The Winnebago County Sheriff’s Office has been working with the County Board chairman over the past several months to increase its commitment to narcotics enforcement by adding four officers to the existing drug unit.
Budget reduction requirements have made this effort difficult, and if patrol layoffs occur, the Sheriff’s Department would not be able to re-assign the four officers to narcotics as planned.
The County Board chairman joined this department in informing the Public Safety and Finance committees that the department is close to meeting budget guidelines; therefore, it is following through with narcotics increases.
Although the commitment to increased narcotics efforts will add to the demands on the budget, the Sheriff’s Department is on pace to achieve $2.3 million of the $2.6 million reduction required this fiscal year.
They have put in place other budget reduction strategies that are aimed at addressing to the extent possible the remaining $300,000.
The department will closely monitor the remaining six months of this fiscal year and adjust when and where possible.
The increase in narcotic traffic throughout Winnebago County and Rockford is reflective of such increases in other areas throughout the Midwest and requires action. This agency deeply appreciates the efforts, understanding and support of the County Board chairman and members of the Winnebago County Board.
From the March 30-April 5, 2011 issue