COLDWATER, MI (WTVB) - It was a brief but moving ceremony last night at the Branch County Sheriff’s Department where deputies and corrections officers and other workers were honored for the length of their distinguished duty and Sheriff John Pollack officially issued the group of men and women their service pins in the event held during this National Police Week.
Pollack looked back at last year which started with major layoffs that drastically cut the number of deputies on the department’s road patrols. Pollack said he was particularly proud of this group of employees. He said in 2013 they were charged with the challenge of doing more with a lot less. Even though it would have been very easy to say it just can’t be done and to give up, they did not. Pollack said they all returned to work in what he described as the sheriff’s department’s outlived and poorly designed facility with different assisgnments and tried to answer calls for help and assistance with a third of the staff they had just one month prior. In addition, the Sheriff said they were now faced with the adversity of the major challenges that existed within the department and returned to their tasks with little fanfare. The bottom line, Pollack said, it was time for the Sheriff’s Department to simply say “Thank You”.