We need 178 cops. We've got 40. E-mail
Written by Mark Nichols   

Law enforcement agencies across western Kentucky are struggling with a declining number of officers while crime is on the rise. Sheriffs in the region told reporters that having fewer officers available is leaving departments shorthanded for emergencies. It’s also making scheduling a nightmare and increasing response times to calls.

McCracken County Sheriff Jon Hayden told The Paducah Sun his agency should really have about 178 deputies to account for the 65,000 people in the county.
He’s got 39, including the Sheriff.

Marshall County Sheriff Kevin Byars says his department has started “hot-spot” policing because of the lack of manpower.

Byars says his department is examining crime and crash data, then assigning officers to the area most in need at peak times to make up for a lack of deputies.

Graves County Deputy Sheriff Davant Ramage says there's very little or no money to hire more cops.

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