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News Release    

November 12, 2010      

For Further Information Contact:
Valerie Sommerville, Budget Director
(845) 486-2010

Sheriff Road Patrol Capacity Increased Significantly Over Past Decade

Poughkeepsie… Over the past decade, the County has put in place numerous changes and initiatives to increase the road patrol capacity of the Dutchess County Sheriff’s road patrol and law enforcement. 

Budget Director Valerie Sommerville, in a memo to the Dutchess County Legislature Chairman Robert Rolison and Budget, Finance & Personnel Committee Chairman Dale Borchert, clarified the staff capacity changes that have been made over the years to ensure more deputy sheriffs could be available for road patrol functions. 

According to Ms. Sommerville, “The Sheriff has asserted that he has not had deputy sheriff and/or staff additions to increase his road patrol and law enforcement functions.  That is factually incorrect.” 

Ms. Sommerville’s memo to the Legislature provided a fact by fact breakdown of how over the last decade, 17 deputy sheriffs have added to staffing capacity for road patrol and law enforcement duties.   It also notes how decisions made by the Sheriff removed 10 deputy sheriffs from road patrol capacity to be assigned to other duties including school resource functions and detective functions. 

The following is an excerpt from her memo to the Legislature  regarding deputy sheriff staffing for road patrol: 

…it is important to clarify some staffing issues and fact checks for the Sheriff’s Office. 

Fact check: 

The Sheriff has asserted that he has not had deputy sheriff and/or staff additions to increase his road patrol and law enforcement functions. 

That is factually incorrect. 

Facts: 

2001 - Sheriff is provided two new sheriff aides positions to perform duties formerly performed by deputy sheriffs thereby adding two deputy sheriffs to law enforcement functions. 

2002 – Approximately 10 deputy sheriffs providing inmate transportation to courts are relieved of that duty which is transferred to corrections jail staff. This frees up deputy sheriffs adding 10 deputy sheriffs for road patrol and law enforcement duties. 

2005 - Sheriff is provided three new sheriff’s aides positions to perform duties formerly performed by deputy sheriffs thereby adding three deputy sheriffs to patrol and law enforcement functions. 

2006 – Sheriff is provided two additional deputy sheriffs for seasonal ATV patrol which are also supplemental for year round road patrol.           

Fact correction - 17 {Seventeen} deputy sheriffs have been added to staffing capacity for road patrol and law enforcement duties in the past decade. 

Additionally, it is important to emphasize the Sheriff has himself downsized his available road patrols by taking 6 patrol deputy sheriffs off the road to assign to schools. 

Moreover, the Sheriff formerly had only 16 detectives – but has removed 4 deputy sheriffs from road patrols to increase his detectives to the current 20 stated to the Legislature – thus again depleting road patrol deputy capacity.           

Together, adding the 17 { seventeen } added deputies capacity provided to him by the Legislature and Executive – coupled with his own choice of removing 10 from road patrol and law enforcement activities equals a net swing of 27 deputy sheriffs. 

The 17 added deputy capacity combined by the Sheriff returning the school assigned deputies to the road patrol -- and detectives to the road -- would be a net gain of 27 deputy’s capacity

We believe the Legislature needs to know the facts to clarify the statements made by Sheriff Anderson.



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