Administrative Services consists of the following departments:
- Crime Scene
- Data Entry
- Records and Open Records
- Human Resources
- Victim Assistance Unit
- Accreditation units
- Communications Liaison
This unit is also responsible for -
- Criminal Justice Reporting to the Texas Department of Public Safety
- IBR reporting to the Texas Department of Public Safety
- Performing records searches for other law enforcement agencies
- Conducting reference checks for purposes of employment and/or military inquiries, or as requested by other law enforcement agencies
- Providing character letters for hunters and for persons attempting to adopt a child
- Fingerprinting the public for reasons of employment, adoption, out-of-state handgun licenses, Visa's, liquor licenses, Lottery Commission, etc.
Hours 8:30 - 11:00 am & 2:30 - 4:00 pm, M-F.
No appointment needed.
FBI or DPS cards are available at request. (You need to know which card you need.)
Cards are $5.00 each.
We accept exact cash, checks or credit cards (fee of approximately $0.11 per card)
Open Records Request Form
The Animal Control Unit is comprised of civilian employed officers who are responsible for the enforcement of local regulations and state law in Williamson County. The Animal Control Unit’s primary duty is to protect the health and safety of the community by investigating reports of exposure to high-risk rabies suspects (bats, foxes, skunks, raccoons, and coyotes) as well as situations where a dog or cat has bitten or scratched a human. Other responsibilities of Animal Control include responding to citizen complaints, conducting investigations, gathering information, educating the public, and, if needed, issuing citations for violations of local ordinances and State law. They investigate cases of abuse, cruelty, and/or neglect for non-livestock animals. Animals impounded by Animal Control are transported to the Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter and held until the owner can reclaim their pet or until the pet can be put up for adoption. Williamson County Animal Control can be reached at 512-864-8282, option 1 twice. You can read the ordinance here.
The Criminal Investigations Division is a specialized and highly trained force of detectives committed to investigating crimes against citizens of Williamson County. This division includes:
Special Victims Unit
General Crimes Unit
Organized Crime Unit
Sex Offender Compliance
FBI/Joint Terrorism and Violent Crimes
DEA Task Force
Crime Analyst Unit
Phone number: 512-943-1300 or 512-943-1313
The Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) consists of highly trained Sheriff’s Office law enforcement officers that provide crisis intervention assistance to the citizens of Williamson County.
The Crisis Intervention Team offers assistance to those suffering from emotional and psychological issues and assists them in obtaining the appropriate social service available to their specific need. The Crisis Intervention Team is also tasked with performing follow-up checks when deemed necessary.
The Crisis Intervention Team is structured to assist citizens by providing professional and immediate assistance in obtaining proper care and assistance. Each member of the crisis team is licensed by the State of Texas with specific training in mental health, crisis intervention, first aid, CPR and are licensed Peace Officers with the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office.
This service is offered to the citizens of Williamson County 24 hours a day.
Sheriff Chody and his staff are committed to the citizens of Williamson County. Their guidance and commitment to the Crisis Intervention Team brings this valued service to the community.
To Reach a Crisis Intervention Team Member
- For Emergencies - Call 911 for assistance
- For Non-Emergencies Monday - Friday 8:00am to 5:00pm - contact numbers or emails are:
- Lt. Golmon
- Division Commander Wright - 512-943-1624
- For Non-Emergencies After Hours - 512-864-8282
Crisis Intervention Team (CIT): A group of specially trained officers that respond to persons in mental crisis. The officers are licensed peace officers with a minimum of two years of Law Enforcement experience, who have successfully completed the TCOLE Mental Health Certification course. Team members are also cross-trained in crisis negotiations.
Mental Illness: an illness, disease or condition other than epilepsy, senility, alcoholism or mental deficiency that substantially impairs a person's thoughts, perception of reality, emotional process, judgment, or grossly impairs behaviors demonstrated by recent disturbed behavior.
Mental Retardation: a significantly sub-average intellectual function that is concurrent with deficits in adaptive behavior, originating during the developmental period.
Emergency Detention: Texas Health and Safety Code 573.001 gives a licensed peace officer the authority to apprehend a person without a warrant when the following criteria are met:
- The Officer has reason to believe, and does believe, that the person is mentally ill and;
- Due to that mental illness there is a substantial risk of imminent danger to themselves or others unless the person is immediately restrained and;
- The officer believes there is not sufficient time to obtain a warrant before taking a person into custody.
Mental Health Consumer: a person that is suffering from a mental illness and is in need of intervention to assist them in obtaining services.
