Edmonson Voice Staff
A message from the Edmonson County Sheriff’s Office:
As many of you know, the Edmonson County Fiscal Court voted to withdraw from the Drug Task Force a few weeks ago upon the recommendation from Sheriff Wil Cannon and Lieutenant Shane Doyle.
Many of you have had questions and concerns regarding the matter. The Edmonson County Sheriff’s Department wants everyone to know that there is no cause for concern. We are currently fighting drugs in our county harder than ever before.
The number one asset that the Drug Task Force always had was our department and other local law enforcement. Without us, the task force would have simply been ineffective. We initiated almost every drug investigation they had by bringing them the information they needed. Our department has been active in almost every drug investigation since Sheriff Cannon was elected. We were there in full force on all drug busts in the county, even storing the evidence in our facilities. They could do very little without our help.
Before making the decision to leave the task force, we studied the numbers, researched all the information, and reviewed every possible scenario. One key factor was that the cost for us to remain in the task force increased substantially. We used to benefit from grant money that is now no longer available to Edmonson County. We now have to pay what is called “Buy-in Money,” which is about $9,400.00 per year. We also pay salary, benefits and overtime for our investigator. Just this year alone, in the five months we employed an investigator from the Drug Task Force, we were out over $3,000.00 in overtime—nearly all of which was in Barren and Allen counties, not here at home. Additionally, the Drug Task Force board of directors voted to rewrite the contract to require that all assets from drug seizures would go directly to the Task Force. This policy alone has cost the people of our county close to $75,000.00 over the past four years.
Sheriff Cannon, Lt. Doyle, and the rest of our department know that the best thing for Edmonson County is to provide our own investigator who will spend all of their time in Edmonson County. This will be far more productive and efficient as our own investigator would not only be able to work drug cases, but also help with other investigations, such as burglaries and thefts. We know that most theft occurs as a result of drug use or activity. Solving these crimes will enable the investigator to develop their own information on dealers, activity, and drug use here at home.
The final asset is that all forfeitures will remain in Edmonson County and not somewhere else. This will be a great benefit to all our citizens. So rest assured, leaving the Drug Task Force and adding our own drug investigator will be the best thing for our department, our families, and all Edmonson County citizens. We’ll be stronger and much more effective in our fight against drugs. And rest assured, we will never stop or slow down our attack in the war on drugs.