Law Enforcement Bureau
Administrative Services consists of the following departments:
- Data Entry
- Records and Open Records
- Human Resources
- Victims Assistance
- Accreditation units
- Communications Liaison
- Terminal Agency Coordinator
This unit is also responsible for:
- Criminal Justice Reporting to the Texas Department of Public Safety
- IBR reporting to the Texas Department of Public Safety
- Performing records searches for other law enforcement agencies
- Conducting reference checks for purposes of employment and/or military inquiries, or as requested by other law enforcement agencies
- Providing character letters for hunters and for persons attempting to adopt a child
- Fingerprinting the public for reasons of employment, adoption, out-of-state handgun licenses, Visa's, liquor licenses, Lottery Commission, etc. (By appointment only)
Williamson County Sheriff's Office will suspend public fingerprint services until further notice due to construction starting August 14, 2023. Please feel free to contact our office at 512-943-1300 if you have any questions.
FBI or DPS cards are available at request. (You need to know which card you need.) Cards are $5 each. We accept exact cash, checks or credit cards (fee of approximately $0.11 per card)
Download the Open Records Request Form (PDF).
Monday through Friday.
8:30 to 11 am and 2:30 to 4 pm.
The Animal Control Unit is comprised of civilian employed officers who are responsible for the enforcement of local regulations and state law in Williamson County. The Animal Control Unit’s primary duty is to protect the health and safety of the community by investigating reports of exposure to high-risk rabies suspects (bats, foxes, skunks, raccoons, and coyotes) as well as situations where a dog or cat has bitten or scratched a human. Other responsibilities of Animal Control include responding to citizen complaints, conducting investigations, gathering information, educating the public, and, if needed, issuing citations for violations of local ordinances and State law. They investigate cases of abuse, cruelty, and/or neglect for non-livestock animals. Animals impounded by Animal Control are transported to the Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter and held until the owner can reclaim their pet or until the pet can be put up for adoption. Williamson County Animal Control can be reached at 512-864-8282, option 1 twice. You can read the Ordinance (PDF).
19 head of sheep
Impound Location:CR 240, Florence, Texas
Impound Date 08/15/2023
Contact: Deputy Worsham (Cell 512-948-2804)
Under the direction of one commander, two lieutenants, five sergeants and one civilian supervisor, the Criminal Investigation Division is divided into the following sections:
- Crimes Against Persons Unit: Four detectives investigate all homicides, robberies, sexual assaults, aggravated assaults, harassments, simple assaults, and all other crimes against persons.
- Special Victims Unit: Five detectives investigate all crimes related to child and elder abuse / deaths.
- General Crimes Unit: Five detectives investigate crimes associated with criminal mischief, stolen property, burglaries, criminal trespass, and auto thefts.
- Special Crimes Unit: Four detectives are assigned to investigate Financial Crimes, money laundering, identity theft, embezzlements, white collar crimes prostitution, human trafficking, illegal gambling, and conduct covert surveillance operations. two additional detectives are assigned to various Federal Task Forces.
- Crime Scene Unit: Three dedicated Crime Scene Technicians respond to death investigations, burglaries, and other types of crime scenes to process the scene for forensics and evidence collection.
- Crime Analysis Unit: Three analyst provide intelligence gathering to support all investigations.
Phone number: 512-943-1300 or 512-943-1313
The Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) consists of highly trained Sheriff's Office law enforcement officers that provide crisis intervention assistance to the citizens of Williamson County.
The Crisis Intervention Team offers assistance to those suffering from emotional and psychological issues and assists them in obtaining the appropriate social service available to their specific need. The Crisis Intervention Team is also tasked with performing follow-up checks when deemed necessary.
The Crisis Intervention Team is structured to assist citizens by providing professional and immediate assistance in obtaining proper care and assistance. Each member of the crisis team is licensed by the State of Texas with specific training in mental health, crisis intervention, first aid, CPR and are licensed Peace Officers with the Williamson County Sheriff's Office.
This service is offered to the citizens of Williamson County 24 hours a day.
