Advanced Citizens Sheriff’s Academy Course

I am looking at putting together an Advanced Citizens Academy Course that would cover special topics not covered in depth in the Citizens Academy or able to be covered during a HCCSAAA meeting. I would like to see if there is enough interest from the Alumni Association in having an Advanced class offered. The class may be a joint operation between HCSO, SMPD, and KPD.

The requirements that would be set up to attend the course would be:

  1. Attendees must have completed a Citizens Police Academy Course
  2. Attendees must be a member of an Academy Alumni Association in Hays County

Proposed topics that may be covered are:

  1. Family Violence Investigations
  2. Sex Crime Investigations
  3. Crimes Against Children Investigations
  4. Cyber Crime Investigations
  5. Arson Investigations
  6. Active Shooter
  7. Death Scene Investigations (optional Autopsy)
  8. Auto Theft Investigations
  9. Interview and Interrogation
  10. First Aid
  11. Observation Skills and Identifying Suspicious Activities
  12. Radio Communications and 10 Codes
  13. Traffic direction
  14. CPR & AED
  15. Current Issues in Law Enforcement
  16. Crime Prevention Techniques
  17. Citizens on Patrol Certification

Class attendees would be allowed to do a ride out with an officer.

I would like to get your input. Please let me know if this sounds like something our Alumni would like to see pursued.


Jeff Jordan


HCSO Citizens Sheriff’s Academy (Fall 2012)

Note: The Fall 2012 HCSO Citizens Sheriff’s Academy is full. The Spring 2013 class will start in February (exact date TBD). For more information, contact Jeff Jordan (info below).

Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Introduction
Chapter 2 History of Law Enforcement and the Hays County Sheriff’s Office
Chapter 3 Community Outreach
Chapter 4 Emergency Communications
Chapter 5 Patrol Operations
Chapter 6 Jail Operations
Chapter 7 Use of Force
Chapter 8 Arrest, Search, and Seizure
Chapter 9 Government Center Security
Chapter 10 Narcotics
Chapter 11 Mental Health Unit and Warrants Division
Chapter 12 Victim’s Assistance
Chapter 13 Alcohol Enforcement Unit (AEU)
Chapter 14 Animal Control
Chapter 15 Terrorism Awareness and the ALERRT Center
Chapter 16 Driving While Intoxicated Enforcement
Chapter 17 Traffic Division and Accident Investigations
Chapter 18 Emergency Vehicle Operations
Chapter 19 School Resource Officers and Juvenile Investigations
Chapter 20 Gangs and Security Threat Groups
Chapter 21 K-9
Chapter 22 Crisis Negotiations Team (CNT)
Chapter 23 Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT)
Chapter 24 Firearms
Chapter 25 Sex Offender Laws and Registration
Chapter 26 Criminal Investigation Division
Chapter 27 Evidence and Crime Scene Investigation


Weekly Class Schedule
Week 1: Thursday, August 23rd, 2012
1800 – 1810 Intro
1810 – 1840 History of Law Enforcement & the Hays County Sheriff’s Office
1840 – 1850 Break
1850 – 1920 Community Outreach
1920 – 1930 Break
1930 – 2200 Emergency Communications
Week 2: Thursday, 08/30/2012
1800 – 1930 Patrol Operations
1930 – 1940 Break
1940 – 2100 Jail Operations
Week 3: Thursday, 09/06/2012
1800 – 1930 Use of Force
1930 – 1940 Break
1940 – 2100 Arrest, Search, and Seizure
Week 4: Thursday, 09/13/2012 (@SMPD Auditorium with SMPDCPA)
1800 – 2100 Narcotics
Week 5: Thursday, 09/20/2012
1800 – 1930 Mental Health Unit and Warrants
1930 – 1940 Break
1940 – 2100 Victim’s Assistance
Week 6: Thursday, 09/27/2012
1800 – 1850 Sex Offender Registration and Laws
1850 – 1900 Break
1900 – 1950 K9
1950 – 2000 Break
2000 – 2100 Animal Control

