KAUFMAN COUNTY, Texas — The Kaufman County Commissioners' Court has approved an extra-patrol contract between the Precinct 2 Constable's Office and Devonshire, a master-planned community just north of the Forney city limits.

With its approval, Devonshire has become the third community to ink a deal with the constable's office to provide extra patrol services aimed at curtailing crime in one of Texas' fastest growing rural counties by providing an increased visible law enforcement presence.

The contract is similar to those already approved in Windmill Farms and Clements Ranch, wherein Devonshire will provide the funding for a patrol unit and will pay the hours of extra patrol by a constable's deputy, at no cost to the county. In Devonshire's case, the contract calls for 30 hours a week of extra patrol services.

Devonshire resident Jason Kaup said, while addressing the commissioners' court last week, the contract also provides a quicker response time during critical incidents when the residents need it the most — mentioning a 95-second response time from a contracted constable's deputy to a stabbing incident in Windmill Farms last month.

The latest contract's approval also came in light of a formally signed memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the Kaufman County Sheriff's Office and the Precinct 2 Constable's Office which detailed each agencies responsibilities within the designated MUD districts that have extra patrol contracts — which addressed previous concerns by some of the commissioners and the sheriff's office.

Kaufman County Sheriff Bryan Beavers says the MOU addresses his concerns of proper crime reporting to the state and each entities responsibilities.

"I think its going to work out well, that [the MOU] clarified us and got us all on the same page and everybody knows exactly what each side is doing," stated Beavers. "I think it's a win-win for everybody."