You have reached your limit of free articles this month.

Enjoy unlimited access to SpringfieldNewsSun.com

Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks.

GREAT REASONS TO SUBSCRIBE TODAY!

  • IN-DEPTH REPORTING
  • INTERACTIVE STORYTELLING
  • NEW TOPICS & COVERAGE
  • ePAPER
X

You have read of premium articles.

Get unlimited access to all of our breaking news, in-depth coverage and interactive features. Starting at just 99c for 8 weeks.

X

Welcome to SpringfieldNewsSun.com

Your source for Clark and Champaign counties’ hometown news. All readers have free access to a limited number of stories every month.

If you are a News-Sun subscriber, please take a moment to login for unlimited access.

Sheriff adding second shift

Clark County change designed to cut OT costs, help responses.


The Clark County Sheriff’s Office will add a second shift to its investigations unit next month, hoping to reduce overtime costs and to improve response times.

So far this year, the Clark County Sheriff’s Office has paid out $569,102.66 in overtime. The bulk of that money is for paying jail guards, but a portion of it is from the numerous call-outs for detectives to investigate a death or a crime scene after their 4 p.m. weekday shift. And while plenty of crime happens during the day, there’s certainly a need for investigators after traditional business hours, said Sheriff Gene Kelly.

“What we’re finding is most of the burglaries that happen, residential burglaries, are during the daytime, and then when people get home in the evening, they discover the burglary, and we’re calling out detectives,” Kelly said.

The sheriff has 10 employees in the investigations unit, including supervisors and the sheriff’s new K-9 officer. By adding a second shift that will work from 3 p.m. until 11 p.m., it will offer some overlap with the dayside detectives for cases that need to be passed on and will allow time for evening call-outs, said Maj. Russell Garman, who heads up the unit.

“Sometimes people would get upset with us if we left a card and can’t get in contact with them right away,” Garman said. “And a lot of the people who are committing these crimes don’t get up until noon, so there’s more likelihood of finding then in the evening hours also with a second shift.”

By splitting the unit into two shifts, Kelly said he doesn’t have to hire and pay additional employees while simultaneously freeing up patrol deputies who were spending more time on scenes when a detective wasn’t available.

“(Detectives) can start the investigation, they can process the crime scene, and I believe this is going to give me more units on the streets,” he said.

Overall calls for service are up 4 percent over last year at 46,025 call-outs as of Dec. 17. However, arrests are down 6 percent year-over-year, at 1,712.

Kelly said he hopes that by having detectives working on a later shift, his office can better handle those calls and an early investigation can lead to earlier arrests.

Two detectives and a supervisor will begin working the new shift Jan. 1.


Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Community News

WATCH: Good Samaritans save driver stuck on tracks seconds before train approaches
WATCH: Good Samaritans save driver stuck on tracks seconds before train approaches

Strangers saved a driver stuck on the tracks Friday in Portland, Oregon, seconds before a light rail train approached — and a KATU helicopter was there for the rescue. The vehicle, a rear-wheel drive Ford Mustang, was one of numerous cars to have trouble with the MAX light rail tracks near NE 99th Avenue and East Burnside...
Video shows woman kidnapped as infant in Florida joking about getting kidnapped
Video shows woman kidnapped as infant in Florida joking about getting kidnapped

A Facebook live video shows the young woman who was snatched from a Jacksonville hospital as an infant joking about getting kidnapped. In the July 2016 video, she does not hint that she knew she really was a kidnapping victim. Gloria Williams is still in a South Carolina jail cell, accused of kidnapping Kamiyah Mobley as a baby in 1998 and...
Security experts warn about possible violence at inauguration
Security experts warn about possible violence at inauguration

As the nation's security agencies gear up for President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration on Friday, some experts in the field are warning of the potential for volatility. >> Read more trending stories  "Unlike previous inaugurations in presidential history, this is predicted to be the most volatile," said Ross Bulla, a security...
President Obama welcomes Chicago Cubs to White House
President Obama welcomes Chicago Cubs to White House

For the last time in his tenure as president, Barack Obama welcomed a championship team to the White House. This time it had a special meaning to the outgoing commander-in-chief, as he spent much of his life in Chicago (though he is a White Sox fan). When Obama took to the microphone to address the Cubs fans and legions of reporters, his first words...
Dr. Bernice King: ‘My father would meet with Trump’
Dr. Bernice King: ‘My father would meet with Trump’

As a war of words plays out between President-elect Donald Trump and Georgia congressman and civil rights icon John Lewis, one is left to wonder what MLK Jr. would have done in the wake of the 2016 election. >> Read more trending stories  Two days before her famous father's birthday, the daughter of the civil rights icon answered that question...
More Stories