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Letter to The board of Supervisors RE:Public Safety Crisis

Dear Board of Supervisors, 5/23/2013

I am very concerned with the cuts you want to make to our Sheriff’s department. Those men and women are the most under paid civil servants in our community!! How dare you even think of cutting that department even more than you have already done!

The State is saying the prisons are over populated so they are doing early release! That means more criminals on the streets with fewer patrolmen on the street. They are under staffed as it is and will probably just get worst if you take more away from YOUR Sheriff’s department.

UPS truck drivers make more money per hour than our Deputies make. Wow if that doesn’t open your eyes!! ATT outside crews make more hourly wages and have much better benefits than our deputies do and they don’t have to wear 20lbs of gear and wonder if they are going to arrive home safe to their families each night.

It’s really scary to think if I need to call the Sheriff’s Department that the deputy could be on a call in Columbia or Groveland and it would take them over 30 minutes to get to my emergency. As it is, they are already covering 550 square miles per deputy. What good would that do if I had a home invasion. These are desperate times for criminals too so the crime rate is only rising!

If you cut their pay and more Deputies leave the county for higher paying jobs, what would it be like for the Deputies we have left not having back up when they need it? Would we still have enough men on our SWAT team? Sonora is a growing community. We need a full staff not a skeleton crew.

I hope you think about your family and friends before you decide to make any more cuts to our Sheriff’s department. How can you think you would get reelected if you were willing to sacrifice your friends, family and communities safety?

Laura Thomas