Spencer County Sheriff's Office to stop 24-7 service
The Spencer County Sheriff's Office will no longer be able to provide round-the-clock law enforcement services beginning Tuesday, April 5, according to a news release.
SPENCER COUNTY, Ky. (WDRB) -- The Spencer County Sheriff's Office will no longer provide round-the-clock law enforcement services beginning Tuesday, April 5.
Sheriff Buddy Stump says his office will do away with 24-7 service, and it's all because of budget cuts.
"I hate to say that,” Stump said. “That's not dramatic, that is a fact, and that is the truth."
Stump made the decision after fiscal court cut his budget Monday morning.
"I've warned them all along that if you do that, we're gonna have to cut back the 24-7 and full-time detective when that happens," Stump said.
The sheriff says he took the agency to a 24-7 operation more than four years ago. He says it's saved lives and recently calls have been up 20 percent.
"I've had many people come to me and say 'we don't care if we have to pay an extra $20-$25 dollars in taxes, don't strip our services away from us,’" Stump said.
"We obviously have to do something,” said Spencer County Judge Executive John Riley. “We can't just keep with the status-quo."
Riley says the county's budget is $7 million, and it only has about $119,000 in reserves. He says they've made cuts throughout the county, and Monday's vote is only a 1 percent reduction from the sheriff's budget last year, meaning a difference of roughly $7,000 dollars.
"We are gonna be adequately covered in terms of policing,” Riley said. “I have not talked to Sheriff Stump specifically about this. I don't really know what his intentions are."
Stump did not want to comment on which shifts would be impacted due to officer safety, but says there will be many times where whole shifts are not covered.
The Taylorsville Police chief says that his department has jurisdiction over all of Spencer County, so it will help if and when needed.
Late Monday afternoon, Kentucky State Police Post 12 sent out a similar note saying it would be available to help cover the gaps in service.
"The Kentucky State Police Post 12 was notified of scheduled coverage changes made by the Spencer County Sheriff’s Office," a statement from the Kentucky State Police read. "KSP Post 12 has been and will remain committed to the citizens of Spencer County taking any necessary actions required for calls of service needs. If call volumes go up in Spencer County, the Kentucky State Police Post 12 will make the appropriate schedule adjustments to insure the needs of the citizens of Spencer County are taken care of."
Sheriff Stump says this will be permanent unless the funding is restored.
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