Letcher Co. Sheriff's Dispatch Cutting Hours

By: Sean Evans Email
By: Sean Evans Email

Starting Saturday, when residents of Letcher County call the Sheriff's Department they will hear this greeting less than they did before.
Calls made Monday through Friday after midnight and on Saturday after four p.m. on will be transferred from the Letcher County Sheriff's Department, to State Police Post 13 in Hazard. Also, all day Sunday.

Dispatch officials here at Post 13 say their workload may get a little busier, but it's nothing they can't handle.

It all has to do with funding.

The Letcher County Sheriff's Office has already let four part-time employees go, and Sheriff Webb says that can put a strain on operations.

"It's gonna be real hard in the first three or four months, trying to figure out what we're gonna do. But the main thing is to provide the service to the people," said Sheriff Danny Webb.

This type of situation is not something new.

Letcher County Sheriff's dispatch was downsized in 2007 due to lack of funding for the employees.

The Letcher County Fiscal Court has a meeting later this month and will vote on funneling more money into the department to help out.

"We're just trying to look and see what we can do, you know, budget's are tight. But we're looking to see how we can supplement him, to keep him as operational as possible," said Judge Executive Jim Ward.

Both Webb and Ward say funding for the department has decreased because of a lack of tax money from a growing tax-exempt population.

Sheriff Webb says no deputies will be taken off the road, and they will still respond to calls after hours when dispatched by the 9-1-1 center.

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