BCSO officially ends practice of preferential treatment for deputies in custody

Salazar calls handling of Cpl. Kailin Kruger 'unnecessary blackeye'

SAN ANTONIO – Records obtained by the KSAT 12 Defenders on Thursday confirm that the Bexar County Sheriff's Office has officially ended the practice of giving preferential treatment to arrested deputies at the Central Magistrate's Office.

The new protocol, announced Sept. 14, requires county detention staff to release all arrested people who have posted bond through the same door.

The formal policy change came days after the arrest of BCSO Corporal Kailin Kruger, who was escorted out the back of the Central Magistrate's Office and away from the view of the public and multiple news cameras.

"This was an unnecessary blackeye that needlessly complicated things. We need a directive put out as soon as possible that under NO CIRCUMSTANCES are we to walk anybody out any special doors. They leave that facility just the same way as John Q Citizen would have to," Salazar wrote in an email that was sent to his command staff a day after Kruger's arrest on suspicion of driving while intoxicated.

Kruger is one of 20 BCSO deputies arrested so far this year.

Her next court appearance is scheduled for November 30.

Protocol for Releasing Arrested Individuals

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Dillon is a Houston Press Club Journalist of the Year and Texas Associated Press Broadcasters Reporter of the Year. His relentless work includes uncovering the misuse of funds within a local housing authority and prompting a congressional inquiry at Fort Sam Houston.