Traill County Sheriff Steve Hunt stated the Traill County Fee final week accepted a contract that might have his division cowl police duties for the town of almost 1,600 individuals. A part of that plan requires present Hillsboro Police Chief Ray Weber to switch to a deputy position inside the Sheriff’s Division.
“We labored collectively for years, so I do not anticipate any huge points so far as transitioning,” Hunt stated.
Weber had labored within the Sheriff’s Division earlier than taking the job as Hillsboro’s prime lawman. Underneath the brand new plan, he would transfer from his workplace in Metropolis Corridor to sheriff’s headquarters within the Traill County Courthouse in Hillsboro.
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Hunt stated the Police Division has been brief an officer since one resigned this previous summer time, however he says he would search a alternative deputy quickly after the contract is signed. The place can be lively as quickly as Jan. 1.
The Traill County Sheriff’s Division already has comparable contracts with Mayville, Portland and Hatton, in addition to offers with Clifford, Reynolds and Buxton.
The newest contract would convey the whole variety of sworn officers to 10 for the sheriff’s workplace that covers 863 sq. miles.
“Principally, as soon as we decide up Hillsboro, we’ll have the entire county,” Hunt stated. “We do have deputies who reside in all these communities as nicely. That’s one factor we do is attempt to station them accordingly.”
Hunt says the expense of operating a division, together with all the coaching and supervision necessities, has led to a development in consolidated contracts in rural areas.
“It is extraordinarily troublesome to cowl a metropolis the dimensions of Hillsboro with two individuals. You must determine in trip, day off and that sort of stuff, and there is simply not too many individuals prepared to dedicate their whole life to their occupation,” he stated. “It is simply so onerous to seek out these individuals who need to do this, and it is actually not proper to anticipate individuals to do it, anyway. Individuals should have time away from the job, and in a small city, you simply do not get away from that.”
Hunt sees the contract as a win-win. The town is contracting for the equal of two officers to patrol the city, however they’re truly getting 10.
Deputies change up their beats, so no officer sticks to only one city.
“All of us work the county. All of us work the cities,” Hunt stated. “It has been very useful for everyone the best way it has been understanding.”
The Metropolis Fee is predicted to vote on the contract Monday.