Updated: Jul 6
Sergeant David Carroll (Retired) majored in Psychology at Texas A&I University from 1984 through 1989. While there he earned a commission as an Infantry Lieutenant with the U.S. Army Reserves. He then earned his Batcher’s of Science in Criminal Justice from the University of Houston-Victoria in 1994. Over a 29-year Criminal Justice career, from 1994 through 2023, Sergeant Carroll served as a Probation Officer, Corrections Officer in Victoria, Refugio, and Travis County. He joined the Travis County Sheriff’s Office in 1997 and served with honor as a Senior Corrections Officer (Jailer), Deputy Sheriff on Patrol and with the Crisis Intervention Team, Senior Deputy Sheriff on Patrol and with the Crisis Intervention Team, Field Training Officer, Detective (Family Violence Crimes Unit, White Collar Crimes Unit, and Homicide), Patrol Sergeant, and Crisis Intervention Team Sergeant. He retired from Travis County in May of 2023.
Sergeant Carroll served three tours with the TCSO Crisis Intervention Team (CIT). He served with the team as a Deputy from 2003 through 2006, as a Senior Deputy and FTO from 2011 through 2012, and as Team Sergeant from 2019 through 2023. As CIT Sergeant, he served as a member of the Behavioral Health Criminal Justice Advisory Committee, Travis County Threat Assessment Team, and the Mental Crisis Treatment and Placement Solutions discussion group (MCTaPS). MCTaPS is a discussion group put together by Sergeant Carroll to address short-term and long-term solutions for the Mental Health crisis in Central Texas. It is made up of multi-discipline and multi-agency persons including Psychiatrists, Nurses, Social Workers, Judges, Attorneys, and Peace Officers from multiple agencies across Travis County.
From 2003 through 2020, Sergeant Carroll served ancillary duty with the Crisis Negotiation Team (CNT) in every role from Primary Negotiator to Team Leader and Team Coordinator. Sergeant Carroll was a member of the first TCSO Crisis Negotiation Team to be under the SWAT Lieutenant and operate and train under the FBI/NYPD model of Crisis Negotiation. During his time with the CNT, he took active part in the successful and peaceful resolution of numerous crisis situations to include hostage situations, kidnapping, barricaded persons, and suicidal persons.
Sergeant Carroll held the additional ancillary duty of Adjunct Instructor with the Travis County Sheriff’s Academy from 1999 through 2023 teaching classes including, Crisis Intervention Training, Basis Crisis Negotiation, Crisis Communication, Mental Health Peace Officer Certification, and Report/Narrative Writing. He is considered to be a subject matter expert in Crisis Intervention, Crisis Negotiations, and Crisis Communication.
During his service to Travis County, Sergeant Carroll earned numerous recognitions including letters of commendation, Employee of the Year, a Commendation Bar, and the Sheriff’s Medal of Honor.