|Operation Blue Santa||Take Me Home||Senior Services|
|Adopt-a-Cop||Citizens Police Academy||Explorers Post 1096|
|Junior Police Academy|
Operation Blue Santa
Round Rock Operation Blue Santa is a non-profit organization established in 1978 by the volunteers and employees of the Round Rock Police, Fire, and Parks and Recreation Departments. In the first year of the program, Operation Blue Santa served fewer than 20 families by delivering toys and food to families in need during the holiday season. Since then, the program has grown to serve more than 1,600 individuals annually! Operation Blue Santa is supported entirely by the community in the form of donations. Through Blue Santa, we see many lives changed for the better and celebrate the magic of the holiday season. Round Rock Operation Blue Santa accepts new unwrapped toys and wrapping paper. Donations are welcome year-round.
Take Me Home
Take Me Home allows for the safe return home of anyone who may not be able to communicate vital information to law enforcement officers or first responders. This kind of assistance may be required if the person is unable to speak or properly identify themselves, or if the individual becomes disoriented or acts in a manner that could be misinterpreted by first responders.
When an individual registers in the Take Me Home system, his/her record includes a current digital picture, physical description, demographic information, and caregiver contacts. This information is stored in a database that only dispatchers or officers in patrol cars can access. If a patrol officer encounters a person in the Take Me Home program, the officer can query the Take Me Home system by searching a name or physical description. Once the individual’s Take Me Home record has been located, the officer has the information to assist the person appropriately. The system also works in reverse; if a loved one is missing, his/her picture and description are immediately available.
There is no charge for using the program. There does need to be a commitment by those using the program to keep information in the database current.
Take Me Home is voluntary. Information is kept confidential and only accessed by RRPD Communications and RRPD officers. The program was initially developed by the Pensacola Police Department in Florida.
Lock Box Program
The “Lock Box” program gives emergency workers a quick way to gain entry to the homes of citizens at a high risk of needing emergency assistance without causing the damage and expense that comes with forced entry into a home during an emergency. Citizens eligible for this service include the elderly and those who are handicapped or have limited mobility.
The “Lock Box” program provides police, fire and EMS workers with a coded exterior key-box eliminating the need to break doors or windows to gain entry. When the police department receives a call from a residence equipped with a lock box, the dispatcher relays the lock-box code and other related information to a public safety technician. For security purposes, the code changes once a lock box has been used to open the door. If the dispatch computer system malfunctions, officers can look up the code manually.
There is no charge for using this program. We welcome lock box donations year-round, whether in the form of monetary donations or lock boxes themselves.
Wide Angle Door Scopes
Wide angle door scopes (peep holes) are available to Round Rock citizens. These door scopes are ideal for the elderly and mobility/visually impaired individuals. From 7 feet away from the door, individuals have a 180 degree, color view outside the door, removing the difficulties of small viewing holes and peep hole-to-person height variations.
There is no charge for using this program. We welcome door scope donations year-round, whether in the form of monetary donations or door scopes themselves.
Telephone Assurance Program
A team of RRPD volunteers makes daily wellness calls to our Round Rock seniors. This service is particularly helpful to homebound seniors or those without family living in the area.
There is no charge for using this program. If you are interested in receiving daily wellness calls, please fill out this form (Word/PDF). If you have any questions or are interested in becoming a caller for the TAP program, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator Abigail Lewing by email or by phone at 512-218-5520.
Adopt-a-Cop is a program that enhances relationships between RRPD and the citizens of Round Rock by assigning Round Rock Police Department Officers and civilian staff to Round Rock citizens who will support, thank, and encourage their RRPD Personnel. The program is open to citizens of Round Rock, and all Police Department employees. Adopting RRPD Personnel can be as simple and as impactful as sending cards and praying for them.
Strengthen the relationship between Department personnel, citizens, businesses, and local religious organizations.
- Build trust among participants and provide educational opportunities to empower citizens.
- Provide an interactive hands-on approach to community policing by encouraging supportive collaboration.
- Emphasize the importance of compassion and spiritual reinforcement.
- Encourage the exchange of information and concerns between the community and the adopted employee.
- Reassure the community about their safety and crime prevention methods.
