Hometown Heroes: Eric Robins

By Joan Frances –

Chief Eric Robins.

Public service is a lifelong commitment to making this world a better place to live. Sugar Land is privileged to have a police force that caters to the needs of the community and endeavors to keep everyone safe and secure. Our Hometown Hero, Eric Robins, in addition to his title of the Sugar Land Chief of Police, is an active participant in helping the people of Fort Bend live fulfilling lives.

Chief Robins is a Houston native, who has recently moved to Sugar Land but has worked in Fort Bend for almost 28 years. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice from the University of Houston Downtown and a master’s degree in criminal justice leadership and management from Sam Houston State University. Chief Robins joined the Sugar Land Police Department in 1992 as a patrol officer and served as a detective, sergeant, lieutenant, captain and assistant chief before being promoted to chief in 2018. He is an active member of the following organizations: National Organization for Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE), board member for the Fort Bend Seniors Meals on Wheels Program, board member for the Gus George Law Enforcement Academy, International Association of Chief of Police (IACP), IACP-Victim Services Committee member, the Texas Police Chief’s Association (TPCA), the Houston Area Chiefs of Police Association (HACPA), and he recently joined the Sugar Land Exchange Club.

For over ten years, Robins has been dedicated to working with Fort Bend Seniors Meals on Wheels. “I love talking to our seniors, assisting them and helping them receive a better quality of life. Delivering meals, volunteering at the congregate sites and simply being in their presence gives me a good feeling to know how much it means to the citizens. Seeing their expression and listening to them makes them have a better day. I joined because I want to make a difference in the community and to be a part of something far greater than myself – to be there, helping the senior citizens, and to know what their needs are. Fort Bend County has an increasing senior population. The necessity to provide aid and support to our seniors will be more critical in the next five to ten years. I thoroughly enjoy listening to them tell their stories about how life was 40 or 50 years ago or even longer. They refer to ‘the simple times’ and how much things have changed. To me, our history can tell a lot about our society and where we’re headed.”

Through his tireless dedication as Chief of Police, Robins works to set a paradigm for the younger members of the community. “I want to set an example for others to follow, specifically those who are younger than me. I love to mentor young adults on making career choice and how to avoid negative pitfalls. The questions they ask me is a testament to the concerns they have about life and growing up in our city. They share their fears with me, and I do my best to remind them they are the future of our community, and that in time, they will be our leaders and decision makers. My goal is to make everyone feel proud of where they live, work and play.”

Robins managed and created special enforcement teams to target and handle specific high-crime patterns throughout the city, efforts that have directly contributed to an historic low crime rate.

Thank you Chief Eric Robins for your generous contributions, undeniable accomplishments and continued support of the Fort Bend County community.

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