Polk county sheriff Bob Wolfe says there’s still law and order on his turf. But he also acknowledges some residents would disagree.
In his latest report on the impacts of budget cuts on the sheriff’s office, Wolfe says that since spring over 800 callers to 911 have been told, “there’s no one available to help you right now.” Polk county sheriff’s no longer provide 24 hour patrols. Deputies are on the road only for 10 hours daily.
Wolfe says the number of arrests made by his agency has dropped 45% between March 29th and August 1st.
Polk is one of several Oregon counties that have severely cut their law enforcement budgets due to loss of federal timber funds.