - February 7th

Ashley Coone - February 9th

Michael Gibbons - February 9th

Esteven Solis - February 9th

Kristian Rivera - February 10th

Monica McNutt - February 11th

Lesley Montgomery - February 11th

Ruben Solis - February 11th

Kevin Parvin - February 13th

Willis Orcutt - February 15th

Shane Slough - February 15th

Mitch Russell - February 17th

Wade McLaughlin - February 20th

Glinda Banner - February 25th

Tracy Montano - February 26th

Gerado Patino - February 27th

Nicholas Scott - February 28th

Jason Wilkins - February 29th

Potter County Welcomes a New Baby Sheriff!

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Cpl. Les Montgomery and his family welcomed Ronan Garrick Montgomery into this world on January 12th. He was 8 lbs 8 oz and 20 inches long.

Potter County Benefit Board Christmas Party