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Sheriff to continue town meetings

May 14, 2013

NEW CUMBERLAND – Hancock County Sheriff Ralph A. Fletcher plans to continue interacting with local communities as he meets with residents in the Lawrenceville area this week. On 7 p.m....

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May-23-13 5:51 PM

It was recently brought up at one of these meetings that the Newell area and surrounding areas have a fleet of 25 officers patrolling our neighborhoods. That sounds like a lot and something to be happy about right? Well think again. The sheriff did tell us he has all of these deputies patrolling. What he did not tell us is this. Though there may be 25 officers including himself and the chief, only 16 work the roads patrolling our streets and neighborhoods. That's four groups of 4 men. Well, they work in shifts SO that means at any given time only 4 or less men are out and about. Now to top this off, the sheriff brought up putting the men in "zones" each officer will be placed in a zone and only patrol that one single area. Wow! Sounds great again right? A lot of coverage for each area? Well think about this. Before (without zones) we had the 4 shifts of four checking each area at least once. Now all day long with zones that number will drastically drop to one officer in your

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May-23-13 5:52 PM

MAYBE. That is if he is able to get there. Excluding the city limits officers have about 82 square miles to cover. So about 18 square miles each if one officer has your zone. If they have to cover the cities, its 88 square miles. Feel safe? What about when its their lunch time? Uh oh.. Now we have no one in our zones for at least an hour. I can not help but feel the people of Newell and the surrounding areas have been mislead.I can not help but feel the people of Newell and the surrounding areas have been mislead. Now wait the Sheriff says he's going to help us all out by hiring two new deputies. (Two? Really?) He failed to mention one of the new deputies himself has been arrested TWICE for domestic battery.. I'm feeling safer already.

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