National Night Out: Tuesday, 10/02/2012
Week 7: Thursday, 10/04/2012 (@SMPD Auditorium with SMPDCPA)
1800 – 2100 Terrorism Awareness and the ALERRT Center
Week 8a: Thursday, 10/11/2012
1800 – 1850 Traffic Division
1850 – 1900 Break
1900 – 1950 Driving While Intoxicated Investigations
1930 – 1940 Break
1940 – 2100 Alcohol Enforcement Unit (AEU)
Week 8b: Saturday, 10/13/2012 (@SMPD with SMPDCPA)
0800 – 1000 Emergency Vehicle Operations
1000 – 1200 Firearms
1200 – 1300 Grill out with SMPDCPAAA and HCCSAAA
Week 9: Thursday, 10/18/2012
1800 – 1930 School Resource Officers and Juvenile Investigations
1930 – 1940 Break
1940 – 2100 Gangs and Security Threat Groups
Week 10: Thursday, 10/25/2012 (@SMPD Auditorium and Government Center with SMPDCPA)
1800 – 1930 Crisis Negotiations Team (CNT)
1930 – 1940 Break
1940 – 2100 Government Center
Week 11: Thursday, 11/01/2012 (@ ALERRT with SMPDCPA)
1800 – 2100 Special Weapons and Tactics
Week 12: Thursday, 11/08/2012
1800 – 1850 Criminal Investigation Division
1850 – 1900 Break
1900 – 1950 Evidence and Crime Scene Investigation
1950 – 2000 Break
2000 – 2100 CID Practical and Question and Answer Session
Week 13: Thursday, 11/15/2012
1800 – 2100 Graduation



Jeff Jordan


HCSO Seeks Residential Gate Codes for Emergency Access

The Hays County sheriff’s office is asking residents that have a coded gate granting access to their property to provide the code so that dispatchers have it on file for emergencies.

Gated communities, private residences, apartment complexes and commercial properties are among the properties the sheriff’s office is seeking codes from to update its databases in the Emergency Communications Division.

Residents should email their gate code to with GATE CODE in the subject line or call 512-393-7373, according to the sheriff’s office.

The agency is also requesting the following information:

  • The name of the location
  • A contact person
  • The physical or 911 address
  • Any special instructions or extra information, such as whether a pet lives at the home or a resident is hearing impaired
  • A phone number


HCSO Announces Release of Citizen Observer / Tip411 Program

Sheriff Gary Cutler is pleased to announce the release of the Hays County Sheriff’s Office Citizen Observer / Tip411 Program. In a press conference earlier today, Sheriff Cutler explained that this program will allow another form of secure communication between the citizens of Hays County and their Hays County Sheriff’s Office.

Citizen Observer is a web based program that allows citizens to subscribe to alerts and messages that can be sent by the sheriff’s office via email and text messaging. This will allow the Hays County Sheriff’s Office to send notifications and information out to the community in times of emergency. This program will also allow the sheriff’s office to send out information on ongoing investigations and crimes, in an attempt to solicit participation from the community.

The Tip411 portion of the program also citizens to submit tips to the sheriff’s office via text messaging from all mobile phones companies. This will allow the tipster to remain anonymous and to communicate with the sheriff’s office via text message.

To sign up for alerts go to
To text a tip text HCTXSO plus the information to 847411

You can also submit a tip via the Hays County Sheriff’s Office facebook page, by clicking “Submit a Tip”.


Introducing the Official Neighborhood Watch App

Report. Stay informed. Make a difference.

For nearly half a century the National Neighborhood Watch Program has been the premier crime prevention initiative in the United States, helping citizens to serve as additional “eyes and ears” for law enforcement. Now for the first time, Neighborhood Watch is introducing a mobile phone app for iPhone, Blackberry and Android platforms.

The Neighborhood Watch App has dynamic reporting capabilities including options to add photos and text to reports from Block Captains, volunteers, or from citizens who want to report anonymously. Linked to a proprietary database of law enforcement agencies from throughout the country, the Neighborhood Watch App enables citizens to report crime concerns, suspicious activities and community disorder. The NW App also offers innovative features such as mini training videos, and tips on starting, revitalizing or expanding your Neighborhood Watch. Additionally, our ‘Ask the Expert’ section allows users to query national crime prevention and Neighborhood Watch experts on topics of interest.

Since we are the Official Neighborhood Watch app there is no law enforcement agency subscription fee or monthly fee of any kind. The only charge associated with our program is the $1.99 app fee charged to those who download the app by the smart phone app stores (iPhone, Blackberry, Android). Additionally, for any Sheriff who purchases the app, 100% of those fees are donated to the National Sheriffs’ Association Education Fund.

To purchase the NW app, visit the app store for your type of phone, and search for “Neighborhood Watch Official Mobile App.”

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