To Reach a Crisis Intervention Team Member:
- For Emergencies - Call 911 for assistance
- For Non-Emergencies After Hours - 512-864-8282 then 1 and then 1
- For Non-Emergencies during regular business hours - 512-943-1662
Residential / Business Alarm Permits
508 S Rock Street, Georgetown, TX 78626
512-943-1340 FAX 512-943-1444
Email the False Alarm Reduction Unit
About the Law Requiring an Alarm Permit:
The law was adopted by the County Commissioners in September, 1991. It is a part of the effort to educate the public about the responsible use of a security system and to reduce the number of false alarms occurring in the County. Currently, false alarms average 300 per month county wide.
The False Alarm Reduction Unit (FARU) was created to administer the County's security system law. The FARU's main function is to reduce the number of false alarms to which officers, fire, and emergency medical respond each year. The FARU registers alarm users, bills for excessive false alarms, and handles informal appeal hearings regarding the revocation of alarm permits.
When a security system is properly installed and maintained, and the users are properly trained, it can give peace of mind to the users. When any one of these elements is missing, the results are quite different. These calls result in many unnecessary calls for service and take officers from pro-active police work. They become very expensive for the Sheriffs Office and eventually add extra cost to the user of an alarm system through fines for excessive false alarms.
With the alarm companies, the user of the alarm system, and the Alarm Unit working together, we can significantly reduce the number of false alarms. We will all be winners.
Failure to comply with the alarm law is a Class C Misdemeanor offense and can result in a fine of not less than $75 and not more than $500 for each and every violation\activation of a security system without an alarm permit.
Georgetown PD, Alarm Unit
Contact: Betty Jo Patterson
Hutto PD, Alarm Unit
Contact: Edna Vela or David Stripling
Leander PD, Alarm Unit
Please visit the Leander Police Department Site for more information
Places where Permits are Required
Any home or business located in Williamson County, and outside the city limits of any incorporated city, is required to purchase an alarm permit (register) each system you own and operate. This is required regardless of whether or not your security system is monitored. Download an Application For Alarm Permit 2015 (DOCX). You can email your completed application or fax it to 512-943-1444.
Currently, if you live within the incorporated city limits of the city of Hutto or the city of Leander, you will need to purchase an alarm permit with that city's alarm unit of their police department.
Alarm Operation Tips
If you accidentally activate your alarm, try to contact the alarm company immediately, if they do not contact you. If you cannot recite the property's password or code over the phone to the alarm operator, the police will be dispatched! It is recommended that you wait for the officers' arrival in front of the property in plain view. Remember that the responding officers probably do not know who you are, so be prepared to offer some form of identification to establish your legal presence on the property in question.
In the case of accidental activation of a robbery or takeover (ambush) alarm, be aware that the responding officers must assume the worst…And the worst for them is the presence of armed suspects on the property. The alarm company will not call you to verify this type of alarm. You may receive a telephone call from the sheriffs office dispatch. It is essential that you do exactly as you are told.
Responding to alarm calls is serious business for officers. Every year, nationwide, officers are killed while responding to these types of calls. Until proven otherwise, we must assume that we are dealing with a crime in progress. Keep this in mind when you accidentally activate your alarm.
Consumer Guide to Purchasing an Alarm System
Check it out if you have not already purchased a system.
This is a useful publication from False Alarm Reduction Association (FARA). The article is geared to assist anyone thinking about purchasing an alarm system. It points out things to consider in your decision. There are questions to ask each company you interview, and charts to record the answers for future reference and comparison.
All alarm companies are not created equal. You as the consumer, must do your homework and ask the questions before the contract is signed, just as you would when making any large investment purchase.
Properly installed, maintained, and operated alarm systems do not generate false alarms.
Consider the fact, when you purchase an alarm system, you also assume a large number of responsibilities and duties. The use of an alarm system involves a lot of other people, outside your home.
Many useful documents can be accessed through the False Alarm Reduction Association (FARA) website. Click on the Consumer Tips button.
Currently, there are seven Consumer Guides and fourteen (14) Consumer Bulletin, all recently updated with the most current information.
Home Security Guides
The FARA site also has an excellent Home Security Guide. This comprehensive guide will help you analyze your home, yard, and lifestyle and offer you tips on how to best protect your home and your loved ones.
Type the words: "home security" in the search area. Then choose from a long list of useful articles, one of which is the "Home and Safety Center". Under this section is a "Home Security Guide" and numerous other safety articles for your home and lifestyle
Home Computer Security
A good site for home computer security America's Cyber Defense Agency then click on Home Security Security and follow the links.
