Students learn about jobs of Travis County Deputies


by ASHLEY GOUDEAU / KVUE News & Photojournalist J. P. HARRINGTON

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Posted on August 3, 2013 at 6:22 PM

Updated Saturday, Aug 3 at 6:41 PM

AUSTIN -- On Saturday, Austin area students learned about the jobs of Travis County Sheriff's Deputies.

They sponsored a free back to school safety bash. From extinguishing digital flames to making stuffed animals for children and seniors in need, even getting those less than pleasant vaccines.

There are plenty of things to do at the Travis County back to school safety bash.

Brothers Hunter Martin and Clayton Cornado weren't expecting to have so much fun when their mom pulled them out on a Saturday morning.

"I thought it was going to be less stuff. It was actually pretty interesting," said Cornado.

"It's fun because they got all the people here and they show me everything," said Hunter Martin. For the Travis County deputies, the main goal is to keep these children safe.

"It's important in our minds that we get the kids out here and learn some things like bicycle safety and we've got a child ID station for the parents and kids so they can get the kid fingerprinted," said Captain Frank Lofton with the Travis County Sheriff's Office.

The most popular tent at the back to school bash belongs to the corrections tactical unit. Here kids are able to learn all about the non-lethal weapons the team uses including things like rubber bullets. They're also able to gas mask and talk one-on-one with the officers.

The event also gives the deputies time to connect with the people they serve.

"A lot of times whenever you do see a law enforcement officer, it's because something bad has happened and so we like to try and take these opportunities to get out and let the kids actually meet us and get to see what we're like. That we're just like their mom and dad," said Captian Lofton.

Teaching important lessons to help Travis County kids prepare for a successful school year.

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