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Law Enforcement Recruitment

Physical Abilities Exam Requirements

  1. Physical testing will include a construct physical abilities test following Cooper Institute which is an established verifiable organization that has thoroughly researched the relationships of physical testing as it relates to law enforcement. 
  2. Percentile minimums may not be established lower than the 30th % utilizing Cooper Standards as a guideline.
  3. The Cooper Standard Law Enforcement Specific cut point accurately measures the underlining fitness areas:

    • Sit ups: 27 in one minute
    • 1.5 mile run: 17:09 minutes
    • Pushups: 22 in one minute
    • 300 meter run: 72.6 seconds

Training

The Professional Standards Unit was created to provide programs for deputy sheriffs and corrections officers to assure optimum performance, effectiveness, and departmental productivity as Williamson County Officers. Additionally, the unit has the responsibility of developing hiring and promotional criteria to ensure new employees the highest probability of success. The unit is also charged with the responsibility of developing a comprehensive training program that perpetuates maximum effectiveness and efficiency. These programs include, but not limited to, addressing the physical, intellectual, emotional, legal and ethical demands imposed upon Sheriff's Office personnel.

Training today’s professional law enforcement officer has often been cited as the most important responsibility of any law enforcement agency. With this in mind, the Training Division is committed to providing the most comprehensive and advanced Law Enforcement curriculum available. The philosophy of the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office accentuates all aspects of training to produce well trained, professional Law Enforcement officers to better serve our community. Proper training provides personnel with the most important tools of their career, providing the ability to act decisively and correctly in a wide spectrum of situations.

  • The Training Division's goal is to provide proactive job specific training that will:
  • Improve job performance and proficiency through effective and efficient training 
  • Meet or exceed all of TCLEOSE training standards and requirements
  • Improve the training quality by training with organizational goals in mind
  • Insure the department’s philosophy and mandates are clearly understood 

The function of the Training Division is to provide and coordinate the training for all personnel. This training includes, but is not limited to:

  • Recruit Training
  • In-Service training
  • Firearms training
  • Specialized training
  • Provide training to outside agencies

If you have questions, please email recruitment@wilco.org or call 512-943-1352

Dive Team



Honor Guard

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.


K9 Unit

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.


Narcotics

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.

Helpful Information

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.

CIT

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. Hobby Smith - 512-943-5256
  • For Non-Emergencies After Hours -  512-864-8282