Residential/Business Alarm Permits
508 S. Rock St., Georgetown, TX 78626
(512) 943-1340 FAX (512) 943-1444
ABOUT THE LAW REQUIRING AN ALARM PERMIT:
The law was adopted by the County Commissioners in September, 1991. It is a part of the effort to educate the public about the responsible use of a security system and to reduce the number of false alarms occurring in the County. Currently, false alarms average 300 per month county wide.
The False Alarm Reduction Unit (FARU) was created to administer the County’s security system law. The FARU’s main function is to reduce the number of false alarms to which officers, fire, and emergency medical respond each year. The FARU registers alarm users, bills for excessive false alarms, and handles informal appeal hearings regarding the revocation of alarm permits.
When a security system is properly installed and maintained, and the users are properly trained, it can give peace of mind to the users. When any one of these elements is missing, the results are quite different. These calls result in many unnecessary calls for service and take officers from pro-active police work. They become very expensive for the Sheriffs Office and eventually add extra cost to the user of an alarm system through fines for excessive false alarms.
With the alarm companies, the user of the alarm system, and the Alarm Unit working together, we can significantly reduce the number of false alarms. We will all be winners.
Failure to comply with the alarm law is a Class C Misdemeanor offense and can result in a fine of not less than $75.00 and not more than $500.00 for each and every violation\activation of a security system without an alarm permit.
Georgetown PD, Alarm Unit
Contact: Betty Jo Patterson
Hutto PD, Alarm Unit
Contact: Edna Vela or David Stripling
Leander PD, Alarm Unit
Please click here for more information
WHO NEEDS AN ALARM PERMIT?
Any home or business located in Williamson County, and outside the city limits of any incorporated city, is required to purchase an alarm permit (register) each system you own and operate. This is required regardless of whether or not your security system is monitored. Download an application You can email your completed application to Angelica Lopez or fax it to 512-943-1444.
Currently, if you live within the incorporated city limits of the city of Hutto or the city of Leander, you will need to purchase an alarm permit with that city’s alarm unit of their police department.
ALARM OPERATION TIPS If you accidentally activate your alarm
Try to contact the alarm company immediately, if they do not contact you. If you cannot recite the property’s password or code over the phone to the alarm operator, the police will be dispatched! It is recommended that you wait for the officers’ arrival in front of the property in plain view. Remember that the responding officers probably do not know who you are, so be prepared to offer some form of identification to establish your legal presence on the property in question.
In the case of accidental activation of a robbery or takeover (ambush) alarm, be aware that the responding officers must assume the worst…And the worst for them is the presence of armed suspects on the property. The alarm company will not call you to verify this type of alarm. You may receive a telephone call from the sheriffs office dispatch. It is essential that you do exactly as you are told.
Responding to alarm calls is serious business for officers. Every year, nationwide, officers are killed while responding to these types of calls. Until proven otherwise, we must assume that we are dealing with a crime in progress. Keep this in mind when you accidentally activate your alarm.
“CONSUMER GUIDE TO PURCHASING AN ALARM SYSTEM”
Check it out if you have not already purchased a system.
This is a useful publication from False Alarm Reduction Association (FARA). The article is geared to assist anyone thinking about purchasing an alarm system. It points out things to consider in your decision. There are questions to ask each company you interview, and charts to record the answers for future reference and comparison.
All alarm companies are not created equal. You as the consumer, must do your homework and ask the questions before the contract is signed, just as you would when making any large investment purchase.
PROPERLY INSTALLED, MAINTAINED, AND OPERATED ALARM SYSTEMS DO NOT GENERATE FALSE ALARMS.
Consider the fact, when you purchase an alarm system, you also assume a large number of responsibilities and duties. The use of an alarm system involves a lot of other people, outside your home.
Many useful documents can be accessed through the False Alarm Reduction Association (FARA) website. Click on the Consumer Tips button.
Currently, there are seven (7) Consumer Guides and fourteen (14) Consumer Bulletin, all recently updated with the most current information.
HOME SECURITY GUIDES
The FARA site also has an excellent Home Security Guide. This comprehensive guide will help you analyze your home, yard, and lifestyle and offer you tips on how to best protect your home and your loved ones.
Another good site for security information is www.houseandhome.msn.com
Type the words: “home security” in the search area. Then choose from a long list of useful articles, one of which is the “Home & Safety Center”. Under this section is a “Home Security Guide” and numerous other safety articles for your home and lifestyle
HOME COMPUTER SECURITY
A good site for home computer security is https://www.us-cert.gov/Home-Network-Security, then click on Home Security Security and follow the links.
