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 Sheriff’s Office K9 Unit consists of six deputies and seven canines. All seven dogs are Belgian Malinois and are chosen for their high drive and constant willingness to work. The dogs are trained/certified in criminal apprehension, handler protection, tracking, and narcotics 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 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.
Crisis Intervention Team: Who We Are
The Crisis Intervention Team responds to emergency calls (Involving Mental Health Patients) in crisis. The team diverts consumers from the Criminal Justice System and connects them with Mental Health Services. The Crisis Intervention Team works along side the Mobile Outreach Team to provide the best consistent care for Williamson County citizens suffering from Mental Illness.
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.
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.
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 are:
- Lt. Craig Gripentrog - 512-943-1347
- Sgt. Frank Saenz - 512-943-1650
- Cmdr. Stephen Deaton - 512-943-1317
- For Non-Emergencies After Hours - 512-864-8282