|Floyd Council approves additional officers|
Floyd County Sheriff Frank Loop announced recently that the county council approved the funding to hire additional police officers and corrections officers.
The Council approved $335,700 in its most recent regular meeting.
Sheriff Loop gave a presentation outlining the needs in both the jail and on the street.
The appropriated funds will allow Sheriff Loop to hire a classification officer and an additional two correction officers per shift in the jail while at the same time allow the Sheriff to hire three more police officers in July.
The Council went a step farther and asked the Sheriff to request an additional three police officers in the 2018 budget.
Sheriff Frank Loop told the council that the jail officers were over worked and that there are only four officers to watch the average 300 inmates.
Sheriff Loop also reported to the Council that no additional police officers have been added to the force until this year and that calls for service have increased 31% in the past 24 months, that there has been a population increase in Floyd County and that 3160 homes have been built with no extra officers added til now. Sheriff Loop wants the public to know that the members of the County Council and the County Commissioners believe in public safety and have continuously supported the Sheriff when they can.
Sheriff Loop would like to introduce the newest officers to the department who started in January and are currently in the Field Training portion of their education.
Officer Tyler Byrne (on the left) 25 yr old from Georgetown who graduated from North Harrison High School, went on to graduate from U of L with a Bachelor’s Degree in Justice Administration and attended North Arizona State where he worked on his masters.
Ryen Ware (on the right) 24 yr old from Jeffersonville who graduated from Jeffersonville High School, attended both Indiana University and Ivy Tech prior to joining the U.S. Army National Guard.
Sheriff Loop said that both officers had previously worked as a correction officer while waiting for openings as police officers. Byrne and Ware will travel to the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy sometime this summer.
|Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 March 2017 07:30|