The Austin County Sheriff's Office is the primary law enforcement agency of Austin County Texas. Located on the west bank of the Brazos River, a one hour drive from Houston, it is mostly an agricultural and cattle raising area. With its proximity to Houston, however, there are quite a number of residents that commute daily. Comprised of the elected Sheriff, 20 Full Time Commissioned Deputies, 8 Reserve Deputies, and eight Dispatchers, the Office is responsible for providing services to a county with a population of 22,903 covering an area of 656.252 square miles. The Sheriff is also responsible for the operation of the only jail facility in the County. With 14 Jail Officers, the Austin County Jail can house 39 inmates for pre and post trial confinement. The Emergency Communications system for the County is also the responsibility of the Sheriff. The county's Emergency-911 telephone answering point is located in the Sheriff's Office and dispatching of the Police Departments of the cities of Sealy, Bellville, Wallis and San Felipe are done from that point. The Sheriff's Office is also responsible for dispatching all Fire and EMS units in the County. Our Mission The Austin County Sheriff's Office will provide professional, high quality and effective service to the community through the enforcement of laws, prevention of crime, protection of life, property and the maintenance of public order in public places, with the utmost regard for the constitutional rights of all. We will meet the present and future needs of the public through a continued partnership with the community.