Deputy job losses this weekend in St. Clair County could mean residents’ safety at risk

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Posted on January 14, 2011 at 11:40 PM

Updated Friday, Jan 14 at 11:50 PM

(KMOV) – St. Clair County is at odds with its deputies, and this weekend, more than a dozen patrolmen will be out of a job.

They claim that as a result of their job losses, your safety could be at stake.

Captain Steve Johnson of the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Department says that if you happen to be a victim of a property crime, you’ll have to do your own police work. For example, if your house was broken into or your vehicle was burglarized, you’ll have to download a report and mail it to police yourself.

Some say that this means residents could see a spike in crime.

“They know we're not going to be out there; they're not going to see us, and they know it's going to take us longer to get there,” says Deputy Patrick York of the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Department.


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