Your Voice, Your Vote: Greg Sanches, Angelina Co. Sheriff candidate
Candidate's Name: Greg Sanches
Date of Birth: June 6, 1962
Education: Graduated from Hudson High School
Graduated from Angelina College (Criminal Justice Degree )
Graduated from Texas Dept. Of Public Safety Training Academy (4 months 2 weeks)
Family: Married and have two children.
Religion: Baptist, member of Harmony Hill Baptist Church.
Greg Sanches, born and raised in the Lufkin area, graduated from Hudson High School. His strong work ethic began at a young age when he played high school baseball in Hudson and won the first ever band award. While in high school, he started boxing with the Lufkin City Parks and Recreation and attended the Golden Gloves three times, winning twice. During this time, he received the nickname "KO" by Coach Ronnie Durham. Later in his career, he boxed in the Police Olympics in 1984, winning the silver medal. In 1985, he boxed in the first ever "World Games" and won the silver medal again.
Sanches has an extensive background in public service and criminal justice. He worked at the Sheriff's department from 1981 to 1983 while he was attending Angelina College earning a degree in Criminal Justice. He also worked in the jail for a little over a year and received his jail license. He worked as a deputy for ten months and received his Peace Officer License. During this time, he worked very hard, attending college in the morning and working the evening shift at the department.
In April 1983, he attended the Texas Department of Public Safety recruit school. The training was intense, much like an extended military boot camp. The school consisted of classroom lecture, physical training, self defense, survival training, firearms, driver training and other law enforcement information. Upon graduation, he was placed in the Highway Patrol Service and stationed in Conroe. After a year in Conroe, Sanches transferred to Livingston, where he worked for 3 years.
In 1987, Sanches began work at the Highway Patrol Service in Lufkin. In 1990, he was chosen to be the Safety Education Officer, which he held through his retirement from the DPS in December of 2011.
During his time at DPS, he has received many advanced certificates; Firearms Instructor, Advanced Instructor and Master Peace Officer. He has been trained in media relations and command post disaster training. For ten years, he has conducted shooting exhibitions for the DPS in Region 2. He is also certified on child seat installment and safety, installing hundreds of child seats in the Angelina County area.
Sanches is no stranger to helping others and educating the public. Throughout his time at DPS, he has spoken to thousands of children in schools dealing with safety and laws. As a leader in the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) program, he has talked with thousands of high school students about driving safety, crime prevention, occupant protection and drug prevention. He has also participated in the Shattered Dreams program.
Greg Sanches is a leader among his peers, teaching many safety classes to other DPS troopers. He has prepared and made programs on law enforcement information, laws and safety for the public. Sanches has presented to businesses, churches, civic groups and many youth programs about laws and safety, conducting over 12,000 safety programs that have reached over 200,000 people. He has worked with all media outlets on a local, state and national level. He is currently the president of the Special Needs Softball and Soccer for the Lufkin Parks and Recreation.
Greg and his wife have been married for 23 years, and they have two children. They attend and are members of Harmony Hill Baptist Church. Sanches was saved in August of 1976 at a Baptist Encampment in Trinity County.
Other Career Highlights: (See bio)
Awards/Recognition: Appreciation Award for DARE Officer At Angelina Christian School, Recognized by Sheriff Ted Everett Of Polk County for capture of wanted Fugitive, Boy Scouts awards for educating scouts, Silver Medal for boxing in Police Olympics in Scottsdale, Arizona, Silver Medal for boxing in the first Police and Fireman World Games in Jose, California, Recognized by civic groups for shooting exhibition programs, two second place trophies for crime stoppers shootout master division, one second place trophy for crime stoppers shootout instructor division, one first place trophy for crime stoppers shootout master division, Certificate of Appreciation from Shattered Dreams of Lufkin.
What qualifies you for this office?
I am qualified for this position with over 30 years of law enforcement experience. I have a full range of training and broad knowledge to manage effectively. I also bring to the job a solid working relationship with all Federal, State and local agencies. Training and certifications attached.
What are your plans if elected (re-elected)?
I will be accountable for the use of your tax dollars, seizure funds and assets entrusted to the County. Through leadership shaped over years in law enforcement, I have the skill and experience to make sure the citizens of Angelina County are protected; that people in the Sheriff's Department have the right resources and equipment to do the job, and to lead in a way that all citizens of Angelina County have confidence in their Sheriff.