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March 5, 2013

Sheriff's funding request to go before excise board

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DUNCAN —

“Fortunately, we have not had a deputy hurt,” Smith said. “I think we are living on borrowed time. I hate to say it that way but I have done this a long, long time and we are seeing a pattern that is very similar to the late 70s and early 80s.”
Some hiring has been done in the past couple of months but McKinney and Smith said the office is still understaffed.
“We had to hire,” Smith said. “We could not provide the adequate service. We are lucky to have one deputy working on the weekends. In my opinion, that is unacceptable.”
The sheriff’s office is also going to be required to purchase new bulletproof vests for the deputies this year, new crime scene investigations equipment and some new vehicles, causing additional strain on the funds available to the department.
“In this particular case, there is no choice,” McKinney said. “My guys have suffered over the past year. We need to get this resolved.”

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