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Sheriff’s Office makes changes to combat COVID-19

  • 18 March 2020
  • Author: bawassink
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Sheriff Chody’s commitment to the safety of the Williamson County community is steadfast. Sheriff Chody has ordered all available resources to be focused on addressing the immediate public safety needs of the community while confronting this Pandemic.

In response to the CDC’s recommendation and out of caution to prevent further spread of the COVID-19 Virus the following steps will be taken by the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office until further notice. These are being set in place out of concern and respect for each of our community members. Sheriff Chody asks for your patience and understanding in hopes that we will be able to resume normal operations when it becomes safe again to do so.

Sheriff’s Office Operations/Patrol:

  • Emergency/Life-Threatening calls or “In Progress” calls for service will be handled in the same manner as always and will not change.
  • Non-Emergency/Routine calls for service will be handled over the telephone, if possible. If a deputy is required, our communications staff have been directed to ask if anyone in the household is exhibiting symptoms of the COVID-19 virus.
  • Deputies will try to maintain a “social distance” out of concern and respect for the community.
  • Fingerprinting services for civilians have been suspended until further notice.
  • The Sheriff’s Citizens Academy has been postponed until further notice.
  • The Sheriff’s Junior Academies for the summer are under review.
  • The Sheriff’s Self Defense Classes are postponed until further notice.
  • The Sheriff’s Community Services programs are postponed until further notice.
  • All volunteer services have been suspended until further notice.
  • All 68A (Vehicle Inspections) have been suspended until further notice.
  • Visitors coming into the Secure Area of the Sheriff’s Office will be restricted.
  • Community members are encouraged to call-in where possible instead of coming to the Sheriff’s Office.

Jail/Corrections:

  • Enhanced medical screening will continue for prisoners and will be extended to Peace Officers, Attorneys and all staff entering the facility
  • Medical Staff will assess all incoming arrestees specifically for COVID-19 in the Sally Port. If the arrestee is showing symptoms of the virus, the arresting officer will be redirected to take the arrestee to a hospital. The arrestee will not be accepted in the jail until he/she has been cleared by a doctor.
  • Pursuant to a recommendation from Texas Commission on Jail Standards, all face-to-face visits for inmates have been cancelled until further notice except for attorney visits.

Access to the Jail will be limited to persons with a legitimate law enforcement purpose.

Sheriff Chody Offers Junior Deputy Academy for Summer 2018

  • 3 May 2018
  • Author: bawassink
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The Williamson County Sheriff’s Office is looking for young people 9 -14 years old that reside in Williamson County and have an interest in law enforcement. The junior cadets will investigate mock crime scenes, collect evidence, tour the sheriff’s office and county jail, obtain Stop the Bleed training and will get hands-on experience with advanced tactical equipment and self-defense techniques.

Four sessions will be offered during the summer.

Drop off times are between 7:30 am to 8:30 am in front of the Sheriff’s Office located at:

508 Rock St., Georgetown, TX. 78626. Pick up time is 5:00 pm.

Each session is limited to 25 students and applications will be taken on a first come first serve basis. There is no cost for the program, but students will need to bring their lunch each day. A refillable water bottle is also recommended.

For more information about the program and to fill out your child’s application and release form please visit:  https://www.wilco.org/Elected-Officials/Sheriffs-Office/Community-Liaison

All applications must be delivered or mailed to the sheriff’s office no later than May 25.

Cold Case Update: Rachel Louise Cooke

  • 12 April 2018
  • Author: bawassink
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Williamson County Sheriff Robert Chody will provide an update on the progress of the Rachel Cooke case. Sheriff  Chody will be at the following location to give brief comments.

Who: Williamson County Sheriff Robert Chody

When: Friday, April 13, 2018 at 8:30 a.m.

Where: Impound Yard – 301 SE Inner Loop Ste. 107, Georgetown, TX 748626

There will be a staging area for media.

The FBI and Williamson County Sheriff’s Office asks individuals having any information regarding Rachel Louise Cooke to call 1-800-CALL-FBI (1-800-225-5324) or submit a tip online at tips.fbi.com

WilCo Deputies Execute Search Warrant, Five arrested

  • 5 April 2018
  • Author: bawassink
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On April 4 at approximately 7:30 a.m., The Williamson County Sheriff’s Organized Crime Division, Criminal Investigations Unit, and the STAR team served a search warrant at the 7700 block of O'Connor Drive in Round Rock.

During the search warrant, five individuals were detained.

Torin Williams 

Alexa Bonilla 

Meghan Fitzpatrick

Taylor Campbell 

Spenser Allison 

Deputies located:

  • 2.6 lbs of marijuana
  • 1.2 Kilograms of various THC derivatives
  • 4 grams of Xanax
  • Two tabs of LSD
  • 1 Stolen pistol and over 100 rounds of ammunition
  • Cash

Deputies executed the search warrant without incident.

Man Charged with five counts of Child Pornography

  • 29 March 2018
  • Author: bawassink
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On March 26, detectives with the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office began an investigation on William Henry Burtle for possession of child pornography after receiving a tip that he was in possession of child pornography images. Burtle admitted to having these images on his phone.

On March 28, Burtle was arrested without incident, booked into the Williamson County Jail and charged with five counts of Possession of Child Pornography, a third-degree felony.

Detectives found at least eight images of child pornography on Burtle’s phone.

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