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Highlights from the Bexar Sheriff Debate
From Sheriff Javier Salazar (D):
- “We are going to be on the right side of history from the things I have implemented at the Sheriff’s Office.”
- “We need to look like the community we serve.”
- “My opponent has stated he wants to keep the disciplinary process out of the eyes of the public. I disagree with that vehemently.”
- “If you work in the public sector, when you work in public safety, privacy goes out the window. We have to maintain transparency.”
- “We are very selective over the people that get into our agency. Over 90% of those who apply do not get in.”
- “We’ve doubled the number of training hours and we have the longest Detention Academy in the State of Texas.”
- Emphatic yes to the “Cite and Release” program. Jails “should be for those that are a threat to the community, not low-level crimes” like drugs, etc.
- Says he has "doubled programs" within jails to combat recidivism. Says Bexar has a 50% rate compared to the national 70%.
- "Absolutely" to combating deportations/deportation process by means necessary and refraining from sharing info with ICE.
From Candidate Gerry Rickhoff (R):
- “We don’t see color, and we recognize the body language as the primary indicator of where the intervention is going to take place and how the interaction is going to take place.”
- “The staff needs to look like the community they police. We will work very hard to ensure there is equality in the employment process.”
- “Officers that are policing these areas need to know so many of the people in the community by name. I would challenge officers to take meals with people.”
- Wants a “European Model” when addressing high incarceration and recidivism.
- Wants to follow the State Legislature when it comes to immigration. Says he follows the "rule of law."
- “I think we should spend more training on ethics and the basic of virtues that we are all vaccinated at our kitchen table with from our parents.”
- “I agree with the Sheriff, the jail is really in large part a hospital, it’s a treatment center.”
- Should utilize treatment when needed over incarceration, says it’s the European Model that we should utilize.