Concerns raised over Bexar County Sheriff's Office substation

Deputies upset with new substatioin, construction ongoing at location

Published On: Sep 27 2012 06:28:46 AM CDT   Updated On: Sep 27 2012 06:31:14 AM CDT
SAN ANTONIO -

There are concerns about the Bexar County Sheriff's Office new substation. The sheriff's office only has one substation and it used to be housed in an old elementary school on the West Side.

But the lease was terminated and the department had about 90 days to clear out so it temporarily moved into a group of trailers.

"I mean that's an embarrassment for an organization as big as ours," said Joel Janssen with the Deputy Sheriff's Association of Bexar County.

Construction is still ongoing, but BCSO's new substation is up and running as of this week.

The entire patrol division and the training academy are housed at the location and many tell KSAT they're not happy with the new location.

A deputy claimed contractors are finding rattlesnakes and scorpions. Another questioned how effective deputies if it rains and they have to tow their cars out of the mud. A third deputy said response times will be slower.

The Bexar County Sheriff's Office says moving isn't easy and even sympathizes with some of the frustrations of it's deputies. But it says the new substations housed in those temporary trailers are more than adequate.

Chief Deputy Sheriff Manuel Longoria admits there are a few things left to smooth out, but says operations will not be affected.

Computer systems are almost ready to go online and construction is nearly done. "Ask these deputies once they've been in the trailers a little bit, compared to where they were at before and they're going to tell you it is better," Longoria said.

Longoria added response times will not be affected because the office will stagger shifts, keeping officers on the streets at all times.

However KSAT wanted to know why a permanent location had not been built.

"Why hasn't it happened, what's standing in the way of making that happen? Really it's the amount of money that goes towards jail operations rather than law enforcement patrol, that's really what the crux of the problem is," Kevin Wolff, Precinct 3 Commissioner.

Two new sub stations are reportedly in the works and could be ready in two years.