Junior Deputy program accepting enrollment

Staff Report

HAYS COUNTY – The Hays County Sheriff’s Office is currently taking applications for the Summer Junior Deputy Academy. 

There will be two separate academies that will run Tuesday through Thursday from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. 

• Kyle (east side of county): June 28 through June 30 – Chapa Middle School, 3311 Dacy Ln., Kyle, TX 78640 (application deadline is June 17)

• Dripping Springs (west side of county): July 19 through July 21 – Dripping Springs High School, 940 US HWY 290, Dripping Springs, TX 78620 (application deadline is July 8)

There are a limited number of seats available and applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. 

Members of the Sheriff’s Office will introduce the cadets to various functions of law enforcement including patrol, SWAT, crisis negotiation, criminal investigations, crime scene, K9 unit and community services. Other first responders such as Fire Department and Emergency Medical Services will also be on hand to demonstrate their services and related equipment. Other presentations may be made by the Greater San Marcos Youth Council, Pedernales Electric Cooperative, and Colin’s Hope who present a segment of bullying, electrical safety, and water safety. The cadets may tour a local fire station and become familiar with apparatuses used by different emergency agencies. 

At the completion of the Academy, the cadets will have a special graduation ceremony on the last day, which everyone is invited to attend. The Junior Deputy Academy is open to all children between the ages of 8-10 who reside in Hays County.

Applications are available on the county’s website, the Sheriff’s Office Facebook page or may be obtained by contacting Irene Hernandez by email at irene.hernandez@co.hays.tx.us or Deputy Mark Andrews by email at mark.andrews@co.hays.tx.us or by calling 512-393-7373. 

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