New Willacy Co. Constable Sworn In to Protect Lasara
LASARA - A new constable was sworn to help secure the small town of Lasara after their only local law enforcement officer left.
Tony Trevino, a retired Weslaco police officer and Willacy County sheriff’s reserve deputy, was sworn in as the new Precinct 5 constable on Monday.
Former Precinct 5 Constable Mario Salazar left his post without warning since 2015. Although understaffed, the Willacy County Sheriff’s Department still took the sole responsibility of patrolling the town after Salazar’s departure.
Many residents said they were left feeling unprotected. Lasara resident Sandra Salinas said one of their worries is drivers speeding through town.
“People (are) driving fast down the street… They do it constantly,” she said. “We really do need one to have constantly because by the time the sheriff’s department get here it’s too late.”
CHANNEL 5 NEWS talked to Trevino, a lifelong resident of Lasara. He said he’ll be tough on traffic violations and thefts.
“At least you’re closer to the area. You would have somebody available a lot faster,” he said. “It can deter and try to stop crime, and make sure that our kids are safe out there.”
Trevino said he also encourages residents to report crime.
Two weeks ago, a judge ruled Willacy County must pay former constable Mario Salazar $11,000. Salazar has still not returned to pick-up his paychecks.
Count on CHANNEL 5 NEWS to bring you details as they become available.
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