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Pulaski County Sheriff's View #75 for June 23, 2014
Pulaski County Sheriff's View #75 for June 23, 2014

Sheriff Ron Long
PULASKI COUNTY, Mo. (June 23, 2014) — The month of June is a busy one for sheriffs and police chiefs nationwide, due to it being the month for state and federal grant submissions and for reporting on existing grants. The week began by receiving good news from the Missouri Department of Public Safety when we were notified that a grant totaling approximately $70,000 to supplement deputy pay for the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department was approved. The Deputy Sheriff’s Salary Supplement Fund (DSSSF) grant is much needed to retain deputies and sadly, to keep some above the national poverty level.

Chief Deputy John Groves and I have also been working on, or submitting, grant applications for additional manpower and equipment. If approved, one item for which the funding would be utilized is a modern computerized radio dispatch console. Right now our dispatchers are using a 25-year-old stand-alone radio system. This is not compatible with computers or programs used for aiding in dispatch calls, along with recording dispatched calls and storing law enforcement records. The new system would also enable us to communicate with modern systems that other law enforcement and emergency services use, along with the Missouri statewide MOSWIN radio system.

Two more grants are being sought for additional personnel. The first grant, which was submitted last week, seeks funding for one extra deputy for patrol. The second will be submitted this week seeking funding for the formalization of a specialty crime unit that would utilize four additional deputies. The expected waiting time for the above grants is one to two months, and we have high hopes that at least a portion of these grants will be allocated to Pulaski County.

As expected, a lot of time and effort is put into compiling information and writing these grants. Since grant money is now available and the need is definitely here, it is worth the extra effort and time that it takes for these awards. Last year the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department received approximately $100,000 in grants for salaries and equipment, and we are seeking even more this year.

This is especially important since county revenues have not increased and the department’s annual budget was decreased for the 2014 fiscal year due to lack of additional tax revenues. I am also proud to report that this agency is slightly below our yearly budget at this point, with expenses around $115,000 less from this time last year. We attribute a majority of the savings to the restructuring of our patrol unit, the new vehicle fleet program and the jail renovation, along with the jail commissary program. We also appreciate the county clerk and county commissioners working with our department to support these endeavors.

As you continue to read and hear through local media sources, this area is experiencing some interesting times out here, so your deputies (and other law enforcement agencies) are working hard to protect and serve this community. If you have the opportunity to speak with an officer, deputy or trooper, please let them know how much you support and appreciate their endeavors!

The Pulaski Coalition Against Drugs (Heroin Action Committee) will have its next meeting at 10 a.m. on Monday, June 30, in the basement of the Pulaski County Courthouse.

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 at http://www.pcsheriff2.com, or on Facebook.

As always, stay safe and do something positive for your community.

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