Law Enforcement Braces For High Gas Prices

With gas prices creeping closer to the three dollar and fifty cent mark, law enforcement agencies are having to take a closer look at how much gas they use.

"When gas got up really high the last time, it eventually did strain our budget. We had to start limiting some of our patrols. The services we do provide are essential though, so we do have to be out there," said Knott County Chief Deputy Robby Slone.

The Knott County Sheriff's Department does the majority of their filling up at this garage, allowing them to operate off the county budget.

Some sheriff's offices, like the Letcher County Sheriff's Department, are fee offices. Which means they have a whole new set of concerns when it comes to rising gas prices.

Their gas is paid for by fees collected throughout the year that go into a collective budget.

"About halfway through the year we look at it, ok how much money have we spent for gas? And we look at what we got left, and we say we don't have enough in there so we have to add some to it," said Letcher County Sheriff Danny Webb.

Webb says while having to deal with the increasing gas prices can be a headache for his department.

"It's a constant battle for all sheriff's departments, city police, you know anybody who has to provide vehicles for employees to drive around. I'm sure that they're in a crunch right now," said Webb.

He says he has not had to cut any patrols yet.


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