Your Voice Is Being Heard!
The DSABC’s KEEP BEXAR SAFE campaign is raising awareness of the critical staffing shortages at the Bexar County jail and now action is being taken to reduce the jail population.
Since its launch on February 7th, the KEEP BEXAR SAFE campaign has reached tens of thousands of Bexar County residents and brought much-needed attention to this important issue.
- More than 81K people have seen our #KeepBexarSafe social media posts about the jail staffing shortage.
- Our #KeepBexarSafe social media posts have been “Liked” and commented on more than 12K times.
- The #KeepBexarSafe billboard has now received an estimated 650K+ ‘impressions’ (views).
- Almost 400 concerned Bexar County citizens sent emails to Bexar County Commissioners asking them to address the staffing shortage.
Now, the KEEP BEXAR SAFE campaign is getting results:
- The Sheriff is taking steps to safely lower the jail population, thereby reducing the need for mandatory overtime (MOT) to fill staffing gaps and increasing the safety of detention officers, inmates, and ultimately our community.
- As the jail population decreases, as units close, and as we process new applicants, we should see a significant reduction in MOT.
- New deputies are on the way. There are currently two cadet classes at the academy with a total of 36 cadets. They’ll be “on the ground” in early April.
- 55 applicants are scheduled to take the test on March 28. This is for the May class.
- New recruitment ads are going up and testing and processing will continue.
With these changes, we have seen both Forced No-Relief (FNR) and Forced MOT go away this week. That means we are down to one day of overtime a week!
That’s our job, to support Deputy Sheriff’s and bring attention to issues that impact their safety, well-being, and benefits.
Our KEEP BEXAR SAFE campaign would not have gotten these results without the support of DSABC members and the people of Bexar County who responded to our Call to Action.
But our work isn’t done!
We’re just getting started.
The Jail is Short-Staffed.
Over 200+ Officer Vacancies.
Detention Officers are overworked and in danger.
16 “erroneous” releases from the county jail in 2019.
Are we safe?
On December 12, 2019, two Sheriff’s Deputies were brutally assaulted by inmates at the short-staffed Bexar County jail. One of the detention deputies was stabbed in the face and before that, another deputy was attacked, resulting in a broken leg that required reconstructive surgery.
- The Sheriff is working Detention Officers overtime to fill staffing gaps. His mismanagement regarding recruitment has brought us to this crisis point, and things have to change.
- It’s time for the Sheriff to take staffing at the jail seriously. With over 200 vacancies, the jail is becoming increasingly dangerous for detention officers, inmates, and ultimately, our community.
- Staffing issues may also be responsible for the fact that we had 16 “erroneous” releases of inmates at the jail in 2019, an unacceptable number, as there should never be erroneous releases.
- 2019 also saw 9 inmate deaths, including three suicides.
The Deputy Sheriff’s Association of Bexar County (DSABC) believes that the Sheriff alone is at fault for this staffing crisis that’s resulted in over-worked and over-stressed deputies who are having to do an already tough job in increasingly dangerous conditions.
The Commissioner’s Court has done their part and given the Sheriff a budget that would allow him to fully staff our jail. But the Sheriff is not doing his job, which is to fill these positions and reach out to the community to recruit quality candidates.
Don’t you think it’s time for the Sheriff to finally take staffing seriously and fix the never-ending problems at the Bexar County jail?
Let your County Officials know that you support Sheriff’s Deputies and want to keep our community safe by fully staffing our jail.
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