02/10/2010

Ohio sheriffs cutting back on patrols due to budget

Budget constraints reducing police presence in some communities

By Dana Wilson
Columbus Dispatch

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Some Ohio sheriffs are dealing with tight budgets by scaling back random crime patrols designed to spot trouble before it begins.

Pared-down road forces are too busy handling day-to-day crimes and emergencies to routinely cruise through every community, the sheriffs say.

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