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Sheriff's office seeks to create more flexibility with deputy rescheduling

Friday, Jan. 3, 2014 9:12 PM
Last updated Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014 2:19 AM
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The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office plans to reschedule deputies in the year ahead so that more are on hand during busy or more crime-heavy hours.

Deputies are now divided almost evenly between two shifts, but under the new plan, lieutenants will have more flexibility when creating shifts so there could be a third one for the hours when more deputies are needed on the streets, Lt. Lewis Blan­chard said.

It’s a change similar to the overhaul of the road patrol that Sheriff Rich­ard Roundtree put in
place soon after he took office in 2013.

Blanchard said the change should increase officer presence without adding new employees or increasing costs.

Other plans are more technically oriented.

The sheriff’s office hopes to switch to an updated software system in the spring. The current system leaves a lot more opportunity for mistakes when computing numbers, Blanchard said.

There has also been an expectation that all departments be more data driven, but that has been
difficult without the correct technology.

Blanchard said the upgrade in technology will improve the accuracy of charting crime and determining where deputies need to be for effectiveness.

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soapy_725 01/04/14 - 09:29 am
Lewis has come a long way from parking guard at Evans HS

You can be anything if you have the right STUFF.

GiantsAllDay 01/04/14 - 11:11 am


gargoyle 01/04/14 - 11:42 am
One of those ideas that

One of those ideas that should have been in place a long time ago. Business across the nation do this to maximize effectiveness.

jojocan 01/04/14 - 12:20 pm
Augusta's problem is going to

Augusta's problem is going to be if and when our police start leaving their jobs in Augusta to go to another county where they will be treated fairly and well for the work they do that make their sheriff look good. What a mess we will be in if this happens because the criminals will be waiting and ready.

SemperParatus 01/04/14 - 08:02 pm
Who is this Lewis Blanchard?

Who is this Lewis Blanchard? Is he a "Columbia County" Blanchard? I have heard, though I can't confirm, that he is related to Grady Smith. Boy, now that's a bonus! At any rate, just how did this Lewis Blanchard appear out of nowhere and get a job on the Richmond County Sheriff's Department as a lieutenant? Not a private, corporal or sergeant. A lieutenant. I may have answered my own question - Grady Smith?

nocnoc 01/05/14 - 10:25 am
the Idea sounds good on paper

and likely will work fighting crime in ARC.

Statistically speaking we know certain crimes are committed at different times of the day.
DUI's late at night,
bank robberies during the day,
Store robberies late evenings and more.

An Statistically we know the general areas they will occur,
which days of the week
and which days of the month they are likely to occur.

So yes I would have to agree adjusting the coverage accordingly for a test period to see how it works in the field.

we also need to look at how it will affect the RCSO Deputies and their families and a few other social issues that could cause resignations or loss to other nearby LEO depts.

myfather15 01/06/14 - 06:19 am

They already are!!! They're even taking pay cuts, just because they want to get out of there.

Karen Slater-McDaniel
Karen Slater-McDaniel 01/06/14 - 04:41 pm
Jojocan & Myfather ... Do you

Jojocan & Myfather ... Do you really believe people leaving is something new? In every department, in any municipality, when changes are made; people leave.

In 23 years I have seen (between APD & RCSO) 8 hour rotating shifts, 10 hour overlapping shifts & 12 hour shifts. I've seen no take home cars & one car assigned to one beat & shared by three separate officers which causes more wear & tear on a car. And, of course, I've seen take home cars.

I've seen people leave due to dissatisfaction & people leave for what they think is a better offer. Remember that old adage about that "green grass". I've even seen a few leave 2-3 times & come back.

Very few ... I will repeat with emphasis, VERY FEW leave for greener pastures & stay gone! And those few who do either go State or Fed, make it big in some type of business outside of law enforcement or are not allowed to come back because of reputation or how they left RCSO.

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