The sheriff is inviting county residents to become associate members of the Sheriffs’ Association of Texas.
Membership invitations will be mailed over the next several weeks.
Associate members dues help the association provide important training, technical resources and legislative support on key criminal justice issues to law enforcement officers across Texas.
Dues paid by associate members also support crime prevention and awareness programs, promote public safety, fight drug abuse, provide additional training for sheriffs and their deputies and fund scholarships for the children of law enforcement personnel.
Contributions to the organization are tax deductible.
“The Associate Membership Drive helps provide the funding which is vital to our mission of making our communities safer places to love, work and play,” Carrizales said.
The membership program was created to give citizens an opportunity to lend their support and to make law enforcement more effective. It also helps deputies protect the lives of property of the county’s residents.
“During these economic times the need to build stronger public-private law enforcement partnerships continues to escalate, and programs such as this continue to grow in importance,” the sheriff said.
Carrizales encouraged everyone who receives an invitation to join the organization to take advantage of the opportunity.
“It’s a valuable investment in our future,” the sheriff said.
Anyone who does not receive an invitation but would like to support the association may visit the organization’s offices at 1601 S. IH-35, Austin, TX 78741 or may contact the offices at www.txsheriffs.org.
The organization was founded in 1874, and it is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, professional and educational organization dedicated to the preservation of peace and the protection of lives and property of the citizens of Texas.
The association does not make solicitations by telephone. Anyone who receives a phone call from anyone claiming to represent the Sheriffs’ Association of Texas should report the call to his or her local sheriff of district attorney.