COLDWATER, MI (WTVB) - The Branch County Sheriff’s Department is discontinuing night patrols next month with the plan to have those road patrols taken over by the Michigan State Police beginning November Tenth. Sheriff John Pollack says because of the severe budget cuts placed on his department by the county at the beginning of the year in January, the Department has been covering the day shift from 6 am to 5 pm Monday thru Friday and the midnight shift from 11 pm to 7 am, seven days a week with only 4 deputies for each of those shifts.
The Sheriff says with pass days, sick time, vacation time, and the increased work load from the Courts, the shifts are often covered with only two and on some occasions only one Deputy, creating a safety issue for his department personnel. The Sheriff contacted the Michigan State Police and together they worked out their schedules for 24 hour coverage. The Sheriff’s office will be manning a shift from 07:00 a.m. to 05:00 p.m., seven days a week. The State Police will cover the remaining time between 05:00 p.m. and 07:00 a.m.