Peck area residents ask Sumner Commissioners for more Sheriff patrol

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Thank you for your input. +4 Vote up Vote down Jim · 399 weeks ago MULVANE should patrol the area just ask them to annex it all in for you. We in the southern part of the county are suffering just as much as you in the northern part. We have just as much traffic from hayseeds to the north coming down south to gamble. We have more than our share of drunk drivers also. And now with Oklahoma opening up the new weigh station at the state line we have an unbelieveable amount of truck traffic now deterring on state highway 177 to by pass both weigh stations and blasting through South Haven. Report Reply 0 replies · active 399 weeks ago -1 Vote up Vote down Grandma · 399 weeks ago Dont kid yourself there is money to get from the commissioners even if the budget is already set. They need to get off the pot and pony up the money to protect the citizens that put them in that seat. Report Reply 3 replies · active 399 weeks ago +24 Vote up Vote down Rural Resident · 399 weeks ago Welcome to living in the country. If you want police protection just minutes away from your house you should have stayed in the city. We here in the country have known for years that we are on our own. Keep a couple of loaded guns in your house, or move back into the city. Report Reply 0 replies · active 399 weeks ago -7 Vote up Vote down duane · 399 weeks ago If they did patrol and if they did catch someone would they file a report on it? Or just go catch an release? The number of crimes committed and between the Sheriff’s not bothering to investigate and the DA not wanting to prosecute, it’s almost why bother. Report Reply 0 replies · active 399 weeks ago -7 Vote up Vote down duane · 399 weeks ago If they did patrol and if they did catch someone would they file a report on it? Or just go catch an release? The number of crimes committed and between the Sheriff’s not bothering to investigate and the DA not wanting to prosecute Report Reply 0 replies · active 399 weeks ago +13 Vote up Vote down scooter · 399 weeks ago The northeast part of the county get’s the lions share of the attention from the Sheriff Office’s attention. The people in the northeast part of the county need to petetion the Mulvane City Council, as they are ultimately the source of your frustrations. They are the one’s who placed the problem in your back yard. They do no service for that area, when they annexed that land they left out the housing additions so that they would not have to provide service’s such as law enforcement. They too recieve 1% of the of the gaming proceeds from the casino therefore they can afford to provide services better than the county as they have other area’s of the county to serve, not just the northeast section. Report Reply 1 reply · active 399 weeks ago +12 Vote up Vote down Jim · 399 weeks ago I agree, it is the Mulvane city that is benifiting from the revenues, also the casio could give grant money to the county to supplement their budget. Also the Sedgwick sherrifs department can patrol their southern borders more. Report Reply 3 replies · active 399 weeks ago -1 Vote up Vote down Pain Free · 399 weeks ago Once again some people wish to open their mouths before being fully informed about the Sheriff’s Office! I invite you to visit the link to the Sheriff’s Office statistics release information page http://www.sumnersheriff.net/statistics.html. If this does not satisfy your *****ing about the Sheriff’s Office then I would contact Sheriff Chambers for a sit down or ask if you can ride along for an eveing with a Deputy and witness for yourself what goes on in Sumner County! Oh, FYI while your jumping up and down throwing a fit about Law Enforcement protection maybe you should start screaming at the City’s of Caldwell and Conway Springs who have little or NO officers except the Police Chief for protection. Once the sun goes down guess who has the responsibility for those area’s too? Report Reply 0 replies · active 399 weeks ago -6 Vote up Vote down Done · 399 weeks ago Thank you Commissioner Warner for speaking out for us at the meeting. At least one of you is on our side. Report Reply 1 reply · active 399 weeks ago -3 Vote up Vote down Red · 399 weeks ago So what happen at the commissioners meeting Tuesday? Or did anyone go to learn like Done said to do above. I agree with Grandma to. Report Reply 0 replies · active 399 weeks ago 12Next » Post a new comment Enter text right here! 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Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — A group of Peck area homeowners will be at the Sumner County Commissioners meeting Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. to ask for more law enforcement patrol in the northeast corner of the county.Shawn Hanson, a trustee for the London Township, said a recent rash of burglaries, increased casino traffic, and a larger number of drunk drivers using country roads to avoid patrol officers have caused many residents to seek more protection for the area where the Kansas Star Casino was built.Although two recently noted burglaries in the area — one involving an assault of a Sheriff deputy and one resulting in a shooting inside a garage of a homeowner — are not considered casino related, Hanson said he knows of at least four break-ins on Meridian Road in northeast Sumner County this month that may have been. Currently, there are two deputies patrolling Sumner County at one time, Hanson said. The group is asking for a third patrol person on duty. He said that would probably require four additional deputies to work in alternate shifts.“Sumner County has changed dramatically in the past two years especially in the northeast portion of the county,” Hanson said. “I’m not saying it is completely casino related. But we do have more issues than we had a few years ago.”The Kansas Star Casino was built off the Kansas Turnpike Exit 19 ramp and opened in December, 2011. With the expansion of the casino this month, Hanson fears that crimes will become worse.“We are kind of caught in the middle,” Hanson said. “There’s Wichita and Sedgwick County to the north and Wellington to the south. We don’t seem to have adequate protection in between those areas.”Increased crime concerns was a major source of contention for northeast county area residents when the Kansas State Lottery Commission was choosing a casino location. Hanson said those concerns are coming to fruitation.Sumner County Commissioners approved to allocate $2.19 million to the 2013 Sheriff Department budget in August of 2012 up from $1.87 million in 2012. It was 1.94 million in 2011.Yet, Sumner County Sheriff Captain Mike Yoder said there continues to be two deputies that usually patrol at night. That’s quite a large area to patrol since the county has 1,184.78 square miles.Statistically, according to Sumner County Department activity report, as of Oct. 31 of 2012 there have been 35 felony thefts and 82 misdemeanor thefts. In 2011, there were 44 felony thefts and 56 misdemeanor thefts. With two months to go it’s hard to determine any noticeable trends.“You have to be careful about using statistics like this because sometimes statistics lie,” Yoder said. “Sometimes the deputies are so busy they fail to report various calls.”Georgia Hendry, who lives two miles west of U.S. 81 west of the casino, said she has been wanting more deputy patrol for years.“We seem to always be on the short end of the stick up here,” Hendry said. “I felt that way in 1956 when we moved here. Nothing has changed.”Hendry said if a crime is committed and the patrol deputies are say in Caldwell, that’s a 48 mile trip to get to the north end of the county. A lot can happen while a deputy is traveling that distance to get from one end of the county to the other.Last week there was a community meeting at the Peck Community Center with a sheriff deputy. Sheriff Darren Chambers was unable to go because he was in training. Hanson said there were about 100 people there.“If we can get a quarter of those at the meeting on Tuesday I’d be satisfied,” Hanson said. “There is a lot of concern in this area.”Neighbors have talked about forming a neighborhood watch group. Still, there are some limitations.Hanson said many of the older neighborhood residents are moving and younger people, unfamiliar to the area, are moving in.“When you have both of them working during the day at the same time, it makes it difficult for a effective lookout,” Hanson said.Whatever the commissioners decide today it won’t take into effect until 2014. The 2013 budget is set.But Hanson hopes with increased revenue coming from the casino that Sumner County can spare a few dollars for extra Sheriff patrol in the future.last_img

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