- Associated Press - Saturday, June 25, 2016

DALLAS, Ore. (AP) - The Polk County Sheriff’s Office is reinstating 24/7 patrols after cutting back staffing in 2014.

The Statesman Journal reports (https://stjr.nl/299CE56 ) that deputies will begin patrolling the 750-square-mile coverage area on Sunday to help increase public safety.

Declining revenue and funds from the timber industry forced the office to make cuts in March 2014.n As a result, staffing numbers dropped as did patrol hours.

Polk County Sheriff Mark Garton says the cuts meant deputies were reacting to crime instead of preventing it.

The 24-hour patrol comes a year after Polk County voters passed a property tax levy for public safety funding. The five-year levy of 45 cents per $1,000 of assessed value is expected to raise $2.3 million a year for sheriff’s patrols, jail operations, juvenile enforcement and district attorney operations.

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Information from: Statesman Journal, https://www.statesmanjournal.com

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