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October 20th, 2010
Buda police department assumes duties


Buda City Hall.


Wednesday marked the launch of the brand new Buda Police Department (BPD) as if assumes law enforcement responsibilities in the city.

The city had been served by a dedicated patrol of the Hays County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) since 2007. The city paid the HCSO $60,000 per month for the patrol from July 2009 until April 2010.

In July 2009, Hays County Sheriff Tommy Ratliff re-assigned Captain Bo Kidd, who had been the head of the Buda patrol. Angry Buda City Councilmembers voted in August 2009 to disband the county’s Buda patrol and launch their own police department with Kidd as the chief.

Members of the police department were sworn in Tuesday night by the Buda City Council. City officials have said the annual cost for the police department is about $700,000, about the same as the cost of the HCSO patrol.

The police department is located at 100 Houston Street.

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