Making a Difference in the Community
Service to the Community is a Priority at Pct. 5
Constable 5 is proud of the fact that we help make Travis County a safer and better place to live. Whether it is helping educate the community about Disabled Parking abuse, raising awareness of Domestic Violence issues, or mentoring students, each member of the staff takes these efforts very seriously
Constable Lopez has been a tireless advocate for citizens who deserve access to disabled parking spaces. He has been instrumental in supporting the Disabled Parking Volunteer program originally envisioned by Constable Bruce Elfant. Under his watch, the program has been expanded to over 70 volunteers who help make sure that disabled parking laws are enforced. Deputies assigned to DPE also write tickets and seize illegal placards.
The Constable and his staff are members of the Austin Travis County Domestic Violence Taskforce which brings together groups that address domestic violence in our community. The office participates in the Laurie Wright Paddle Parade for Safe Families and raises funds and donates supplies for SafePlace residents. The Constable is helping chair a new program, "Men as Allies" which highlights how men can also help stop the cycle of domestic abuse.
Other programs include the Underage Drinking Prevention Program (UDPP) where deputies visit middle and high schools to share the reality of underage drinking. For many of the students, this is the first time they have heard the sobering statistics of what can really happen to them or their friends.
Silver Watch is a new initiative which has deputies stopping by to check on elderly county residents, to say hello and make sure they are doing okay. Since they are already in the area, it only takes a few minutes to see how folks are doing and whether they need assistance. Other community organizations stand ready to help out if need be.