“The Sheriff’s View” (#137)
For those of you looking for the “new or unusual” as we report in some of these articles, this week may seem a little mundane for readers seeking something exciting. Not that newsworthy incidents did not occur in this County last week but I try to avoid being redundant regarding drugs and crime.
In some ways were are fortunate that no major incidents have occurred recently, due to the lack of manpower this agency has been dealing with over the past two months. Your Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department has been four patrolmen short lately, with three being out with surgeries. Two of these resulted from on-the-job injuries and the third was an off-duty accident. One of the on-duty injuries occurred during a dog attack on the deputy and the second happened during a foot chase.
This agency also recently lost a deputy who took a job with another law enforcement agency. This is expected on occasion due to deputies finding jobs at larger and/or higher paying departments. Even though the deputy who left was immediately replaced, we are confronted with a 3-5 month field training period before the new road deputy can be released to work solo.
This week it is expected that all three of the injured deputies will return to work, along with the new deputy being released from training. With a department that is very understaffed anyway, when four deputies are out, it makes a huge impact on the workload and response times to people needing law enforcement assistance. So needless to say, we welcome the return of a full staff this week.
Once again Cow Days returned to Dixon this past weekend, which resulted in a large draw of people from Pulaski and neighboring counties. Hopefully many of you had the opportunity to stop by and visit your deputies at the Sheriff’s Department booth, or those on foot patrol during the event. As usual, I enjoyed visiting with some of you while I was out there on Saturday.
I have been asked by numerous individuals recently about when we might start up the Town Hall meetings again. I am hoping for the next one to be around the end of October, or a few weeks afterwards. I really value the opinion and concerns of Pulaski County residents and these Town Hall meetings supply the prefect venue for us to visit. I should be announcing the next date and location in a few weeks.
This concludes another week’s summary as your Pulaski County sheriff, and I hope to see you here again next week. For more information about the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department and other related items of interest, please visit our website (www.pcsheriff2.com
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As always, stay safe and do something positive for your community.
Sheriff Ronald Long