East Montgomery County Improvement District


The East Montgomery County Improvement District recognized 12 local Officers of the Year at its annual Law Enforcement Appreciation Dinner held Monday, February 27 at the EMCID Complex in New Caney. The 13th annual event honored officers who were selected by their superiors from the local school districts and college, city police departments, the Constable’s Office, Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, and the Texas Department of Public Safety. EMCID President and CEO Frank McCrady and Brenda Webb, Chairman of the Board, presented the officers with trophies and gift bags with items donated from local businesses.


“We appreciate the dedication and service of our law enforcement and that’s what this event is about,” said Webb. “We know our police chiefs also look forward to having their officers recognized among their peers. It’s a big honor for all of them.”

The officers who were recognized were:

Lone Star College Police Department – Ofc. Nicholas Franklin
New Caney ISD Police Department – Ofc. Kevin Potter
Splendora ISD Police Department – Ofc. Robert C. Alex
Patton Village Police Department – *Sgt. Stacey Baumgartner
Roman Forest Police Department – Ofc. Randall Blackketter
Splendora Police Department – Sgt. Troy Teller
Woodbranch Police Department – Ofc. Roxana Castillo
Montgomery County Constable’s Office, Pct. 4 – Investigator Eric Prado
Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office (Detective Division) – Det. Kristy Wroten
Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office (Patrol Division) – Dep. Kevin Pickerill
Texas Department of Public Safety – Cpl. Sam Larson
Texas Department of Public Safety – Trooper Benjamin Polansky

Chase Hughes was the night’s guest speaker. Raised in Houston, Hughes is a Chief in the Naval Expeditionary Combat Command. He specializes in behavioral science, from profiling and lie-detection to engineering human behavior. He is the founder of Ellipsis Behavior Laboratories and is author to three books, including The Ellipsis Manual: analysis and engineering human behavior, currently on’s Best Seller list.

Hughes provided the audience with insights on non-verbal communication and detecting deception. He joked that his techniques could be used not only in the field but at home among family members.

Click here to see pictures from the EMCID Law Enforcement Appreciation Dinner and Officers of the Year Awards.

EMCID would like to thank the numerous businesses who donated hundreds of dollars- worth of gifts for the officers and for door prizes.

Amedeo’s Italian Restaurant
Archie’s Food Basket
Back Pew Brewing Company
Coals Smokehouse
Commissioner Jim Clark
Community Hardware
Fish Tales
Flowers of Kingwood
Hofbrau Steaks
Judge James Metts
La Casita Mexican Restaurant
Longhorn Steakhouse
Los Cucos Mexican Café
Party Heaven
Royal Purple
Sam’s Club
Sheila Hebert Photography
ShowBiz Cinemas
Skero’s BBQ
SpeedsportZ Racing Park
State Rep. Cecil Bell, Jr.
State Sen. Brandon Creighton
Texas Roadhouse
Trout Tire
U.S. Rep. Kevin Brady

*awarded posthumously