Carrizales is inviting residents to become associate members of the Sheriffs’ Association of Texas.
Membership invitations are expected to be mailed over the next few weeks. Dues paid by associate members are used to 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 officers.
Contributions to the association are tax deductible.
“The Associate Membership Drive helps provide funding which is vital to our mission of making our communities safer places to live, work and play,” the sheriff said.
The funds help provide training and technical resources along with providing legislative support on key criminal justice issues.
The Associate Membership Program was created to provide citizens with an opportunity to lend their support to more effective law enforcement and to help local sheriffs protect the lives and property of citizens.
“During these economic times, the need for building stronger public-private law enforcement partnerships continues to escalate, and programs such as this continue to grow in importance,” Carrizales said. “I strongly encourage every citizen receiving a membership appeal to consider joining forces with us by becoming an associate member. It is a valuable investment in our future.
The Sheriffs’ Association of Texas was founded in 1874 and is a nonprofit and educational organization dedicated to the preservation of peace and the protection of the lives and property of Texas citizens.
The organization’s headquarters is in Austin, and Steve Westbrook is its executive director.
The organization does not solicit memberships over the telephone. Anyone who calls and claims to represent the Sheriffs’ Association of Texas should be reported to the sheriff’s office or district attorney’s office.
The organization can be reached by mail at 1601 S. IH-35, Austin, Texas 78741 or over the Internet at www.txsheriffs.org.