If you cut the budget for police by 300,000 dollars, something will be impacted. Chief deputy Smith addresses staff shortage.
Apparently in this case, staffing cuts resulted in longer 911 response times.
The release further stated, “In 2015, the department had 23 fully sworn deputies responsible for answering 911 calls, serving protective orders and mental hygiene orders. We also had two civilian process servers responsible for funeral escorts, jury summons, civil papers and litter complaints. The county also employed 10 civilian bailiffs that were responsible for door security for both buildings, holding cell and security for all three courts,” he stated.
After the $300K cut, number of officers is down, bailiffs were reduced, so 3 officers are assigned to the court, where they weren’t before, etc. Only 12 deputies are assigned to answer 911 calls.
This is not taking into account deputies being on scheduled off days, sick days, vacation or being injured at work.
This article doesn’t say, but it would be interesting to know why the 300,000 dollar cut, and what else the county is spending money on outside the realm of “public safety.” Or if the county is just strapped for cash. (Mingo County is rural.)
But then I recently had a post on the UK doing something similar with public safety.