HCSO Advanced Citizens Sheriff’s Academy

As discussed at the July 20th meeting, the Hays County Sheriff’s Office will host an Advanced Citizens Sheriff’s Academy. Classes will be held on Wednesday evenings from 6:30p to 9:30p for seven weeks from August 17th through September 28th. Class size is limited to 16 with priority given to first time attendees. Applicants must have already completed the Basic Citizens Sheriff’s Academy. Applications are now being accepted with a submission deadline of August 10th.

Link to Application (.PDF)

NOTE: The first class will be held at the Firing Range. For that reason, the following information is required in addition to the completed application:
Firearm Criteria:

    Do you own a handgun?

  • Semi-auto 9mm, .40 or .45 preferred.
  • Academy will provide 50 rounds
  • Holster
  • Spare Magazine
  • Magazine Holder
    Firearm Experience

  • Little or No experience with handgun?
  • LTC?
  • Prior Military or LE?

Volunteer Opportunity: Sunshine Kid Sponsors

There will be twenty-four Sunshine Kids and six Pediatric Cancer Nurses arriving on Monday, June 6th for their one week Hill Country Adventure. The Hays County Citizens Sheriff’s Academy Alumni Association (HCCSAAA) is still looking for Sponsors to “adopt” Sunshine Kids. Each Sponsorship is $100 but any amount will help!

Your donation goes directly to the Sunshine Kids in the form of a gift card for them to purchase souvenirs or pay for incidentals during their week long stay and visits to the State Capitol, SeaWorld, Schlitterbahn, and other cool places. In some instances, offices have pooled money together to sponsor a Sunshine Kid.

Venmo, cash, or checks are accepted.

Checks or cash may be sent to (or dropped off at):
ATTN: Gary Anderson
810 S. Stagecoach Trail
San Marcos, TX 78666

In the past, Hays County has been a huge part of our success in helping these kids battling cancer to enjoy a week away from hospitals, treatments, and pain.

If you have questions please contact please contact Cathy Gieselman via e-mail at president@hccsaaa.org or via phone (512) 944-5569 OR Gary Anderson at gary.anderson@co.hays.tx.us.
The QR code attached goes directly to HCCSAAA Venmo Account.

Thank you for any help you can give!

Volunteer Opportunities: Sunshine Kids


For the past two years we have not been able to host the Sunshine Kids due to the pandemic. Thankfully, they will be here for The Texas Hill Country Adventure June 6th – 12th . At our Alumni meeting in February, Lieutenant Dennis Gutierrez explained the activities that are being scheduled and the dollar amount the HCCSAAA will be contributing. Therefore, the funds raised at both fundraisers shown below will be used for the Sunshine Kids in June.

On Thursday, April 28th we will be doing either a cheeseburger plate or pasta plate along with a 50/50 raffle at the Government Center. At the present time, we are working on our cost to see which one will bring us the most profit. As we have done in past years, we will have seating for those who have gone through the serving line. In addition, we will be delivering to various businesses who have placed orders with us. Last year we delivered 116 cheeseburger plates to 11 businesses. Total cheeseburger plates sold was 300 in San Marcos.

On Wednesday, May 11th at the VFW in Wimberley, we will be doing a cheeseburger plate. As we did last year, we will be delivering to various businesses who have placed orders. Last year we delivered 163 cheeseburger plates to 19 businesses. Total cheeseburger plates sold was 240 in Wimberley.

Our goal this year is to sell 700 plates between these two fundraisers, and if we meet that goal we should net a profit of $5,000. Both events are going to be heavily promoted and we feel we can generate another $1,000 in donations. Needless to say, none of this is going to be possible without your support. Before we finalize everything and start promoting both fundraisers we will need to know if we have enough volunteers. We are going to need volunteers to do various tasks from 9am to 2pm at each fundraiser. We are going to need 8 people to help set-up and serve. In addition, we are going to need 5 people to make deliveries.

Both of these fundraisers are extremely important this year and your wonderful support is greatly appreciated. If you can volunteer, please reply to this email and let me know if you can work either event or both. I would appreciate having your reply no later than March 15th so an announcement can be made at our March 16th Alumni meeting as to whether we have enough volunteers for each fundraising event.

On behalf of the Sunshine Kids, HCCSAAA and HCSO thank you.

