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Lenawee County Sheriff asking for more money, hopes to add 3 officers

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ADRIAN, MI (Toledo News Now) -

Lenawee County Sheriff Jack Welsh says he needs more officers on the streets and in the county jail, and that means more money.

The sheriff is asking county commissioners for an additional $205,000 in 2014 to hire two officers to patrol the streets and one to work at the Lenawee County Jail.

"I got elected to keep the public safe, and when we don't have the manpower to do that at the level I think it should be done, it's very frustrating," said Sheriff Welsh.

The sheriff says violent crime is up 64 percent in Lenawee County, and overtime at the jail is up 248 percent in 2013. Sheriff Welsh says low staffing levels are affecting the way the department fights crime.

"We don't have enough people out to be proactive and that's what concerns me. We're not proactive, we're just reactive to what happens to come in and that's all we can do because we just don't have the help," said Welsh.

County commissioners have not yet officially responded to Welsh's request for additional funds.

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