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

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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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