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Building Bridges

Building Bridges: A Travis County Sheriff's Office Program

BRINGING A CULTURALLY DIVERSE COMMUNITY TOGETHER TO BUILD NEW RELATIONSHIPS AND SEEK COLLABORATIVE SOLUTIONS THAT ADDRESS PUBLIC SAFETY ISSUES.

We proudly serve one of the fastest growing, diverse counties in the nation. We strive to foster honesty and protect the rights of all. Open communication produces new ideas that propel us forward and Building Bridges was created with that in mind.

This program forges bonds between law enforcement, organizations, businesses, educators, churches and neighborhoods through meaningful conversations. Monthly Town Hall meetings encourage positive interaction. We listen to the concerns and ideas of Travis County residents and offer information about crime prevention, case updates, policies and procedures, racial profiling reports, health and safety, and much more. Local media is invited to be in attendance.

Town Hall presentations are hosted by TCSO and also include the Austin Police Department, Austin Community College and the Austin Independent School District on a rotating basis.

Friday Community Dialogues are facilitated by Building Bridges Chairman Flynn Lee. He works closely with our community partners to ensure the information presented is timely and provides residents with opportunities to learn about and discuss relevant topics and issues. The dialogues are also presented with special thanks to Nelson Linder, President of the Austin NAACP.

Where We Stand on Injustice & Racism

"We, the men and women of the Travis County Sheriff’s Office, stand in solidarity with our citizens of Travis County, our fellow Texans, and people around the world, grieving the pain and loss stemming from systemic racism and injustice.

As officers of the law, we entered our profession to serve and protect our communities. We maintain our commitment to serve with compassion, fairness and integrity. As we observe the pain of communities who have lost loved ones, we commit to a process of healing that includes action. We recognize that law enforcement needs to do more to better understand and improve our processes, and to ensure everyone is given equal treatment under the law – and without bias.

Our primary concern is public safety for all, and we are committed to a peaceful path forward, with swift action and lasting change. It is evident that many feel peaceful attempts of the past have been for nothing and without impact.

We, as a law enforcement agency, stand together with the hope of uniting our community and building a city and county that promotes justice and equality."

- Sheriff Sally I. Hernandez

TCSO To Serve and Protect

The #8CANTWAIT campaign is dedicated to bringing “immediate change to police departments.” The project calls for law enforcement to commit to more restrictive use of force policies.

Please review our TCSO To Serve and Protect publication below to take a look at where we stand on each of the recommended policies.

TCSO TO SERVE AND PROTECT

Due to COVID-19, Building Bridges in-person meetings have been postponed. 

Town Hall Meetings

Monthly Town Hall Meetings occur every first Saturday of the month from 1:30 - 3:00pm. The following community partners host a Town Hall every quarter:

  • Travis County Sheriff's Office - January, May & September
  • Austin Police Department - February, June & October
  • Austin Independent School District - March, July & November
  • Austin Community College - April, August & December

Locations vary due to the revolving presenters.

Friday Community Dialogues

The TCSO Community Outreach invites you to join us for a virtual presentation and dialogue:

How to Get Fast Training at Austin Community College for Good Jobs presented by Dr. Hector Aguilar, Austin Community College Dean of Continuing Education

Friday, May 21st from 9:00 - 10:00 am

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 947 2030 3239
Passcode: 789784

 

For additional information or if your organization is interested in presenting at the Friday Community Dialogue Meetings, please email the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

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