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There was a lot at stake on Super Tuesday in 2020, with a hotly contested Democratic presidential primary and several high-profile statewide and local primaries in Texas and Bexar County, respectively.


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The Bexar County Sheriff's office is launching a new safety awareness program to assist people with special needs when interacting with law enforcement or emergency responders.


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So far this year, 19 employees of the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office, including deputies and jailers, have been arrested for various incidents. Sheriff Javier Salazar says he’s disappointed with but not surprised at the situation.

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The Bexar County Sheriff’s Office announced Monday it has created a team of community liaisons to establish working relationships with culturally diverse communities.

 

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Bexar County residents caught in possession of marijuana or accused of certain misdemeanors can receive a ticket and be let go under the county’s new Criminal Intervention Through Education program. The process is commonly referred to as cite and release.

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Sheriff’s deputies will go from an annual 24 hours to 40 hours of training under a new directive from Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar. Additional hours will focus on many subjects, including community policing.

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So far in 2017, two people have committed suicide while incarcerated at the Bexar County Adult Detention Center. Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar announced Monday that a team of four deputies will help patrol the jail and screen at-risk inmates.  


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Following a court order from the US 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton says he will begin receiving complaints and begin the process of prosecuting local law enforcement officials who violate the State’s sanctuary cities ban.  But how this will affect immigration detainer policies at the Bexar County jail.

SB4 also known as the sanctuary cities law authorizes the Attorney General to pursue civil penalties against, or remove from office, local officials who do not enforce federal immigration laws and detainers.

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Seven veteran Bexar County Sheriff’s Deputies have been placed on administrative leave for ten days following a hazing ritual involving one of the deputies.  During the incident, county issued handcuffs, county issued shackles, and a county issued taser were used.  All of the deputies are members of SERT, the Special Emergency Response Team at the Jail.

They were all given letters on Monday notifying them of the leave that is due to them as part of their collective bargaining agreement, according to Sheriff Javier Salazar.

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A guard in the Bexar County Juvenile Detention Facility has been arrested for a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old female inmate. Twenty-three-year old Jasqell Jamal Spell was fired from his job and is now being held in the Bexar County Jail.

 

Aristides Jimenez is Deputy Chief of the Public Integrity Unit for the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office.