Travis County Sheriff's Office

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Gov. Greg Abbott signed a ban on "sanctuary cities" into law on Sunday, putting the final touch on legislation that would also allow police to inquire about the immigration status of people they lawfully detain.

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Travis County Sheriff Sally Hernandez plans to evaluate a wider range of alleged crimes in determining whether to hand over jail inmates to federal immigration authorities. 

Hernandez changed the policy at the Travis County Jail earlier this month, saying deputies would honor Immigration and Customs Enforcement requests to detain people for possible immigration violations only if an inmate was booked on capital murder, murder, aggravated sexual assault or human trafficking charges.

Miguel Gutierrez Jr. / KUT

This month, voters elected the second woman in history to serve as Travis County sheriff. Now, the department is working to recruit more female deputies and corrections officers to its ranks.

Miguel Gutierrez Jr. / KUT

Travis County voters are set to elect a new sheriff for the first time in 12 years.

Among the four candidates running for Travis County Sheriff, a key issue is the Priority Enforcement Program, led by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, flags people booked into the Travis County Jail who may be in the country illegally, potentially leading to their deportation.


Travis County Sheriff's Office

The Travis County Sheriff's Office is warning of significant traffic impacts Tuesday morning as a result of the funeral procession for Sergeant Craig Hutchinson, 54, who was shot to death at his home in Round Rock last Monday.

A reward is out for information leading to the arrest of his killer.

Police are asking those who want to pay their respects to Sgt. Hutchinson along the procession route to do so safely.

Miguel Gutierrez Jr. / KUT

A Travis County Sheriff’s deputy was shot and killed at his home early this morning in the Round Rock neighborhood of Cimarron. Sergeant Craig Hutchinson, a 32-year veteran of the department, reportedly spotted intruders in his backyard and called for backup at around 1:22 a.m., according to the Austin American-Statesman.

Kevin Opp

Democrats running for the nomination to be Travis County Sheriff are in their final days of campaigning before the March 1 primary, and the contenders are pushing hard to stand out to voters.


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Funeral Services for Travis County Deputy Jessica Hollis were held today at the Hill Country Bible Church. The seven-year veteran was swept away by flood waters last week while checking a low water crossing near Lake Austin, where she was found last Friday.

Hundreds of people and first responders from as far away as Burnet County, San Antonio, New Braunfels and Jonestown shared memories and stories to memorialize Hollis at the Hill Country Bible Church in Pflugerville.