Lieutenant Tommy Shelton, Jr.


In November 1990, Lieutenant Tommy Shelton began his career with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO). He attended the Basic Peace Officer’s Class #B4-91 at the Harris County Sheriff’s Academy and graduated in December 1991. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature from the University of Houston-Downtown where he graduated Magna cum Laude (Sigma Tau Delta-International English Honor Society, Pi Gamma Mu-International Honor Society in Social Science, Dean’s List: 2002, 2003). His credentials include: Master Peace Officer, Master Jailer, TCOLE Instructor, Spanish Language Interpreter, SAFVIC Special Investigator Certification, and Mental Health Peace Officer.

Lieutenant Shelton’s first assignment with the HCSO was as Detention Officer at the 1301 Franklin Jail facility. Other assignments have included stints at the Inmate Processing Center, the Outlying Jails at four district substations, Transportation (Ben Taub and LBJ Hospitals), and Patrol. While assigned to the Patrol Bureau, Shelton graduated from the HCSO’s first class of Field Training Officers and served in that capacity in all assignments, which included the Motorist Assistance Program (M.A.P), District 4 Beat Patrol, and Hot Spot street level narcotics enforcement unit. While assigned to Patrol, Shelton assisted with the implementation and programming of the first beat systems used by Patrol for improving beat integrity.

In 2006, he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant; in 2013, to Lieutenant. His assignments as supervisor were as follows: Housing Sergeant, Detention Training Sergeant, Inmate Processing Center Administrative Sergeant, Executive Bureau Administrative Sergeant to Law Enforcement Chief and Chief Administrative Officer, Dispatch Center Division Commander, Justice Support Services Division and Downtown Patrol Division Commander, and Mental Health and Jail Diversion Bureau Division Commander.

Lieutenant Tommy Shelton assisted with the implementation of the DWI SOBER Court Program, Vice/Narcotics Eight Liner Unit, Telestaff Workplace scheduling software configuration, House Arrest Program pilot, and oversaw the implementation of training manuals used for the training of four hundred and seventeen (417) new hire employees and first class of thirty (30) Detention Sergeants (2008-2010).

Lieutenant Shelton is a published poet, Life Member of the Houston 100 Club, Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, and is an official Old 300 descendant of Stephen F. Austin’s Old Three Hundred settler families who received land grants in Austin’s first colony in Mexico.

Prior to his employment with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, Lt. Tommy Shelton served as a Corrections Officer and Field Officer with the then Texas Department of Corrections (1987-1990), now Texas Department of Criminal Justice.


  • 2017: Unit Citation for 2016 Compliance and Inspection Team, Division Commander
  • 2015: HCSO Safe Driving Award
  • 2014: Sheriff’s Commendation for Bravery
  • 2013: DWI SOBER Court Hero Award
  • 2012: Downtown Optimist Club of Houston’s Harris County Sheriff’s Office Law Enforcement Officer of the Year
  • 2011: Harris County Sheriff’s Office Executive Leadership Conference Core Value Award for Innovation
  • 2006: Sheriff’s Commendation for 1200 Detention Bureau 2K1 Riot Control—Meritorious Service (Supervisor)
  • 2001: HCSO Safe Driving Award
  • 2000: National Exchange Club Officer of the Year for Street Level Narcotics Enforcement


Published Poet:

  • Bayou City Review 2003