Jack Diamond

Citizens Sheriff’s Academy Application Deadline

Deadline to Apply for the Citizens Academy is Approaching

Reminder: The deadline to apply for the Hays County Sheriff’s Citizens Academy is fast approaching. Very few seats remain, so get your applications turned in quickly. A “stand-by” list will be generated in the event some applicants won’t be able to attend.

Sheriff Gary Cutler is pleased to announce that the Hays County Sheriff’s Office Citizens Academy is now accepting applications for the 2022 spring class. The course will tentatively start on March 10, 2022. 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 at the new Public Safety Building located at 810 S. Stagecoach Trail. in San Marcos, directly behind the Government Center.

The objective of the Citizens Academy is to build a better understanding between citizens and the Sheriff’s Office through education. The academy will help increase public awareness and increase Sheriff’s Office and community relations and rapport. Consequently, the Sheriff’s Office becomes aware of the feelings and concerns of the community from the participants through interaction. The instructors of this academy are supervisors, deputies, correction officers, and guest speakers who work in the areas being taught, and their training will give participants insight into the day-to-day operations of the Sheriff’s Office. In return, class instructors receive direct feedback from the class participants on the effects the Sheriff’s Office has on their lives.

Students will have the opportunity to tour the Hays County Jail, the Juvenile Detention Center, the Government Center, and the Public Safety Building including the state-of-the-art communications center if current COVID guidelines allow. Students will also have an opportunity to ride along with a deputy as an observer during a regular patrol shift.

Due to Covid, class size is limited to 20 people per class to maintain social distancing, so it is important to get your application in early. Applications may be obtained in person at the Public Safety Building or by emailing Deputy Mark Andrews at mark.andrews@co.hays.tx.us. Additionally, within the next few days you will be able to download the application from our website, http://www.co.hays.tx.us/sheriff.aspx Applications must be received on or before February 28, 2022.

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. Applicants must be at least eighteen (18) years of age and either reside, or work, in Hays County. For questions regarding the Hays County Sheriff’s Office Citizens Academy, please contact the Hays County Sheriff’s Office Community Outreach Unit or Deputy Mark Andrews at 512-393-7373 or via email at mark.andrews@co.hays.tx.us Applications for the Citizens Academy may be mailed, faxed, or emailed to:

Hays County Sheriff’s Office
Community Outreach Unit
Attention: Mark Andrews
810 S. Stagecoach Trail
San Marcos, Texas 78666
Phone: 512-393-7373
Fax: 512 393-7879

Run For The Badge


Please check out the link from Jeffrey Jordan (President of the Fraternal Order of Police, Hill Country Lodge #23…and one of our very own HCSO heroes) for Run for the Badge; this is a great opportunity to raise money for the National Law Enforcement Memorial. Our fine men and women in Law Enforcement who have paid the ultimate price should always be remembered and never forgotten.

Below is the link Jeffrey Jordan set up for Run for the Badge. He has done this for the last 2 years, and last year was the first year he raised money for the National Law Enforcement Memorial. He raised over $500.

This year, Jeffrey set a goal of raising $1000. He set up the team Remembering Hays County’s Finest. It automatically set a goal of raising $2,000.

Registration is $40 for the virtual run/walk and counts towards the total raised. Runners/walkers receive a numbered bib, a medal, and t-shirt. Anyone who wishes to register to participate, please search for and join the team Remembering Hays County’s Finest. If there is a big enough group, we could probably make arrangements to do this as a group and create a route near the Government Center in San Marcos.
This would be a great way to get together and do something outside of our Alumni meetings which is something we talked about at the meeting last night.
Let’s do this! It should be fun and is an amazing way to pay honor to the fallen! Who’s in?


Cathy Gieselman, President

Volunteer Opportunity: Greeter @ PSB

We are actively signing up volunteers to serve as Greeters at the PSB. We’ve had several Alumni volunteer and would like to get the word out to anyone else who may be interested. Following is what we are seeking from our Greeter volunteers:

One (1) shift per day
Monday – Friday
10:00a – 2:00p
(one or more days per week)

Training & Security check will be conducted prior to starting. This is a great opportunity for Alumni volunteers to support the Sheriff’s Department.

Please contact me if you have questions or are interested in serving as a Greeter at the PSB.

Thank you!

Cathy Gieselman, President
HCCSA Alumni Association

e-mail: catgies45@gmail.com
Phone: (512) 944-5569

2021 Member Survey

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