National EMS Week (05/17-05/23)

May 17-23, 2020, is the 46th annual National EMS (Emergency Medical Services) Week. In 1974, President Gerald Ford authorized EMS Week to celebrate EMS practitioners and the important work they do in our nation’s communities. EMS Week brings together local communities and medical personnel to honor the dedication of those who provide the day-to-day lifesaving services of medicine’s “front line” and is the perfect time to recognize EMS and all that its practitioners do for our nation.

Hays County Sheriff Gary Cutler and the entire Hays County Sheriff’s Office want to thank and recognize all of the EMT’s, Paramedics, and EMS employees in Hays County. We truly have the best of the best!

National Police Week: Heroes Live Forever

Hays County Sheriff Gary Cutler wishes to acknowledge and thank the men and women of the Hays County Sheriff’s Office especially this week, National Police Week 2020. Sheriff Cutler is very proud of the hard and professional work the officers of the Sheriff’s Office demonstrate each and every day.

With the recent line of duty death of San Marcos Police Officer Justin Putnam, the realization that these officers put their life on the line is all too familiar and much too close to home. Officer Putnam is a hero that made the ultimate sacrifice serving and protecting the community of San Marcos.

National Police Week is from May 10 to May 16 this year. In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation which designated May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls as Police Week.

The Memorial Service began in 1982 as a gathering in Senate Park of approximately 120 survivors and supporters of law enforcement. Decades later, the event, more commonly known as National Police Week, has grown to a series of events that attract thousands of survivors and law enforcement officers to our Nation’s Capital each year. Unfortunately, vigils and memorial services that are typically well attended have been scaled back or cancelled this year because of Covid-19. Nonetheless, we hope you will join in remembering the fallen officers during this 2020 National Police Week.

Newest HCCSAAA Information and Sponsorship Letter

Alumni,

These are some truly different times that I am writing this compared to just a few weeks ago. I have waited to send this out because of the drastically changing situation the world is experiencing right now and the constantly changing “rules” that we all have to follow now. None of us has ever gone through anything like this before and I hope and pray that it will end soon and none of you get it.

As far as we as a group are concerned right now, pretty much everything at this point has been indefinitely put on hold and/or canceled.

Thanks to everyone that came out and helped at the motorcycle chute out. It was a huge success and helped get our name and message out to several people.

We were supposed to help out at the next BPOC graduation on April 2 and that has been canceled. They are not even going to have a cake and are doing the graduation in a classroom with very limited people in attendance.

We were supposed to have a spaghetti fundraiser in April and a cheeseburger one in May for the Sunshine Kids(SSK). Those have both been postponed/dare I say canceled.

I had heard (3 weeks ago) that SSK was going to happen even if it was going to just be SSK from our local area/Texas.

I just got word a couple days ago of this…..

As of right now, our 30th Sunshine Kids Texas Hill Country Adventure is still scheduled for June 1-7. Please know that we are considering rescheduling the trip for later this summer. If that decision is made, you will be the first people we reach out to regarding. Please know that this decision will be made with the help of a team of pediatric oncologists AND through consultation with friends in the greater San Marcos community.

New update(yesterday)- We have finally confirmed with Jennifer from SSK that the Hill Country Adventure is still a go. It will more than likely be local kids from within 3 hours of here or possibly just the ATX/SA area. It may be postponed until August even. We have to see when this pandemic ends as well as when the hotel will be available for them.
So as far as getting sponsors for the kids, please go ahead with this and reach out to anyone you can think of that would like to sponsor a kid this year. We have a new sponsorship letter this year (attached) that has been run up the chain and approved by the Sheriff’s Office. Please know that YOU can be a sponsor as well.

I’m sorry I don’t have more definite answers for lots of things right now. I will send out more updates on things as I am given them. For now, our April meeting is also canceled.

Also, just FYI, the next Citizens Sheriff’s Academy had already been previously canceled, but it would have been anyways with this pandemic. So we will not be having a graduation in May for our potential new members. Hopefully the class will eventually be rescheduled.

Y’all, please practice social distancing and stay healthy. Looking forward to when we can meet as a group again.

If you need anything, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

Andy Hentschke
830-278-0420
HCCSAAA.org

Link to Sunshine Kids Sponsorship Letter (.PDF)

HCSO Accepting Applications for 2020 Citizens Sheriff’s Academy

2020 Citizens Sheriff’s Academy

Sheriff Gary Cutler is pleased to announce the Hays County Sheriff’s Office Citizens Academy is now accepting applications for the 2020 class. The course will start on March 5, 2020. The Hays County Sheriff’s Office Citizens Academy is a 45 hour program designed to give the citizens of Hays County a working knowledge of the Hays County Sheriff’s Office and the criminal justice system. This free program includes 12 weeks of instruction by Hays County Sheriff’s Office staff and other guest speakers. Classes are held on Thursdays from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM.

Class size is limited to 25 people per class so it is important to get your application in early. Applications may be obtained in person at the Sheriff’s Office, by emailing Deputy Stephen Traeger at stephen.traeger@co.hays.tx.us, or by downloading the application from our website, http://www.co.hays.tx.us/sheriff.aspx Applications must be received on or before February 21, 2020.

Applicants must be at least eighteen (18) years of age and either reside, or work in Hays County. Those persons with felony convictions, or who are currently on parole, probation, or anyone who has been convicted for any offense involving moral turpitude are not eligible to attend.

Volunteer Opportunity: Government Center Security Scenarios 2020

Hays County Government Center
712 S Stagecoach Trail
San Marcos, TX 78666

Monday, February 10th, 2020 – 6:00p to 10:00p
Tuesday, February 11th, 2020 – 6:00p to 10:00p
(Either night or both nights)

Security Training Scenarios at the Government Center. The officers will use all their skills to resolve situations in multiple ways. The scenarios will include some force on force type training in the screening station, detention area, offices and the courtrooms.

