Enforcing Underage Drinking Laws is a mission of the Travis County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies provide educational and prevention resources, training and enforcement action when necessary. As a law enforcement community with a proud tradition dating back to 1840, the Travis County Sheriff’s Office has developed a vision for exceeding community expectations through exemplary service. We are reaching out to the entire community to prevent crime and to keep the community safe.
The Sheriff’s Office is investing in individuals who will provide the community with the highest standards of community service. We are expanding our standards for community policing and maintaining a professional corrections team that insures an efficient, secure jail.
The first ever Visionary Award was presented to Greg Hamilton, Travis County Sheriff, by the National Liquor Law Enforcement Association (NLLEA) during their 25th Annual Conference in Orlando in August 2011.
NLLEA President, Steven Ernst presented the Visionary Awards to Sheriff Hamilton and David Reitz, both past presidents of the NLLEA. The NLLEA conference was held concurrently with the Underage Drinking Enforcement Training Center’s 13th National Leadership Conference. Hamilton was elected in 2000 as President of the National Liquor Law Enforcement Association. He served from 1996 to 2000 on the Governor′s DWI Task Force Advisory Board.
Sheriff Hamilton has been a nationally sought-after speaker on the problem of underage drinking. As a member of the MADD National College Commission Advisory Board, his advice has helped college presidents across America prevent binge drinking on their campuses.
In 2008 Sheriff Hamilton was awarded for his work in the community. The Bert Ford Sheriff′s Commendation – awarded by TABC to one sheriff out of all 254 Texas counties – honors sheriffs who build relationships between TABC and law enforcement . Sheriff Hamilton was recognized for his use of the Travis County Sheriff’s Reserve Unit, a volunteer unit of trained citizens who actively work to fight alcohol and alcohol-related problems in Travis County.
Current News from the Travis County Sheriff’s Office:
Dated: October 1, 2011 at 2:25 pm
Deputies with the Travis County Sheriff’s Office Underage Drinking Taskforce conducted a “minor sting” at 31 stores and clubs near the UT campus on Friday night, September 30. The Taskforce reported that all retailers contacted demonstrated 100 percent compliance, refusing to sell alcohol to minors during the verification operation.
The operation was designed to give the local merchants an opportunity to verify compliance by denying alcoholic beverage sales to youth under 21-years old.
The Taskforce of deputies, agents with the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission and representatives from the Greater Austin Underage Drinking Prevention Council traveled to the bars and convenience stores in the north and west UT campus district with a17-year old minor who attempted to purchase alcoholic beverages as undercover deputies observed nearby. She was sold no alcohol during the evening, reported deputies.
Normal compliance rate is about 80 percent, according to the Greater Austin Underage Drinking Council. Their hope is towards a trend where more retailers will check IDs and say “no” to minors trying to buy alcohol.
Prior to Friday’s operation around the UT campus, the Travis County Sheriff’s Underage Drinking Taskforce has filed criminal cases against 36 individual this year in Travis County. Sale of alcoholic beverages to a minor is a Class A misdemeanor, punishable by a fine up to $4,000, confinement up to a year in jail, or both. Additional penalties for businesses are determined by TABC, although the businesses have the right to request an administrative hearing.