False Alarm Prevention Tips
The NBFFA (National Burglary and Fire Alarms Association) website, has a False Alarm Prevention Guide that can be useful to persons who may be having problems with false alarms.
The Williamson County Sheriff’s Office K9 Unit consists of one Sergeant, six handlers, and six canines. The dogs are Belgian Malinois or shepherd breeds and each dog is chosen for their high drive and constant willingness to work. The dogs are trained and certified in criminal apprehension, handler protection, tracking, and narcotics detection. They assist patrol in preventing crime, building searches, locating missing endangered persons, suspect apprehension, and locating evidence of crimes. Each canine team receives continued rigorous training to help them maintain their certification and the high level of skill expected of them.
The Williamson County Sheriff's Office has two deputies specifically assigned to livestock issues around the county:
The Sheriff's Office is responsible for the loose livestock in the County. These deputies respond to loose livestock complaints. They work to get the animal off the roadway and secured behind fences. Once that is done they investigate where the animal came from so they can return the animal to the proper owner and if need be issue citations. Once in a while they find loose livestock that nobody will claim. In these cases they house them and prepare them for auction. They are trained in animal cruelty investigation involving both domesticated and livestock animals. Cattle theft is still a modern day problem in Texas. These deputies investigate and prepare for prosecution cases related to cattle theft.
- Red Bull
Approximately 2.5 years age
3300 BLK, CR 467, Elgin Zip Code
If you are the owner please contact Deputy B. Hartt with the Livestock Unit or use our Livestock Form.
The Williamson County Sheriff's Office is proud of its "tough on crime" reputation and the dedication of the citizens who support this mission. We are committed to providing the community a safe environment through aggressive narcotics investigations and subsequent prosecution of offenders.
The Sheriff's Office Narcotics Unit is responsible for the investigation and suppression of narcotics activities that either occurs within Williamson County or whose illegal activities adversely affect the citizens of Williamson County.
Investigations performed by the Narcotics unit require various investigation techniques. The Narcotics unit utilizes all techniques including information gathering and analysis to further assistance in an arrest or search warrant.
If you would like to report any activity you believe to be drug related, you can call 512-943-1170 or send an email to the Narcotics Division.
The Patrol Division is responsible for providing public safety and assistance to over 135,000 Williamson County citizens, along with DWI and Traffic Enforcement throughout the entire County. The Patrol Division Commander James David and Specialized Units are based out of the Headquarters Office located in Georgetown, Texas. To better assist the citizens of Williamson County, the Sheriff's Office also operates two additional substations on the West and East side of the county.
Do you have a traffic problem in your area that needs special attention? Email our Traffic Supervisor (speeding, school zone, etc).
This unit is dedicated to ensuring that the streets of Williamson County are safe for citizens to travel daily. This is done through heavy enforcement and high visibility in the unincorporated areas of Williamson County. They do, however, assist smaller agencies that do not have the assets to address these needs within their cities. They assist patrol on 911 calls, but mainly enforce the traffic laws of Texas. They are trained to work crashes ranging from minor incidents to fatalities. They also investigate all the leaving the scene crashes. Each deputy is highly trained in DWI detection and they work special holiday task forces to assure impaired drivers are aggressively interdicted. The unit also participates in special events to include, but not limited to, parades, traffic management, school zone speed enforcement, school bus safety programs, Shattered Dreams, rail grade crossing enforcement, Ride 2 Recovery escort, and escorts for fallen officers and soldiers.
Within this unit, some deputies are assigned to motorcycle patrol as well as Commercial Vehicle Enforcement (CVE). CVE units are trained to assure commercial traffic is operating legally and safely in the county. They are certified as Motor Carrier Safety Inspectors through the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Association as well as License and Weight deputies. These CVE deputies weigh commercial motor vehicles, inspect their registration and perform safety inspections on their equipment to assure our roads are safe and stay well maintained.
Do you have a traffic-related issue within the unincorporated part of Williamson County? Contact the traffic unit supervisor by email. Do you have a traffic related issue within the un-incorporated part of Williamson County? Contact the traffic unit supervisor by email.
Email Traffic Concerns, the Traffic Unit checks this email Monday through Friday (6 am to 6 pm). If you require immediate assistance or assistance on the weekend, or after 6 pm please call 911 and request for a Deputy to contact you.