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KAUFMAN COUNTY, Texas — The Travis Ranch community joins a growing list of master-planned communities in Kaufman County, recently named the 3rd fastest growing county in the country by the U.S. Census Bureau, to ink a contract for extra law enforcement patrol services.

The contract, approved by the Kaufman County Commissioners Court earlier today, calls for 40 hours of extra patrol services with the Precinct 2 Constable's Office — aimed at curtailing crime by providing an increased visible law enforcement presence within the community.

The contract is similar to those already approved in Windmill Farms, Clements Ranch, and most recently earlier this year in Devonshire, wherein Travis Ranch 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 Travis Ranch's case, the contract calls for 40 hours a week of extra patrol services, according to Precinct 2 Constable Jason Johnson.

Johnson says the specific patrol hours will be determined by targeting current ongoing issues within the community.

"When the deputy is on patrol, you will have faster response times and visibility to deter criminal activities," stated Johnson. "We will also be addressing the running the stop signs, speeding issues, four wheelers, side by sides, golf carts, motorcycles on the roadways, fights, and any other violations."

These extra patrol contracts call for dedicated patrol hours and are not inclusive of law enforcement services already provided by the Kaufman County Sheriff's Office, which will remain unchanged.

With the approval of the Devonshire contract in March 2019, the Kaufman County Sheriff's Office and the Precinct 2 Constable's Office formally signed a memorandum of understanding which detailed each agencies responsibilities within the designated MUD districts that have extra patrol contracts.

Mathew Richards has been covering local and breaking news in Forney since 2012, later expanding that coverage throughout Kaufman County. Send tips directly to the attached email or our news desk at News@inForney.com.