The Williamson County Sheriff’s Office is working diligently to maintain a high level of public service during the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) pandemic. Ensuring public safety – including the safety of Sheriff’s Office employees and the inmates housed in our facility – is our top priority. The following are answers to frequently asked questions about how COVID-19 is impacting Sheriff’s Office operations.
How has COVID-19 impacted law enforcement services?
At this time, the COVID-19 pandemic has had little impact on patrol and criminal investigation activities. Deputies continue to patrol our streets and neighborhoods. They are responding to calls for service that require a law enforcement presence. Investigators are still responding to crime scenes, especially those involving violence. The department and its employees are adhering to social distancing requirements to the extent possible.
How is the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office handling calls for service?
- Emergency/Life-Threatening calls or “In Progress” calls for service will be handled in the same manner as always and has not changed at this time.
- Non-Emergency/Routine calls for service will be handled over the telephone, if possible. If a deputy is required, our communications staff have been directed to ask if anyone in the household is exhibiting symptoms of the COVID-19 virus.
- Deputies will try to maintain a “social distance” out of concern and respect for the community to the extent possible or plausible.
- Fingerprinting services for civilians have been suspended until further notice.
- The Sheriff’s Citizens Academy has been postponed until further notice.
- The Sheriff’s Junior Academies for the summer are under review.
- The Sheriff’s Self Defense Classes are postponed until further notice.
- The Sheriff’s Community Services programs are postponed until further notice.
- All volunteer services have been suspended until further notice.
- All 68A (Vehicle Inspections) have been suspended until further notice.
- Visitors coming into the Secure Area of the Sheriff’s Office will be restricted.
- Community members are encouraged to call-in where possible instead of coming to the Sheriff’s Office.
What is being done to protect Sheriff’s Office deputies, Corrections Officers, and other staff members?
All Sheriff’s Office staff members have been encouraged to follow the latest guidance from the CDC and Williamson County and Cities Health District. In addition to this guidance, the Sheriff’s Office has provided deputies and jail staff access to Personal Protective Equipment.
How has COVID-19 impacted jail visitation?
Jail visitation has been suspended indefinitely.
Have there been any confirmed cases of COVID-19 at the Williamson County Jail?
What else is being done to limit inmate exposure to COVID-19?
New House Medical Screenings are conducted during the booking process. Inmates possibly affected and/or showing symptoms will be separated and quarantined. The inmate will continuously receive medical attention. The Williamson County Sheriff’s Office has also implemented a 14-day quarantine for all incoming inmates. These inmates are isolated from the rest of the jail population to mitigate the chances of having a COVID-19 case in the jail.
Do I need a permission slip to drive to and from work?
You do NOT need a permission slip to drive to work.
Will there be road blocks set up within Williamson County?
Williamson County Sheriff’s Office will NOT have road blocks?