The Poteet ISD Police received a much needed piece of equipment last week from Atascosa County Sheriff David Soward. The Sheriff’s Office turned over a 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe to the young police department who had been operating handicapped with just one vehicle. Last year Sheriff Soward became aware that ISD Police Chief Willie Mendez was using his personal vehicle for work. The department’s only patrol unit was assigned to officer Jason Velasquez.
Soward told Chief Mendez he would provide him with a used Tahoe that the Sheriff’s Office would be replacing on patrol in early 2019. “The idea just made sense to me”, Soward said. “The Poteet ISD PD handles a lot of calls, some that we would have to take care of if they weren’t in existence. I’m a huge supporter of school district police departments and school resource officers”, the Sheriff stated.
Sheriff Soward stated he approached County Judge Bob Hurley and the Commissioner’s Court to seek their approval. The county commissioners approved the idea and County Attorney Lucinda Vicker’s office prepared the necessary documents for Commissioner’s Court.
Last Thursday, Sheriff Soward along with Chief Deputy Sheriff Cregg Thompson delivered the used patrol unit to Poteet ISD and handed over the keys to Superintendent Charlie Camarillo, Chief Mendez, Officer Velasquez and School Board Trustee Albert Garza.
“This is not something we can do all the time but the ISD police budget was thin and wasn’t going to be able to allow for a second patrol unit. Not only does this benefit the school district police but it benefits the citizens and students of Poteet as well. We were happy we could help them out, Sheriff Soward explained.