Austin Local News
Advocates say TCSO should not get more funds until a federal deportation program is ended
Travis County Sheriff's Deputies are asking for a raise, saying they need to stay competitive. But advocates wanting to eliminate the Secured Communities program says they need to get rid of that first.
Lieutenant James Hodge tells commissioners it's difficult to recruit deputies when they are so far behind the pay scale for the A.P.D., "An entry level APD officer makes $42,000.00 a year. An entry level TCSO officer makes $38,900.00. After 18 weeks, the APD moves to $56,000. We stay at $38,900.00."
Christina Parker with Grassroots leadership says the county needs to make sure that money won't go to keep the federal 'secured communities' program in place, "In 2011, it cost about $1.8 million to Travis County taxpayers and we have no reason to think that that's changed. Also missing is the county may be liable for millions of dollars if there's a lawsuit."
Sheriff Greg Hamilton maintains the program is not under his control. He says the additional requested funds will also be instrumental with bringing more mental health providers online for inmates.