- Establish and maintain a close relationship with the community and RRPD to ensure a unified front in the face of any situation that may occur in the future.
Citizens Police Academy
The Citizens Police Academy (CPA) is a free 12-week program that gives community members opportunities to experience first-hand the realities of life as a police officer in the Round Rock Police Department. The Citizens Police Academy is an example of the successes borne of the partnership between the police and the community. One of many continued efforts to develop citizen awareness and understanding of the role of law enforcement, the Round Rock Police Department offers the Citizens Police Academy for residents of all backgrounds and occupations.
For the Spring, classes are Tuesdays from 7 to 10 p.m. starting March 5 and ending with a graduation ceremony on Wednesday, May 28.
The program involves both classroom and interactive instruction, including but not limited to:
- Officer selection process
- Officer training and duties
- Emergency-vehicle driver training
- Investigation skills
- Firearms Training, SWAT and K-9 Demonstrations
To be eligible for CPA, you must be a citizen of Round Rock. Graduates are eligible for additional training and volunteer opportunities such as Citizens on Patrol, as well as membership in the Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association (CPAAA). For more information please email CPA@roundrocktexas.gov.
Explorers Post 1096
The Round Rock Police Explorer Program introduces young men and women to the police profession and acquaints them with the nature and complexity of law enforcement. The program encourages them to seek careers in law enforcement, while giving them a solid foundation upon which to build. The program also provides a prospective employer with an evaluation for each Explorer who seeks employment as a police officer. A well-managed Law Enforcement Explorer Post can have a positive influence on the department and the community through demonstration of many valuable contributions offered by Explorers. The Explorer program provides law enforcement an opportunity to invest in its own future through constructive relationships with young adults considering a criminal justice career.
Becoming a member
To participate, an individual:
- Must be between the ages of 14 and 20.
- Must be able to attend weekly meeting on Monday nights between the hours of 6:00pm and 9:00pm.
- Must also have open flexibility to attend community events and Explorer competitions that occur mainly on weekends.
- To provide a program of training that educates young adults on the purpose, mission, and objectives of law enforcement agencies.
- To provide an opportunity for service, practical experiences, competition, and recreation.
- To help prepare Explorers to become better citizens and community members through character development, physical fitness, good citizenship, and patriotism.
The Explorer Program is an official, department-sponsored program. For further information, please e-mail email@example.com or call 512-218-5500. The Round Rock Police Department Explorer Post is chartered by the Boy Scouts of America, though the Chief of Police is the final authority regarding any aspect of the program’s administration.
Junior Police Academy
The Junior Police Academy (JPA) is a nationwide program with a 20-year history of emphasizing community responsibility among young citizens and public servants. During the summer months, Round Rock Police Department hosts free, week-long camps to strengthen the connection between law enforcement and local youth by giving them a chance to see what it’s like to be a police officer.
Modeled after the law enforcement police academy, the camp features physical training including an obstacle course, marching, and repelling. Students also view the inside of patrol and SWAT vehicles, K-9 units, and a police helicopter. The camp’s curriculum includes traffic safety, criminal investigations, alcohol and drug use, and self-defense. Campers also take field trips to locations around the area.
JPA Summer Camp Requirements:
- Be between the ages of 8 and 14
- Round Rock resident
- Attend school in Round Rock ISD system (Charter and Home School is acceptable)
2019 Summer Camp Dates:
- June 3-6 (8 & 9 year olds)
- June 10-13 (8 & 9 year olds)
- June 24-27 (10 & 11 year olds)
- July 8-11 (12 to 14 year olds)
- July 15-18 (8 & 9 year olds)
- July 29 – Aug. 1 (10 & 11 year olds)
The application window is scheduled to open the morning of Monday, March 4. Registration fills incredibly quickly, so keep watch of the Round Rock Police Department on social media for the latest info.
The camp is possible thanks to the School Resource Officers, the Round Rock Police Department, Round Rock ISD and many supporting community members. The Department is able to provide this program annually through local sponsors. The Junior Police Academy welcomes donations and sponsors to assist with the purchase of food, equipment, and snacks for participants. If you have questions about becoming a sponsor or making a donation, please call 512-218-5500.