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Lee Sheriff hopes to utilize stimulus money

By Len Kiese - bio | email

LEE COUNTY, GA (WALB) - Lee County leaders hope to put more law enforcers on the streets with the help of stimulus money.

Wednesday afternoon, Lee County Sheriff Reggie Rachals and Major Dennis Parker told commissioners about their plan to apply for a Cops Grant. The money would pay salary and benefits of new officers for three years.

Commissioners gave the go-ahead to apply. Sheriff Rachals hopes to get enough money to hire five new deputies.

"With them coming on the street, it would be a great help to this county as far as covering our citizens, not just from Lee County but those that come into the county to shop or just pass through," said Rachals.  

Calls to Lee County 911 increased more than 53-percent in the last seven years. The grants only cover three years. After that the county would have to take on the costs of the new deputies.

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