A new substation for the Bexar County Sheriff's Office could be approved Tuesday by county commissioners.
Plans for the new substation in the northwest part of the county -- the fastest growing part of Bexar County -- were unveiled by county leaders Monday afternoon.
"Having a patrol substation gets us to the fight faster," said Sheriff Susan Pamerleau. "It's manpower savings, but also making sure the community is recognizing that there's law enforcement in their area."
The department's West Patrol officers would be housed in the new substation. Currently, they drive 50 miles one way from BCSO's only substation on the south side to reach the northwest side.
For that reason, Pamerleau says the creation of the new substation could save $600,000 each year.
The south side substation off of Southton Road is a temporary set up made up of portable buildings and a dirt and gravel parking lot.
"It's not optimal, but it's served it purpose," said Pamerleau. "We've known for a period if time that we needed to provide a better location."
The new substation would be situated on four acres of landed roughly 1,500 feet off of Loop 1604 near Wiseman Blvd.
The land is being donated to the county by Hugo Gutierrez, who plans to develop 3,456 acres into homes, apartments, and commercial space on the northwest side.
The development and donation would establish a Public Improvement District that would help create new roads, drainage and general infrastructure.
"Instead of paying taxes to the city, (residents) would pay it to this Public Improvement District which would be governed by a seven-member board elected eventually from citizens who live there," said Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff.
West Patrol officers will move from the south side substation to the northwest side location.
Parmerleau says the south side location will eventually be closed, although she could not say when.
The money for the northwest substation is already in the county budget.
If approved by county commissioners, the plan will be voted on by the San Antonio city council since the land for the substation is within the city's extraterritorial jurisdiction.