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Feb 19, 2014 6:23 PM by Andrew Ellison - aellison@kristv.com

State Not Happy with Precinct 5 Constables Office

ROBSTOWN - The Precinct 5 Nueces County Constables Office in Robstown is in trouble with the State.

The Texas Commission on Law Enforcement recently inspected the office, and found almost every one of the officers, including Constable Frank Flores himself, were not certified to use their firearms.

In Texas, officers are supposed to be certified every two years.

The Constables Office says they didn't have enough ammunition to get the tests done.

They say it's the previous administration's fault for not stocking up.

But these guys have been in office over a year and a purchase order reveals that they put in for ammo back in May.

Only problem was the delivery kept getting delayed.

We asked Chief Deputy Gilbert Garza why they couldn't find another way to get ammo.

"We tried. We even went to Walmart, Academy, and all that. And they either didn't have the ammo, or they would sell one or two boxes," he says.

But even after all that, the purchase order shows they got all their boxes by the end of October, and the State inspected them just a few weeks ago.

So why not get the tests done in November, December, or January?

"Well, we had to get the instructor to take us down there and do it," Garza says.

The tests finally got done just a few weeks ago, which is good, because the State gave Precinct 5 thirty days to fix all the problems they found in their inspection. Otherwise, the precinct would have possibly been facing thousands of dollars in fines every day after that.

The inspection was done on January 29th. The tests and certifications were completed for all officers shortly after that.

But the office claims they were planning to do it anyway, and it just happened to get done right after the State demanded they fix it.

They were other issues revealed in the State's report.

Several officers were missing documents in their files that certify they can actually be officers.

Precinct 5 says those documents were filed with the State, they just didn't have copies in their actual office.

Precinct 5 tells us that all the problems the State wanted fixed are now fixed.

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