Author: Jim Dudley and Doug Wyllie

By PoliceOne Staff

AUSTIN, Texas — A sheriff’s office in Texas didn’t receive rifle-resistant body armor because a sheriff won’t commit to the governor’s immigration policy.

KXAN reports that in January, Gov. Greg Abbott announced the state would fund $23 million in grants to purchase 33,000 rifle-resistant body armors for more than 450 law enforcement agencies. But the Travis County Sheriff’s Office didn’t apply for the grant because of a condition from the governor’s office.

The governor’s office required agencies applying for the grant to “sign a letter confirming compliance with ICE detainer requests both now and during the grant term of at least one year.” Despite being recommended to apply for the grant, Sheriff Sally Hernandez would not sign the letter committing to hold arrested undocumented immigrants for ICE.

County staff said Hernandez wanted to wait until the outcome of Senate Bill 4. In spring 2017, lawmakers passed the bill, which requires county sheriffs to honor ICE detainers or hold arrested people in jail until federal immigration officials pick them up for possible deportation.

Opponents of the law sued the state and the measure is now awaiting a ruling by an appeals court.

According to county documents, if the law is upheld, Hernandez “would sign the letter and the grant would be submitted.” But if the law is struck down or no action is taken, the sheriff will not sign it.

By signing the letter, Abbott’s office would also have “sole discretion” over approving the grants. The governor’s office can require agencies to honor ICE detainers whether SB 4 is upheld or not.

Hernandez is complying with SB 4 but doesn’t plan on signing the letter, according to a spokeswoman for the department. If the bill is struck down, the department will revert to their old policy and only hold people arrested for very violent crimes.

Travis County deputies currently have body armor that protects against low-caliber bullets. The department said they are searching for other funding sources to pay for better body armor.

Your Account

Create or login to your account to enjoy discounts and rewards.

Share This
    Your Cart
    Your cart is emptyReturn to Shop
      Calculate Shipping
      Apply Coupon
      Available Coupons
      admin20 Get $20.00 off $20 off your cart total.
      adminpromo Get 100% off Free item offered by the administrator
      Unavailable Coupons
      adminsubscriptionretiredfirstpayment Get $120.00 off First payment of retired subscription when paid and added manually.
      cabinfreeweek Get $315.00 off A free week (7 days) at the associated cabin in one contiguous stay at the time of your choice.
      freebassentry Get 100% off
      golfsponsor Get 100% off Free admission to the tournament with a golf sponsorship.
      jh$25 Get $25.00 off Jonathon Hall reimbursement for shirt he purchased that was too small.
      ldf1month Get $13.00 off Prorate an LDF membership for 1 month discount
      ntcvendorcomp Get 100% off This coupon entitles the user to a free vendor table at the NTC conference.
      retired10 Get $10.00 off
      retired60 Get $60.00 off This discounts your current year renewal $60 since you already pre-paid $60 towards your renewal for this year.
      spmtc Get 20% off Special 20% Off all Motor T's for a limited time!