The Cascade County Sheriff’s Office is sitting right at their quota for the number of sworn deputies on the street. However, that number is down by nearly 25 percent from 30 years ago.
Cascade county sheriff Bob Edwards told KFBB there were 46 deputy sheriffs sworn in including the sheriff back in 1985. Fast forward to 2018 and there are only 36 including Sheriff Edwards on the streets. He says there is at least triple the call load compared to 1985. Sheriff Edwards said he wants to find a way to get more deputies on the force.
“My goal is to get as many as possible at once. It's been shown to be very trying to hire 7 at one time so give us a few a year, get us up there. It’s only the right thing to do its right for the recruit, said Sheriff Bob Edwards.
Sheriff Edwards said the budget is being looked at from in house and they have done some cost savings to help bring in new recruits, but he says it does come down to the county commissioners decision to budget in for more boots on the streets.