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DARE program reconstituted, inmate work crews curtailed

By Judith Pannebaker BCC Editor

Bandera County Sheriff Dan Butts

"The DARE program has been reconstituted in the Bandera Independent School District," Sheriff Daniel "Dan" Butts reported during the Thursday, March 27, meeting of Bandera County Commissioners Court
Deputy Marti Watts recently graduated from DARE training, he said.
An international education program, DARE is designed to prevent use of controlled drugs, gang membership and violent behavior in elementary, middle and high school students. The program is an important component of the American war on drugs.
Students who enter the program sign a pledge not to use drugs or join gangs. Using an interactive in-school curriculum, which lasts 10 weeks, local police officers teach students about the dangers of drug use.
"We met with Bandera ISD Superintendent Regina Howell, elementary staff from the Alkek Elementary fifth grade, vice principal from Bandera Middle School and the principal from Hill Country Elementary to schedule kick off dates to implement the DARE program," Butts told the court.
Butts also informed the court that priorities for inmate work crews from the county jail will be concentrating working at the animal control facility and at dumpster stations. "Until we get caught up at the dumpster stations, all other projects for work crews will be curtailed," Butts said.
During the February, BCSO officers also participated in the seizure of 22 neglected donkeys from a ranch in Tarpley. "They are no longer in our custody," Butts said. The donkeys were transported to Peaceful Valley Donkey Rescue in San Marcos.
Delivering his departmental report for February, Butts said that deputies and investigators had responded to 546 calls, driving a total of 33,427 miles. In addition, deputies acted as primary respondents to six calls in the City of Bandera. For priority calls, response time was 12 minutes, 11 seconds.
In February, deputies made 37 arrests with 11 felonies and 26 misdemeanors. Law enforcement officers with the BCSO assisted other agencies 39 times and the public nine times.
Breaking down crimes showed 29 property crimes and 10 against persons.
During February, BCSO deputies impounded 21 dogs and a single cat. The average dog and cat population in the animal control facility was 26 and five, respectively.
The telecommunications department, housed in the sheriff's office at the Bandera County Jail and Justice Center on Highway 173 North fielded 5,972 calls during February with 1,438 being 9-1-1 calls.
The Bandera County Grand Jury handed down 15 indictments out of 15 total assigned cased. Seven felony and no misdemeanor cases were filed.
Regarding support services, deputies served 38 warrants and executed 18 civil documents. There were 14 district court appointments and nine county court appointments. Additionally, deputies participated in six out-of-county transports.
A total of 75 prisoners were booked into the county jail in February with an average inmate population of 57. The average contract inmate population from surrounding counties was 15.
Butts also noted his department has open positions for a jailer and dispatcher.