FALSE ALARM PREVENTION TIPS
The NBFFA (National Burglary & Fire Alarms Association) website, has a False Alarm Prevention Guide that can be useful to persons who may be having problems with false alarms.
How do I get an application/permit?
Download a copy of the application for permit. Complete it fully, and return it with the required fee to the address on the bottom of the form. You may also call the Alarm Unit at (512)-943-1340 and an application can be emailed, faxed or mailed via USPS, to you. You may stop by the Sheriffs Office and pick up an application. Your alarm permit will be returned to you in the mail. You do not have to post it in a front window, just know where it is in the event you must show proof of permit.
How much does a permit cost?
Permits cost $25.00 for two years and is renewed every other year. A renewal notice is mailed 30 days prior to the permit expiring.
How many false alarms are allowed before I am fined and how much is the fine?
Five free false alarms are allowed in a one-year period. The one-year period begins at the time you have your first false alarm. All others are billed at the rate of $75.00 each, until the one-year period ends. You then begin a second period with another five free false alarms, and the process continues. Your alarm permit can be revoked for non-payment of assessed fines or have more than nine fake alarms in a one year period.
If I move or sell my house or business, what do I do?
Contact the Alarm Unit of the Sheriffs Office at (512) 943-1340 and tell the administrator the date you will vacate the premises, your new address, and provide the name of the new owner. Be certain you call your alarm company and have the system cut off and removed from your name.
Can I leave my alarm permit for the new owner\occupant?
No. The permit is not transferable to another person or address. It must be cancelled and the new owner\occupant must purchase a permit in their name.
What do I do when I go on vacation, or I am going to be away from home for an extended period of time?
First, call your alarm company and tell them the dates you will be gone and the name of the person you are leaving in charge of your home. Provide them with all the telephone numbers where that person can be reached. Be sure the person is fully trained on the use of your system and knows the codes to cut off and reset your alarm system.
How long can an alarm system sound before I am fined?
Every alarm system must have a 30-minute shut-off feature.
What is the procedure for apartment complexes with security systems pre-wired in each unit?
First, the lease manager or owner of the apartments must purchase a permit for the lease office and common areas. Each occupant who desires to use the security system in their individually leased unit must first purchase a security (alarm) permit. You are subject to all the same rules and responsibilities as a homeowner.
What is a false alarm?
According to the Williamson County Resolution, a false alarm is any officer response call to your home and the officer finds no evidence or situation requiring law enforcement, fire, or medical emergency response personnel. There is no evidence of an attempted crime, crime in progress, or crime that has just occurred. There is no fire. No one needs medical attention. It does not matter what caused the signal or who caused the alarm to occur.
A false alarm can be caused by numerous things. Examples are:
- Visitors, real estate agents, contractors, cleaning crews, or simple error
- Doors and windows left ajar or unlocked
- Animals inside the premises and the sensors are too low or too sensitive
- Mail dropped through a mail-drop slot
- Power outages coupled with improper battery back-up system
- Telephone line problems
- Overly-sensitive system that activates when persons rattle a door or window
- Drapes or balloons blowing in the breeze or air conditioner vent
- Errors by alarm monitoring service
The Williamson County Sheriff’s Office K9 Unit consists of one Sergeant, eight Deputies and nine canine partners. The dogs are Belgian Malinois, German Shepherds and a Lab/Pointer mix that was rescued from the Williamson County Reginal Animal Shelter. Each dog is chosen for their high drive and constant willingness to work. The dogs are trained/certified in criminal apprehension, handler protection, tracking, narcotics detection and explosive detection. Each K9 Deputy of this unit has many years of experience as a dog handler and their combined efforts have contributed to the seizure and/or location of numerous fleeing suspects, missing persons, large amounts of narcotics, and drug currency over the years.
The Williamson County Sheriff's Office has two deputies specifically assigned to livestock issues around the county.
Deputy Joe Worsham
Deputy Johnathan Kidwell
The Sheriff’s Office is responsible for the loose livestock in the County. These deputies respond to loose livestock complaints. They work to get the animal off the roadway and secured behind fences. Once that is done they investigate where the animal came from so they can return the animal to the proper owner and if need be issue citations. Once in a while they find loose livestock that nobody will claim. In these cases they house them and prepare them for auction. They are trained in animal cruelty investigation involving both domesticated and livestock animals. Cattle theft is still a modern day problem in Texas. These deputies investigate and prepare for prosecution cases related to cattle theft.
