Ruiz Building - 5555 Airport Blvd, Austin, TX 78751 (Map)      
TCSOCommunityOutreach@traviscountytx.gov
(512) 854-7786 

 

The TCSO Community Outreach Unit is committed to fostering positive partnerships between the Sheriff’s Office and the communities we serve. We believe “Unity with the Community” is the foundation of Community Policing. It is imperative to invest in the lives of young people, put an end to the “school-to-prison pipeline,” protect the safety and dignity of our senior citizens and those with mental illness, and ensure the safety of all neighborhoods.

 

Back to School Safety

Backpack Safety

  • Backpacks that are too heavy can cause a lot of problems for kids, like back and shoulder pain, and poor posture.
  • Choose a backpack with wide, padded shoulder straps and a padded back.
  • Pack light and pack heavier items closest to the center of the back. The backpack should never weigh more than 10% to 20% of your child's body weight.
  • Go through the pack with your child weekly, and remove unneeded items.
  • Remind your child to always use both shoulder straps. Slinging a backpack over one shoulder can strain muscles.
  • Adjust the pack so that the bottom sits at your child's waist.

Bike Safety

Before your child heads out on their bike, make sure both of you understand the "rules of the road". You can find out more by reading our RoadShare bike safety brochure!

  • Practice the bike route to school before the first day of school to make sure your child can manage it.
  • Your child should always wear a proper fitting bicycle helmet, no matter how short or long the ride.
  • Ride on the right, in the same direction as auto traffic and ride in bike lanes if they are present.
  • Use appropriate hand signals.
  • Respect traffic lights and stop signs.
  • Wear bright-colored clothing to increase visibility. White or light-colored clothing and reflective gear is especially important after dark.

Bullying

Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. It can happen at school, on the playground, on the school bus, in the neighborhood, over the Internet, or through mobile devices like cell phones. Find out more by reading our Bullying Brochure!

  • Both boys and girls bully. Boys bully more often and are more likely to experience physical bullying. Girls are more likely to experience emotional bullying and sexual harassment.
  • Social bullying, sometimes referred to as relational bullying, involves hurting someone’s reputation or relationships.
  • Physical bullying involves hurting a person’s body or possessions.

Car Safety

It is important that everyone knows the basics regarding car safety, from parents driving children to teenagers driving alone for the first time. To learn more about using and choosing the appropriate car seat, please read our Child Car Seat Brochure!

  • All passengers should wear a seat belt or use an age- and size-appropriate car seat or booster seat.
  • All children younger than 13 years of age should ride in the rear seat of vehicles due to air bag dangers.
  • Do not allow eating, drinking, cell phone conversations even when using hands-free devices or speakerphone, texting or other mobile device use to prevent driver distraction for yourself or teenage driver.
  • Many crashes occur while novice teen drivers are going to and from school. You should require seat belt use, limit the number of teen passengers. Find more teen driving tips HERE.

Latchkey Kids

Latchkey kids are children who are left home alone after school. Although Texas does not have a legal age that children can be left at home, most experts recommend that children under 12 should not be left at home. Learn more by reading our Latchkey Kids brochure!

  • Set rules, expectations, and proper safety guidelines for children alone at home after school.
  • Have emergency contact information readily available.
  • Have a fire escape plan and plans for other emergencies.
  • Have a first aid kit and all necessities readily available (food, water, et cetera).
  • Lock up anything that is dangerous or needs to be kept away, including alcohol, firearms, poisonous or flammable materials.
  • Kids should take a designated route home from school and they should understand the dangers of taking short cuts through wooded areas, unpopulated areas, etc.
  • Children should not carry keys in a visible place such as hanging off of their neck. Keys tip bad guys off that the child is home alone.

Programs

Home Safety Programs

Burglary Prevention

Learn how to keep your home and property from being the target of thieves. During this presentation, citizens will be provided with informative tips and simple steps they can take to improve the security of their homes and personal property.

Crime Statistics

Crime Statistics for your neighborhood can be provided to you by your sector. To determine what sector you reside in, please view map. If you reside in Baker or Charlie sectors, contact the East Command (512) 854-9721 or if you reside in Adam or David sectors, contact West Command (512) 854-9728.

Home Security Surveys

No home is burglar proof if a professional burglar targets your home. Upon request, certified crime prevention inspectors provide security surveys as a public service. These surveys are intended to provide basic security precautions.

National Night Out

Each year, TCSO and neighborhood watch groups team up with National Night Out. Known as “Americas Night Out Against Crime,” a unique crime and drug prevention event sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch.

Neighborhood Watch Program

The Neighborhood Watch Program brings citizens in a community together for the reduction of crime in their area, increasing citizen awareness through education and participation. A block captain should be selected to act as the liaison between the block group and the TCSO. For more information.

Law Enforcement Programs

Citizens' Academy/Alumni

Provides citizens with a working knowledge of the criminal justice system as it works in Travis County. The program increases awareness about the TCSO and improves community rapport. You can also visit the Citizens' Academy Alumni Association website at www.tcscaaa.org.

Citizens On Patrol Services (COPS)

Dedicated volunteers are organized to serve as the eyes and ears of the Sheriff's Office. Each COPS volunteer has successfully completed the Citizens' Academy, as well as completed the COPS field training program.

Explorers Post No. 1099

Weekly classes for those between 14-20 years of age, which provides hands-on practical training to develop a greater understanding about criminal justice and the role played by the Sheriff's Office. View brochure for more information.

Personal Safety

Domestic Violence Outreach

The Travis County Sheriff's Office participates in events and programs that advocate against domestic violence. You can find out more information about past events and upcoming awareness and fund raising campaigns HERE.

Gun Safety

TCSO participates in the nationwide program, Project Child Safe, to help ensure safe and responsible firearms ownership and storage. The Sheriff's Office provides a cable-style gun lock. 

Youth Safety

Bullying Prevention

TCSO is a chapter of the national Student’s Against Violence Everywhere (SAVE) organization. We provide presentations aimed at decreasing the potential for violence by educating students on ways they can ensure their own personal safety and prevent crime.

Child ID

Child ID Events are provided to obtain fingerprints of your child for you to keep in the event your child is missing. For information regarding upcoming events or to schedule an event.

Stranger Danger

Children learn what a stranger is, why they shouldn't talk to a stranger and what steps they can take to prevent abduction.

Informational Brochures

Helpful Links

2-1-1 - Finding Help in Texas

Austin 3-1-1 - Austin 3-1-1 offers residents and visitors one easy-to-remember number to contact the City of Austin.

Travis County Texas Government – Helpful Numbers

Travis County Sheriff's Officers Association

Travis County Sheriff's Law Enforcement Association

Sheriff's Memorial & Benevolent Society of Travis County, Inc.

Car Seat Information

CAPCOG Emergency Notification

 
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