BCSO not releasing names of employees arrested

When you work for a law enforcement agency the public expects you to follow the rules. But finding out details about the arrest of a public servant isn't always easy.

SAN ANTONIO - When you work for a law enforcement agency, the public expects you to follow the rules. But finding out the details around the arrest of a public servant isn't easy.

The Texas Attorney General determined years ago that when someone is arrested, the arresting agency has to provide basic information, such as the defendant's name and charge.

It seems simple enough, but it's something the Bexar County Sheriff's Office has been hesitant to do lately.

On Wednesday, a two-line message sent to KENS 5 and other media outlets said a 34-year-old civilian employee at the Bexar County Sheriff's Office "was discovered taking county property."

The statement concluded by saying that a "class c misdemeanor citation for theft" was issued and the employee is being processed for termination.

BCSO failed to name the employee and has not responded to requests for the employee's photo.

It's not the first time Sheriff Javier Salazar's administration has ignored requests.

On March 24 a BCSO deputy was arrested on charges that he assaulted his wife. BCSO failed to identify that officer.

A press release stated, "changes in the detention officer’s employment status are likely, and will be announced at a later time."

That announcement has yet to come.

Last month, another civilian employee at the Sheriff's Office, Luis Saldivar, was arrested after he was accused of tipping off a capital murder suspect, telling the suspect he had a warrant out for his arrest.

Sheriff Salazar held a press conference and confirmed Saldivar's name only after KENS 5 broke the news of the arrest online.

Even though the names and photos of other suspected criminals are released 24/7 by the BCSO, it's unclear why these employees' information is being protected.

Sheriff Salazar has not responded to our request for an interview.

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