The Sheriff's Office has impounded:
Black & White Horned Bull
Approximately 1000 Pounds (2 YOA)
Location: FM 1466/CR 455, Coupland
Solid Red Cow with red calf ( Calf has white spot on face & back two legs)
Estray at Rio Gabriel Dr., Liberty Hill, Texas
Contact Deputy Worsham 512-948-2804
The Williamson County Sheriff’s Office is proud of its “tough on crime” reputation and the dedication of the citizens who support this mission. We are committed to providing the community a safe environment through aggressive narcotics investigations and subsequent prosecution of offenders.
The Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit is responsible for the investigation and suppression of narcotics activities that either occurs within Williamson County or whose illegal activities adversely affect the citizens of Williamson County.
Investigations performed by the Narcotics Unit require various techniques such as surveillance, under-cover operations, information gathering and analysis, and the service of search and arrest warrants.
If you would like to report any activity you believe to be drug related, you can call 512-943-1170 or send an email to [email protected].
The Patrol Division is responsible for providing public safety and assistance to over 135,000 Williamson County citizens, along with DWI and Traffic Enforcement throughout the entire County. The Patrol Division Commander Nicholas Wright and Specialized Units are based out of the Headquarters Office located in Georgetown, Texas. To better assist the citizens of Williamson County, the Sheriff’s Office also operates two additional substations on the West and East side of the county. Commander Deaton may be reached by calling the Office Specialist at 512-943-1624 during regular business hours, Monday through Friday.
Traffic Unit Page
State UAV Report
Do you have a traffic problem in your area that needs special attention? Click here to Email our Traffic Supervisor (speeding, school zone, etc)
What is the Office of Professional Standards?
The Williamson County Sheriff's Office maintains a separate unit for receiving and investigating complaints from citizens against Sheriff's Deputies, Corrections Personnel, and Civilian Employees. The Office of Professional Standars is a separate unit, which reports directly to the Sheriff and his Executive Staff of Bureau Chiefs. It is a fact-finding entity and its purpose is three-fold:
1. Protecting the Public: The public has the right to receive fair, efficient, and impartial Law Enforcement. Any misconduct by Sheriffs Office personnel must first be detected, then thoroughly investigated and finally, properly adjudicated to assure the maintenance of these qualities.
2. Protecting of the Sheriff's Office: The Sheriff's Office is often evaluated and judged by the conduct of its individual employees. It is imperative
that the whole organization not be criticized because of the misconduct of a few. An informed public must have confidence that its Sheriff's Office honestly and fairly investigates and adjudicates all allegations of misconduct against its employees.
3. Protecting the Employee: Employees must be protected against false or misinformed allegations of misconduct. This can only be accomplished through a consistently thorough investigative process. Sworn statements submitted to the Internal Affairs Section are notarized and treated in the same manner as testimony in a court of law. Therefore, Aggravated Perjury statutes apply. However, the Internal Affairs Section will investigate any complaint regardless of how it is received.
How do I contact the Office of Professional Standards?
The Office of Professional Standards is located in the Headquarters Building of the Sheriff's Office located at 508 S. Rock St., Georgetown, TX 78626. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Phone messages can be left anytime after hours and will be promptly returned the next business day at (512) 943-1360.
Contact may also be made by filling out a Quality Assurance Forms, or from any uniformed deputy, supervisor, or Administrative Assistant.
How do I commend an officer?
Everyone likes a pat on the back when they do a good job. Williamson County Sheriff's Office employees are no different. Each year, the Sheriff's Office receives numerous employee commendations from the public, but for each one we receive, there are twice as many commendable acts that go unnoticed.
When you receive service from the Sheriff's Office that you feel is worthy of commendation, we would like to hear about it. Call the employee's supervisor [if you know it] or the Office of Professional Standards (512) 943-1329, (512) 943-1335. Or simply fill out the Quality Assurance Form found on this site and mail it in or drop it off to any Sheriff's Office employee. Please include the information you can remember such as the employee's name, the address, date, or any other circumstances about the incident. The employee will be notified of your commendation as will his/her supervisor. A copy of your commendation will also be placed in his/her employee file.
Please feel free to contact the Office of Professional Standards or a Patrol Supervisor if you should have a specific question or concern.
What happens to my complaint after it is received?
