- Associated Press - Monday, April 28, 2014

FRANKLINTON, La. (AP) - The Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office has cut five deputies from its staff and reduced two others to part-time status.

Chief Deputy Mike Haley told The Daily News (http://bit.ly/1gX2e9l) the moves were made April 23 and were necessary because of the expiration of funding through a federal Community Oriented Policing Services grant.

The staff reductions included office personnel, but Haley said the cuts did not include patrol deputies.

“We made cuts across the board. But we had to make sure it did not affect our services, so we could not reduce the number on patrol. We did it with a heavy heart, but it had to be done,” Haley said.

Haley said tax revenue has not been growing in Washington Parish and the Sheriff’s Office was forced to live within its budget.

“It was a hard decision, but we felt it was in the best interest of the parish.”

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Information from: Bogalusa - Daily News , http://www.gobogalusa.com

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