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Awaiting the New Rules at TCSO
Sheriff's Office awaits implementation of Priority Enforcement Program
News Story  December 31, 2014, by Tony Cantú
"...Asked how the changes might affect local enforcement, TCSO Senior Public Informa­tion Officer Roger Wade said the office is still awaiting instructions from the Department of Homeland Security – which oversees ICE – on how to proceed at the local level in dealing with detainees found to be undocumented. "Your question concerning the executive order passed down by the president to end S-Comm and replace it with the Priority Enforcement Program (PEP) is interesting," Wade wrote in a Dec..."

Sheriff Over ICE
Dem candidates spar over the TCSO role in immigration
News Story  March 23, 2012, by Jordan Smith
"...At issue, says Sisson (and other foes of S-Comm) is that the federal program effectively mandates local law enforcement to act as an arm of ICE. The TCSO is not required to participate in the program, Sisson charges, and Hamilton's agreement to do so places many immigrant families at risk of deportation, including those without any violent criminal history..."

Election 2004
A crowded field angles to succeed Margo Frasier as sheriff
News Story  February 27, 2004, by Jordan Smith
"...voters are blessed with a field of intriguing candidates who, for the most part, agree on the direction the department needs to go – with the possible exception of Democrat contender and former Sheriff Raymond Frank, the lone retro candidate. (Unlike his opponents, Frank's public comments suggest that he thinks things at TCSO, for the most part, are OK just the way they are.) That said, the real distinctions among the eight are in the nuances of how they would move the TCSO forward and address a multitude of issues facing the office – from effectively serving a growing population with a relatively stagnant county tax base, to assuaging the internal strife between the office's law enforcement and correctional officers...."

Sheriff Hopefuls: Looking-at-Jail Time
Both McNeill and Hamilton say a new lockup is TCSO's top priority
News Story  October 8, 2004, by Jordan Smith
"...And if the county could get permission to use an existing architectural plan, "that would knock out the architectural fees," he said. Additionally, he said, the sheriff will need to make sure that any plan selected will allow efficient jail staffing – the current set up at Del Valle, he said, is "manpower-intensive," which translates into a heavier hit on the TCSO budget..."

A New Jail for Travis County?
County moves forward with new women's building despite vote to delay and community outcry
News Story  September 6, 2018, by Lindsay Stafford Mader
"...I toured three of the buildings with Major Nelda "Sally" Peña, the first woman to oversee the jail system in the county's history. Walking the campus, Peña smiles when she talks about her 27-year career with TCSO and her belief in the mission..."

Beside the Point: What’d You Expect?
On immigration and elsewhere, best to have a plan
News Column  July 27, 2017, by Chase Hoffberger
"...Travis County Sheriff's Office policy requires that ICE issue a warrant or court order for anyone the agency would like turned over who's not actively in custody for being charged with a violent crime (the definition of which does not include misdemeanor assault). ICE only sent its customary detainer request, which TCSO flatly denied..."

Naked City
APD and the sheriff take different approaches to comply with state law
News Story  March 5, 2004, by Jordan Smith
"...The TCSO made available a 17-page report, including numerous tables containing various data on stops and searches, broken down by race and gender, and several expository sections outlining methodology and various conclusions. In contrast, at press time, the APD's initial public offering of SB 1074 information was a five-page memo addressed to the mayor and City Council penned by APD Chief Stan Knee, with five tables containing data on, perhaps, the more salient stats, accompanied by relevant definitions – statistical Cliffs Notes for the data-scanning set...."

Wheat, Chaff Intact in Sheriff's Race
The seven candidates to replace Margo Frasier show few differences at forum
News Story  January 30, 2004, by Jordan Smith
"...After the TCSLEA forum, the wheat and chaff remained intact; while the questions posed to the candidates varied widely, their answers did not. All seven expressed support for finding a way to raise TCSO employees' salaries, fostering open communication between officers and management, and improving community relations..."

Craig Hutchinson’s Death Ruled a Suicide
TCSO sergeant had received diagnoses for anxiety and depression
DAILY News  August 12, 2016, by Chase Hoffberger
"...Hutchinson, a sworn officer with the Travis County Sheriff’s Office for 32 years who was set to retire with the rank of sergeant in September, shot himself in his Round Rock backyard at 1:28 that Monday morning. Gravell confirmed at a Friday press conference at Round Rock Police Headquarters that Hutchinson fired a bullet from his TCSO-issued weapon; the bullet pierced his left hand before entering into the left side of his forehead, just above his eyebrow...."

