LCSO Working Through Shortage

By: Rachel Alig Email
By: Rachel Alig Email

The Lauderdale County Sheriff's Department says it puts the safety of Lauderdale County first.

But in the midst of war, individuals are bound to be called for their services. Those services have been requested more than once from the LCSO.

"Of the fifty enforcement deputies that we have with the Lauderdale County Sheriff's Department, we currently have seven as of today that are on active duty," said Chief Deputy Ward Calhoun.

With nearly fifteen percent of the work force gone, the department is working longer, harder hours. To make up for the shortage, it's dividing the work load among those still here.

"it just means that the rest of us have to pick up a little and do a little extra," said Calhoun.

Picking up a little means additional hours to the work day. Doing a little extra means taking on extra shifts.

"We recognize the fact that they are out protecting our country and we try to make sure that we protect Lauderdale County while they're gone," Calhoun said.

Those individuals on active duty are from various departments. Their work ranges from the drug task force to investigators to patrol deputies. Calhoun said this has made the shortage easier to handle.

"Fortunately, because of the areas within the department that each of these individuals have worked in, the load of that has been spread over the entire department," said Calhoun.


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  • by responder Location: meridian on Sep 4, 2009 at 06:29 AM
    To Anonymous: Sounds like you have a beef with the Sheriff. How long were you in for?
  • by Anonymous on Sep 3, 2009 at 07:21 PM
    Sollie wanted that accreditation to wear on his sleeve. It does absolutely nothing for the county or the department, actually it handicaps them like you said.
  • by Anonymous on Sep 3, 2009 at 07:20 PM
    To Resonder: I didn't see where they were hiring, just crying.
  • by GI Joe on Sep 3, 2009 at 02:09 PM
    all employers go through this.... its the price of freedom..... if they were not accrediated they could hire part time to help out... go figure... the state has put another stipulation on how to run a business... government should stay out of it..
  • by Resonder Location: meridian on Sep 3, 2009 at 09:08 AM
    To Anonymous: If it is such a cushy job, and they are shorthanded, why don't you apply?
  • by Anonymous on Sep 2, 2009 at 05:36 PM
    Why is this even a story? Is all Calhoun and Sollie have to do is whine about how they are stretched so thin? Get over it. Not everybody has cushy office jobs.
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