There’s a new organization in the area. About a year ago, the late Blanco County Sheriff, Bill Elsbury, had a vision for a new group that would promote and encourage stronger communication and collaboration among the various Sheriffs’ offices in the local judicial district. So, with Sheriff Elsbury as the cornerstone, the Hill Country Law Encforcement Association (HCLEA) was formed. They began meeting with a myriad of different Sheriff’s offices. Participants ranged from the Blanco, Burnet, Llano, San Saba & Lampassas Counties. The HCLEA has been meeting for about one year now on a monthly basis on the third Thursday of eah month. The meetings begin at 11:30am with a liaison/lunchtime. After lunch, participants observe a presentation or training session of specific subject matter that is important to public safety and relevant to the mission of the attending members. Some of the presentations that have taken place at these meetings include special speakers like Texas DPS Captain Jose Portillo, ATF RAC Mike Reyes, State District Judge Dan Mills, District Attorney-elect Sonny McAfee, District Judge-elect Alan Garrett, and even some special training by the FBI. They always conclude their meetings with a brief business meeting. Recently the HCLEA has decided to expand their membership to include all law enforcement agencies located or operating in the judicial district, including state and federal agencies. The membership now includes police departments, DPS officers, Texas Rangers, game wardens, county officers, and federal agents. Jack H. Schumacher, is the current president of the HCLEA. “We continually seek to promote the goals of district enhanced communication and cooperation while providing the most recent and relevant training and information available,” he said. “As career law enforcement and public service professionals dedicated to protect and serve the people of this judicial district, we welcome any suggestions, requests, and support from our customers, you the citizens,” he added.