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Sheriff Spells Out Possible Cuts

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Branch County Jail
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COLDWATER, MI (WTVB) - No courthouse security and no sheriff’s posse and reserves. That’s in addition to laying off ten Branch County Sheriff’s deputies and a sergeant. Soon-to-retire Sheriff Warren Cannon yesterday spelled out the details of a million dollars in proposed cuts that look to be coming on January First after voters last week rejected a millage hike that would have funded the sheriff’s department road patrol. Cannon Thursday appeared before the County Board of Commissioner’s Sheriff’s and Public Safety Committee. Sheriff-elect John Pollack was also there. Cannon said what would be left to staff the road patrol, 3.5 deputies, can’t provide 24/7 coverage, or even one shift for that matter. He was also asked how discussions were going with other law enforcement agencies in the county on the possibility of providing some form of backup. Cannon only mentioned the Coldwater State Police Post, saying with the current number of troopers at the Post combined with the gutted staff at his department, again there would be no way to patrol the county 24-hours a day. Cannon reported there’s no State Police third shift right now with no plans to reinstate the overnight patrols.

 

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