TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — Tippecanoe County Sheriff Bob Goldsmith said the office is in urgent need of more funding.
This comes after a public hearing about a local income tax increase for public safety. If the county approves the public safety tax increase, citizens could be looking at paying 0.18% more in taxes a year.
Goldsmith said at the rate the county is growing, it has gotten harder for officers to effectively do their job.
He said officers are spreading themselves thin and it could start impacting safety for everyone.
“It's terrible, we're short on the road, we're short in the jail and then all that funnels into our administrative assistants. We're short there as the county grows, the calls are coming in, those come into dispatchers, we're short there,” said Goldsmith. “It would help us fit a lot of those needs.”
Community outreach is a pillar for the sheriff's office but it has not been on the forefront for some time now.
“We're not doing the citizens of Tippecanoe County any favors because we're so short-staffed, we can't be proactive, we're being reactive in everything we do, now a lot of police work is reactive in nature but there's a lot of proactive things we can do,” said Goldsmith.
Goldsmith said the money will go straight to providing resources for officers and it cannot go towards building a new jail. The Tippecanoe County Council will vote on the matter Tuesday, Sep. 10 at 8:30 a.m. at Tippecanoe County building.
Goldsmith said he does not get to vote in the process.