Manpower shortage to blame for Cahokia drug unit loss -

Manpower shortage to blame for Cahokia drug unit loss

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(KMOV) – The police chief in Cahokia, Illinois says he received a letter from St. Clair County telling his department that the county drug unit is being disbanded. This comes not long after the county let go of a dozen deputies.

With the loss of the dozen deputies in mid-January, the sheriff’s department says it does not have the manpower for the special unit.

Chief Watson in Cahokia says the move will impact its town. Not only will he not have the unit’s expertise, but in unincorporated areas adjacent to Cahokia like North Dupo, he’s expecting his officers will be fielding calls.

The problem, he says, is that while Cahokia is willing to help out other places, he has to take care of his town first.

Chief Watson is holding out hope that something can be done to add those deputies and services back to the county, but in the meantime, he says this is the reality.

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