All complaints received by the Sheriff's Office are routed by the severity of the complaint. The most serious types of complaints investigated by the Internal Affairs Section involve allegations such as excessive force, any discharge of firearms, or serious rules violations such as insubordination. Complaints comparatively less serious in nature, such as rude behavior or improper procedure, are forwarded to the individual officer's division for investigation. In every case, the person making the complaint will be notified of the final disposition either by telephone or U.S. Mail.
School Resource Officers
These deputies are responsible for the safety and security of several schools within RRISD. In many cases the school resource deputy is the first police contact most students have. This means they becomes very important in creating a bond between the police and our youth. They interact directly with the students to assure they are attending school in a manner that is safe to them. Each deputy handles any criminal cases that may arise on their campus. They also provide security for after school events like sporting events, band events, or any other events on campus. Each deputy is required to teach instructional classes on their campus to increase their students’ awareness to today’s dangers. Some of these dangers could include drugs usage, DWI driving, bullying, racing cars, or tobacco usage.
Click below to contact the Williamson County Sheriff's school resource officer (SRO) supervisor by email.
Click here to contact us.
This special detail consists of 12 disciplined & motivated law enforcement professionals. These officers, who represent all divisions of the WCSO, dedicate their time and effort to preserve and promote traditional law enforcement standards & values and to represent the Sheriff's Office, the fine citizens of Williamson County Texas, and Sheriff Robert Chody.
The primary responsibility of the Williamson County Sheriff’s Honor Guard is to provide ceremonial representation for law enforcement funerals. They also participate in the annual color guard parade during Law Enforcement Memorial Week. The Honor Guard occasionally posts colors during ceremonies of Law Enforcement functions or at other events when requested by the sheriff as representatives of his office.
All members attend an annual 16-hour training class consisting of 4 hours of classroom instruction and 12 hours of practical instruction. The U.S. military drill and ceremony manuals are referenced for local practice and ceremony, and adaptations are made for traditional Law Enforcement funerals. All members are equally trained so that any person can fill in any position as needed. Members fill positions according to their strength in the area needed.
The Williamson County Sheriffs Office recognizes that a team trained in the tactical aspects of police work can greatly reduce the risk of injuries or death to officers, citizens, or suspects while accomplishing its goal, the resolution of a volatile or potentially dangerous critical incident. It is the goal of the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office Special Weapons and Tactics Team (SWAT) also known as SMT, Special Missions Team, to provide the community a highly motivated, well trained tactical team to assure the community it has an option to bring critical incidents to the safest possible conclusion with the overall goal of saving lives always being in our forethought. The mission of the SWAT Team is to support the department and other public safety entities with a tactical response to certain critical incidents and community problems that are best solved by the application of advanced tactics and planning. The ultimate goal of this application of tactical expertise is to end these critical incidents and resolve these problems with no loss of life or injury to officers, innocent persons or suspects.
This unit is dedicated to assure the streets of Williamson County are safe for citizens to travel daily. This is done through heavy enforcement and high visibility in the unincorporated areas of Williamson County. They do however, assist smaller agencies that do not have the assets to address these needs within their cities. They assist patrol on 9-1-1 calls, but mainly enforce the traffic laws of Texas. They are trained to work crashes ranging from minors to fatalities. They also investigate the leaving the scene crashes. Each deputy is highly trained in DWI detection and they work special holiday task forces to assure impaired drivers are aggressively interdicted. The unit also participates in special events to include, but not limited to; parades, traffic management, school zone speed enforcement, school bus safety programs, Shattered Dreams, rail grade crossing enforcement, Ride 2 Recovery escort, and escorts for fallen officers and soldiers. Within this unit there are deputies who are assigned to motorcycle patrol as well as License and Weight. License and Weight deputies weigh commercial motor vehicles and inspects their registration to assure our roads are safe, and well maintained.
Do you have a traffic related issue within the un-incorporated part of Williamson County? Contact the traffic unit supervisor by email.
Click here to email
If I have a warrant with a city inside the county can I just pay the county?
Williamson County does NOT centralize all warrants. If the offense occurred inside the city limits then it's possible the Police Department may hold the original warrant.
If I have a warrant can I pay here, if not where do I pay it?
The Williamson County Warrant Division does not accept payments on any warrants, however, the Issuing Authority or Williamson County Constables Offices may be able to collect money for those warrants that contain fine amounts.*
How can I figure out if I have a warrant?
A person has a couple options to determine whether or not there is a warrant for their arrest.
- You may go to the Sheriff's Office with a photo ID.
- You can ask your attorney to fax the Sheriff's Office on official letterhead.
The Warrants division is prohibited from giving out any information via email or by phone.