Naked City
News Story  March 1, 2007
"...20, when Austin Police arrested him on a drug-possession charge. A preliminary report from the Travis County Office of the Medical Examiner found no sign of injury or foul play, TCSO reported in a press release Monday..."

Our endorsements for the March 9 Republican and Democratic primaries
News Story  February 27, 2004
"...With eight candidates in the running – four on each side – voters are blessed with a host of good options. The TCSO needs a dynamic leader committed to hard work and new ideas to move the department forward – streamlining TCSO operations while remaining inside the constraints of the county's tax base...."

Our endorsements for the March 9 Republican and Democratic primaries
News Story  February 20, 2004
"...With eight candidates in the running – four on each side – voters are blessed with a host of good options. The TCSO needs a dynamic leader committed to hard work and new ideas to move the department forward – streamlining TCSO operations while remaining inside the constraints of the county's tax base...."

Asking Questions Later
News Story  April 12, 2002, by Jordan Smith
"...The Travis County District Attorney's office announced April 3 that a grand jury declined to indict Travis County Sheriff's Office Deputy Derek Hill, who shot and killed 19-year-old Tony Martinez during a drug raid in Del Valle. Hill and other members of the TCSO, in conjunction with the Capital Area Narcotics Task Force, had been executing a search warrant for accused drug dealers Edwin Delamora and Arturo Alvarez in the wee hours of Dec..."

County Delays Funding for New Women’s Jail
A surprising turn of events
News Story  March 8, 2018, by Lindsay Stafford Mader
"...The Del Valle correctional campus currently has a maximum female capacity of 358. While the female inmate population is 310, TCSO says it needs a larger facility because women are now housed in four buildings..."

Multiple Departments Investigate Deputy's Homicide
Sergeant Craig Hutchinson was shot and killed behind his Round Rock home early Monday morning
News Story  July 28, 2016, by Chase Hoffberger
"...Hutchinson, a 32-year veteran of TCSO who was set to retire in September, had just come off of a shift and was still in uniform back at his house early on Monday morning when he heard noises coming from a shed in his backyard. Suspecting a robbery, he called Round Rock's emergency communication center asking for backup at 1:22am, saying then that he saw an undetermined number of people running through his backyard, according to Travis County Sheriff Greg Hamilton, who gave an address early Monday morning outside Hutchinson's house on the 2000 block of Oak Meadow Drive..."

Who's That Not Knocking On My Door?
It's the police, but you wouldn't know it
DAILY News  February 20, 2014, by Jordan Smith
"...Included in the 108 agencies who have no written policy on conducting no-knock raids is the Travis County Sheriff's Office, TCRP's Executive Director Jim Harrington said. In an email, TCSO spokesman Roger Wade said that while there isn't a written policy, the TCSO has a written Standard Operating Procedure "on how to conduct the execution of a search warrant including no-knock search warrants." The office's SWAT unit "trains and conducts search warrants based on that SOP," he wrote...."

Demand vs. Supply
News Story  June 4, 2010, by Jordan Smith
"...David's South Austin Hospital, the city's second busiest ER. In 2009, the Travis County Sheriff's Office alone transported more than 100 people per month on average to local ERs; in total, TCSO handled more than 3,000 mental health cases in 2009, including repeat customers..."

Believing the Children
In 1992, Fran and Danny Keller were convicted of multiple counts of child sexual abuse at their Oak Hill day care center and sent to prison for 48 years. It's likely they were innocent. Indeed, it's very likely that no crime ever occurred – except an absurd and overzealous prosecution
News Story  March 27, 2009, by Jordan Smith
"...Wade set out to investigate. He visited Christina, her mother, and therapist David-Campbell that day and called in one of the TCSO's video interviewers, Karen Knox, to sit down with Christina for a forensic interview – a 13-minute session that produced, at best, mixed results..."

Getting a Ticket Beats Going to Jail
APD nips arrest policy to address jail overcrowding
News Story  October 10, 2008, by Jordan Smith
"...1, 2007. Last fall, TCSO spokesman Roger Wade said his office estimated that some 7,000 people booked into the jail in 2006 would have qualified for cite-and-release, saving the county about $1.2 million..."

Sheriff's Office Draws Heat for Helping ICE
County's willingness to oblige feds prompts backlash
News Story  March 21, 2008, by Patricia J. Ruland
"...But ICE's plan to set up a 24-hour operation at the jail has raised a number of red flags. In marathon testimony before Commissioners Court last month, immigrant-rights activists, including members of the Texas Civil Rights Project, sharply criticized TCSO officials, arguing the office was assisting in the racial profiling of suspected undocumented immigrants and unconstitutionally detaining legal residents on mere suspicion..."

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