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Seeking to rebuild public trust and improve the safety and effectiveness of his agency, Frio County Sheriff Mike Morse held an orientation session last week for all department staff.
Morse and his command staff conducted the department-wide event to establish new policies and procedures for the agency.
“Accountability was lacking for far too long here,” Chief Deputy Peter Salinas said this week. “It will all end now.”
During the Thursday meeting, deputies and jailers were subjected to a written examination that covered their knowledge of the Texas Penal Code, the Code of Criminal Procedures and other subjects including math and grammar.
Salinas said once the tests are scored deputies will have training sessions tailored to them by in any areas they may need.
“We want the deputies to be up to the standards the sheriff expects,” Salinas said. “This skills test is the first step to build the foundation and give us an idea where everyone stands.”
Records filed at the sheriff’s office show that six deputies left the department prior to Morse taking office. Those vacancies have since been filled.
“The goal is to have the highest standards for these young men and women so that they can better serve the county residents,” the chief deputy said.