Sheriff-Elect Javier Salazar is prepping to assume his new role.
His transition preparations are in motion, “getting some help, have a few great folks from within the Sheriff’s Office that are helping out, and of course I’ve got some folks that are outside offering some input,” he said.
His last day with SAPD is December 31st. That night he’ll be sworn in as the Sheriff of Bexar County, a position with challenges.
“We need to make sure that we are getting manpower back up to where it needs to be, but of course that’s hinging heavily on the morale of the people that are there,” he said.
And then there’s deputy conduct. It’s a concern, he said, but he thinks it ties into recruitment as well.
“You need to make sure that you’re recruiting people into the law enforcement, criminal justice profession, the detention profession, people that are coming in it for the right reasons,” he said. “Those are the right kind of folks that you’re looking for.”
And he said training and good policies help too.