Volunteers will be using red knifes and simulated firearms in some scenarios.

Not all scenarios should involve actual force being used.

Reminders:

1. Do not bring knives or weapons.

2. Everyone is encouraged to eat before or bring snacks/drinks with them.

Please review the available slots below and click on the button to sign up.

Thank you! Sergeant Jeff Jordan

Link to Sign Up

 

Volunteer Opportunity: HCSO SWAT Exercise

Hays County SWAT Leader Sergeant Wasko is looking for role players for Hostage Rescue training on Fri., Oct 4th. The scenario starts at 5:00a and will last until 10:00a. Participants will be provided food and drinks as of the operation.

Location and contact information is coming. If you are interested and available, please contact Wayne Kendrick (whkendri@gmail.com).

HCSO Junior Deputy Academy

Dripping Springs: June 11 through June 13
Dripping Springs Middle School, 111 Tiger Ln. Dripping Springs, TX 78620
APPLICATION DEADLINE: JUNE 5, 2019

Kyle: July 16 through July 18
Lehman High School, 1700 Lehman Rd. Kyle, TX 78640
APPLICATION DEADLINE: JULY 10, 2018

There are a limited number of seats available and applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Members of the Sheriff’s Office will introduce the cadets to various functions of law enforcement including patrol, SWAT, crisis negotiation, criminal investigations, crime scene, K9 unit, and community services. Other first responders such as Fire Department and Emergency Medical Services will also be on hand to demonstrate their services and related equipment. Other presentations will be made by the Greater San Marcos Youth Council and Pedernales Electric Cooperative who will present a segment on electrical safety. The cadets will tour a local fire station and become familiar with apparatus used by different emergency agencies.

At the completion of the Academy, the Cadets will have a special graduation ceremony on the last day in which everyone is invited to attend.

The Junior Deputy Academy is open to all children between the ages of 8-10 who reside in Hays County. Applications are available on our Sheriff’s Office website: https://hayscountytx.com/law-enforcement/sheriff/, The Sheriff’s Office Facebook page, or may be obtained by contacting Irene Hernandez by email: irene.hernandez@co.hays.tx.us or Deputy Mark Andrews by email: mark.andrews@co.hays.tx.us or by calling 512-393-7373.

Volunteer Opportunities

Alumni,

The Exec has worked with the Sheriff’s Community Outreach office (Mark Andrews) over the last several years to build the Alumni membership. With more members, we can meet our objective for providing support to the Sheriff’s Office. In order to achieve our goal, we requested interesting speakers and topics for our monthly meetings and more volunteer opportunities for the Alumni Association. 

If you missed our meeting this week, Mark invited Captain Julie Villalpando, from the CORRECTIONS Bureau of the Sheriff’s Department. She thanked the Alumni for the support and said she had several up-coming events that needed our participation. Here are 3 of them.

1. Promotions ceremony at the Government Center is scheduled for Tuesday, March 26th at 2 pm. Request 2-3 Alumni. Arrive @ 1:30. Set up the cake table, pass out programs and serve cake and punch.

This event will be a formal event and will require an Alumni polo or business casual.

Sheriff’s Promotion Ceremony Sign Up Link

2. Basic Peace Officer Graduation at San Marcos Academy (Ranch Road 12), Thursday, April 4th. Request 8 Alumni. Arrive at 4:00pm. Three Teams: Setup 4:30-6:00pm / Serve Cake 6:30-8:00pm (2); Traffic Direction 4:30-6:30pm (4); And Parking Attendants 4:30-6:30pm to monitor lot during ceremony and direct traffic exit routing (2).

This event will be a formal event and will require an Alumni polo or business casual.

Note: Sign Up Link to be provided.

3. Corrections Officer Week / LE Appreciation Week will be held at the Sheriff’s Office on May 7th and May 8th. Request 8 Alumni. Two members for each day and time slot. Arrive at 10:30 for lunch and 4:30 for dinner. Food served between 11:30-12:30 for day shift personnel and then again between 5:30-6:30 pm for the night shift. Need help setting up and serving. If they want to bring cookies or brownies to that would be nice. If not, no worries we will purchase.

This event is casual and won’t require a dress code. 

Note: Sign Up Link to be provided.

As a reminder: these volunteer opportunities are for current members of the Alumni Association only. Dues are still $12 for 2019.

Email if you have any questions.–

Wayne Kendrick, HCCSAAA President
whkendri@gmail.com

2019 Hays County Citizens Sheriff’s Academy

Sheriff Gary Cutler is pleased to announce the Hays County Sheriff’s Office Citizens Academy is now accepting applications for the 2019 class. The course will start on March 7, 2019. The Hays County Sheriff’s Office Citizens Academy is a 45 hour program designed to give the citizens of Hays County a working knowledge of the Hays County Sheriff’s Office and the criminal justice system. This free program includes 12 weeks of instruction by Hays County Sheriff’s Office staff and other guest speakers. Classes are held on Thursdays from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM.

Class size is limited to 25 people per class so it is important to get your application in early. Applications may be obtained in person at the Sheriff’s Office, by emailing Deputy Stephen Traeger at stephen.traeger@co.hays.tx.us, or by downloading the application from our website, http://www.co.hays.tx.us/sheriff.aspx Applications must be received on or before February 22, 2019.

Applicants must be at least eighteen (18) years of age and either reside, or work in Hays County. Those persons with felony convictions, or who are currently on parole, probation, or anyone who has been convicted for any offense involving moral turpitude are not eligible to attend.