Friday, January 11, 2008

Tarrant County Sheriff Department/ Jail Operation

I had the opportunity to visit Tarrant County Sheriff Department on Thursday and was given a short tour by former Dallas County Chief Deputy Bob Knowles the man known for Dallas County passing all jail inspections. Executive Chief Deputy Bob Knowles, looks very good, he's stopped smoking and doing well in his position with Sheriff Anderson. The people in the building are all so nice they smile the building is bright and open, clean and not filled with people hanging around. I saw equipment that took 5 minutes to fingerprint and take picture even the new eye picture machine.
The eye machine keeps people from leaving the jail by mistake. I ask Chief Knowles why Dallas did not have this, he said we(he and Sheriff Bowles)ask for it every year at budget time and were turned down by the Commissioners Court.
It is a shame that the Dallas County Commissioners Court has caused all this jail mess by not doing what was needed a long time ago. I know for a fact they took parts from the Health and Human Service fire alarm to fix the jail alarm for inspection when I was still working there. The Health and Human Service Building was without a fire alarm when this was done. That Jail alarm has not worked in years. The Commissioners Court is over Jail Health not the Sheriff. They are over the facility not the Sheriff.
It was good seeing Chief Knowles, Stromile is also working in Tarrant County. I did not see him but they said all is well with him also. Dallas County needs to learn from Tarrant County pay up front and you will not need to pay out all the lawsuits Dallas County is doing now. Former Commissioner Jim Jackson was one of the worst on funding for the Sheriff department he's gone but the problems he help create are still there.

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