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Criminals Work 24/7; Local Sheriff's Office Doesn't

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CRISFIELD, Md.-  Deputies with the Somerset County Sheriff's Office are not on the clock on weekends, even though criminals are on the job 24-7.

Currently, the Sheriff's Office operates 24 hours a day, five days a week. However, deputies are off on weekends. According to Ronnie Howard, chief deputy of the Sheriff's Office, it is a lack of money that leads to a lack of coverage.

Howard explained that the Sheriff's Office is "on call" on the weekends while other law agencies in the county are the first responders.

"It would definitely be an asset to the county for the department to go 24/7," Howard said. "I know state police are struggling with manpower and we would be able to cover more areas of Somerset County."

In order to do so, Howard said his office needs approximately $178,000 to cover the cost of new hires. He said the problem is that several county commissioners are not running for re-election. He noted that as a result, the current commissioners are not quite ready to open the county checkbook.

"They would like to have the new commissioners address the issues of 24/7 coverage for Somerset County," Howard said.

To help ease concerns, during weekends Maryland State Police, as well as surrounding agencies, help patrol the Somerset County area.

 

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