Over the past three years, the Sheriff’s Office budget has increased by 30%. We have added 35 new positions, and a recent grant will bring in another 8 officers this year. We’ve spent more than $2 million on technology upgrades, including dispatch, jail, and records management systems.
Law Enforcement Technology
In the recent past, there were only three law enforcement dashboard cameras in the entire county—and no body cameras. Our fleet was out of date, and none of the vehicles were equipped with laptops. In the past 3 years, we’ve replaced more than 100 vehicles. And our officers now have the technology needed to keep us safe, including laptops, body cams, dash cams, and smartphones.
Emergency Medical Services
For the first time in 10 years, we’ve expanded EMS resources and added a full-time 24-hour EMS unit to the fleet, 3 prime-time units, and a new battalion chief. In the past 3 years, we’ve also added 30 new EMS positions.
We have added 8 new dispatcher positions in the last year to the 911 center and invested more than $5 million in a county-wide radio network that benefits the Sheriff’s Office and all county emergency services, including our municipal partners.