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Sheriff Javier Salazar asks county for additional deputies, investigators to handle uptick in violent crime

SAN ANTONIO – Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar says he wants extra deputies on the streets to fight elevated crime in rising areas.

Salazar wrote a letter on Friday asking the commissioners court docket to “approve the addition of 12 patrol deputies and increase our Criminal Investigations Division by at least 5 criminal investigators.”

He said that additional deputies are wanted to adequately handle an increase in violent crime in advance of the summer season months.

“Ask anybody in law enforcement and anybody that has any interest in crime, ‘When are you busy? When is your busiest time of the year?’ Everybody says summer,” stated Salazar.

He added that the rise in crime has created a pressure on the already taxed resources of the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office. Salazar stated additional CID investigators could be assigned to violent crimes.

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“If you get investigators that are buried under a caseload, it’s hard to give individualized attention to any one of those case files,” stated Salazar. “Getting more investigators to spread that caseload out more evenly will allow us to give individualized attention to each one of those cases but additionally give ourselves the advantage and allow us to solve more cases in the process.”

Salazar famous that “shootings, domestic assaults, human trafficking, and other crimes against persons are daily occurrences.” But he stated the spike in violent crime can be a results of thieves breaking into automobiles and stealing weapons, and it’s a main concern for BCSO.

“People are getting their guns stolen out of cars, and then those guns are being in turn used to commit violent crimes,” stated Salazar. “It’s careless gun owners that are leaving that gun under the seat of their car, forgetting about it, going to bed and leaving their car unlocked in a lot of these cases.”

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“The chances are they are going to find a gun either under the seat, in the glove box or the center console. And then that gun can be used against an innocent citizen or law enforcement officer,” stated Salazar.

In the letter, Salazar additionally referenced an unsolved string of automobile break-ins in west Bexar County in April, the place the suspects have been overtly carrying weapons in Alamo Ranch neighborhoods.

“As the county grows, the crime issues grow and morph, and some areas get worse. We have to continue to grow with the county to keep up with the urban sprawl,” stated Salazar.

Salazar stated whereas his recruiters are working proactively to fill BCSO vacancies, he hopes to meet with commissioners over the subsequent few weeks to talk about his proposal earlier than a finances is finalized.

You can learn the letter from Sheriff Salazar to the commissioners court docket under.

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