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To the citizens of Austin County,

We at the sheriff’s office want to take just a moment to help with all the information being put out through the media and social media outlets. We want the citizens of Austin County to know that we are on duty and responding to your calls just as we always have. Our department is healthy and at work for you.

At this time, we are asking you not to come to the sheriff’s office. We are in the middle of construction with large trucks and equipment moving around our buildings and very little space for them to move about. If you need to report a crime or ask a question, please call. We will send a deputy or have a deputy contact you.

We are still responding but for the safety of our community and our deputies, we may handle some calls for service by phone. When our deputies arrive to a call, they may ask you to come outside when possible to talk so that we can keep safe distances and we don’t transmit something to you from the last contact we had. Please try to cooperate with our deputies’ requests and if you cannot please explain that to them so we avoid conflict.

Our sheriff’s department is your department and your community is our community. Together we will come through this time more united and connected than ever before.

Thank you for your support and cooperation.

Sheriff Jack W. Brandes


The mission of the Austin County Sheriff’s Office is to maintain social order and provide professional, high quality and effective law enforcement services to citizens of Austin County, within prescribed ethical, budgetary, and constitutional constraints.  This agency strives to enforce the law and maintain order in a fair and impartial manner, recognizing the need for justice, and consistent appearance of justice.  The Sheriff recognizes that no law enforcement agency can operate at its maximum potential without supportive input from the citizens it serves.  This agency actively solicits and encourages the cooperation of all citizens to reduce and limit the opportunities for crime and to assist in bringing to justice those that break the law.