Kids learn fingerprinting, finding speeders at ‘Jr. Deputy’ academy

Travis County

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A group of 11-13-year-olds spent a week of their summer break getting an inside look at how deputies with the Travis County Sheriff’s Office do their jobs.

Crime scene specialists taught them how to find fingerprints. Highway Enforcement showed them how to use radar guns to find speeding drivers. The Estray Unit taught the children how to lasso stray animals and care for them.

They also learned how to lay out spike strips to stop drivers fleeing from officers, and got a tour of the Travis County Courthouse.

After completing the week-long course, Sheriff Sally Hernandez swore them in as “junior deputies” Friday afternoon.

The Travis County Sheriff’s Office will hold a similar academy for 8-10-year-olds in August. Enrollment for the class filled up quickly.

This was the Sheriff’s Office’s first Junior Deputy Camp. The agency is interested in holding more in the future.

For more information on the academy, visit

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