HR Sheriff Reports Progress After Levy Approval

About 11 months after voters in Hood River County approved a five-year local option levy for public safety, Sheriff Matt English told County Commissioners they are moving forward with what they wanted to accomplish.  English said they felt an immediate impact from filling an administrative position to free up more time for deputies.  One deputy graduated from the Oregon Police Academy on Friday, and two more will do so at the end of the month.  English said they are back up to 20 hours a day of coverage, and the goal of 24/7 coverage is closing in on happening, either in the fourth quarter of 2021 or the first quarter of 2022.  English did say there were early setbacks due to COVID-19, primarily involving training delays, but those have been overcome.

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