Local officer says it is ‘not the same’ at the jail

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Waco – He offers his information in hope his name won’t be printed.

But a local officer who cruises the roads looking for people who are wanted on unaided warrants issued by courts and corrections officials said in writing he doesn’t like the changes he’s seen in staff performance at the McLennan County Jail.

It’s not the easiest job in the world, and it definitely has its moments of sheer terror, punctuated by doldrums of extreme tedium.

As you read his remarks, you begin to realize – slowly, it dawns upon you – that he is talking about the actual conditions that affect his daily routine.

It doesn’t look good. This cop’s report makes you glad you don’t have to know how it feels. It says a whole lot in a few words.

He prefaced his remarks by saying, I have been enthusiastically scanning your page daily to keep up with the events taking place within the McLennan County Sheriffs Office and the McLennan County Jail. Much of what’s taken place isn’t that hard to believe when you’ve been in law enforcement in McLennan County for almost 14 years, as I have.

It came as a surprise to hear a veteran cop admit that, I truly believe the majority of law enforcement officers try to do the right thing on a daily basis. However – we, like every other profession – have officers within our ranks who entered this career field solely for the pleasure of exerting their ‘assumed authority’ over everyone else. We are constantly reminded of this every time we turn on the news, or open a news app on our devices…

There is no triumph in hearing an officer say these things. After all, he represents We The People. It stings.

It’s even worse when you realize he works for us.

This guy wasn’t so sure when he first began to read reports in these columns about conditions at the McLennan County Sheriff’s Office.

When I read your first reports of what was allegedly taking place at the McLennan County Jail, I have to say I was a little bit skeptical, but none the less kept coming back for updates.

But then an awkward and unnecessarily delayed experience with foot-dragging staff at the Jail confirmed what his fellow officers, most of them Jail Division employees, have been reporting to The Legendary.

My recent experience at the McLennan County Jail validated in my mind what had been reported

He wants to share his impressions with our readers, so that you may continue to report the facts from people that are experiencing this first hand.

It doesn’t look good.

Our anonymous officer said the bottom line, the net net, is that 16 corrections staff members by his count spent an hour doing what would ordinarily take 15 minutes, to take custody of an inmate arrested on an unaided warrant, and book him into the jail.

During a recent shift, I made a traffic stop on a vehicle for a speeding violation, and after running a records check on the driver, found there was an active TCIC (Texas Crime Information Computer) warrant for that person’s arrest. After confirming the warrant with the entering agency, the driver was taken into custody.

While waiting for a tow truck to arrive, I completed all the necessary paperwork in order to expedite processing at the jail, which would also minimize the amount of time I had to spend there, and out of service. Upon my arrival I stood in the sally port with my prisoner for approximately 10 minutes waiting for a jailer to come from the booking area in order to conduct a search of the prisoner prior to entering the facility. During this time there were no other officers with prisoners at the jail ahead of me, so this process should have been completed in a couple of minutes.

After the subject was searched we then entered the booking area of the jail, and I immediately noticed I didn’t recognize the majority of the jailers and booking staff. I counted the staff I saw while there, and of the 16 I saw, I only recognized maybe 3 or 4 of them at the most. Several of them appeared to still be wet behind the ears. Needless to say, the process of the jail staff accepting my prisoner and releasing me to return to my patrol duties was, I feel, unnecessarily extended.

The entire process was very disorganized, and as I sat there watching and waiting, everything I had read in the last few days and weeks seemed to be more true than not.

I do not claim to know any specifics about the current and/or former employees of the county jail, and what may or may not have taken place, but it was obvious to me things are definitely not the same.

If you are able to use this information without printing my name I would appreciate it, and I will most definitely provide you with future experiences if they are relevant to this story.

Sir, on that condition, you have my solemn promise.

I have spoken.

So mote it be.

  • The Legendary

NEXT: A jail staffer with 8 and a half years of experience opens up about working conditions and why she is sure she knows taxpayers are really getting their money’s worth when it comes to the way top leadership is tasked and how they perform their duties. Watch this column for a posting later today, Tuesday, March 29 

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