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Bexar County Sheriff Susan Pamerleau is looking for funds in other places after her office was denied almost $100,000 worth of equipment funding from a federal grant.

The Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant is a fund to help state and local entities prevent or reduce crime and violence and is administered through the Justice Department.

The sheriff hoped to get some of the local funds to purchase vests, helmets, AR15 rifles, and shields for deputies in case of a violent incident at the civil or criminal courthouse.

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Bexar County is moving ahead to the next step in their effort to reduce the number of non-violent repeat offenders in county jails, which costs the county millions per year.

The county’s re-entry program, which was proposed in a think-tank that met in San Antonio last year, now is getting a building and a curriculum.

The new center will be constructed in an old jail annex building down the street from the existing jail. Mike Lozito is designing the program according to the different needs identified by the committees in the re-entry council.

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Bexar County Sheriff Susan Pamerleau finally introduced new jail administrator Raul Banasco today, who said one of his first goals is to get jail staffing up to 100 percent and to make the command staff more visible.

"I am not an individual that micromanages, but it's important that the staff sees a presence and they feel comfortable enough with you to share some concerns," Banasco said. 

Javier Salazar

From the senseless deaths of children in Newtown, Connecticut at Sandy Hook Elementary, to the movie theater massacre in Aurora, Colorado, high-profile tragedies involving guns never cease to shock people across the nation.

The debate has sparked dialogue on whether the problem is guns, or the people behind them.

Bexar County Sheriff Susan Pamerleau said she believes mental illness is an issue that needs to be thoroughly examined.

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As part of National Police Week, San Antonio Police Department and Bexar County Sheriff's Department are honoring their slain officers and deputies.

SAPD held a ceremony earlier this week and Sheriff Susan Pamerleau will hold a special candlelight vigil Thursday evening for members of her department - the first time Bexar County has held such a private event.

On Friday deputies will gather for the annual public ceremony, where Sgt. Yvonne Vann, wife of Sgt. Kenneth Vann, who was shot and killed while on duty in May 2011, will speak.

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