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June 16, 2003

Albany - The safety of the community will be jeopardized if the Dougherty County commission cuts his staff says Sheriff Jamil Saba. The proposed 2004 budget eliminates the Sheriff Department's patrol unit, criminal investigators, and crime scene technician. In all, six people would lose their jobs.

On Monday, Sheriff Saba told commissioners the investigative division solved hundreds of crimes last year including murders and armed robberies. And he said Albany wouldn't be as safe without them, but the county administrator says investigations can be handled by the Dougherty County and Albany Police.

"Hundreds of people call us to work their cases, and we help the DCP and APD with many of their cases," said Sheriff Saba. "The community needs our investigative division."

"We are duplicating services," said Richard Crowdis, County Administrator. "I spoke with the Chiefs of Police for the APD and DCP, and they both said the can handle this extra workload."

County commissioners must approve the new budget by June 30th.

Posted at 5:25PM by kathryn.murchison@walb.com