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Budget cuts are forcing Dougherty County commissioners to make tough decisions that could threaten the Dougherty County Police department.
The family of Cliff Rouse, a DCP officer killed in the in line of duty, is standing by the department during these tough economic times.
Cliff Rouse lost his life while wearing the Dougherty County police uniform. He loved his job and loved the people of Southwest Georgia. His family is now trying to make sure that pride and joy continues to protect people.
"These officers are very dedicated to the work they do," said Jackie Rouse, Cliff's mother. "They are very dedicated to the citizens they patrol. They pull together as a family in any kind of need. They are just a great asset to the community."
Budget concerns have threatened DCP. Commissioners are discussing many different solutions including a possible property tax hike. Jackie Rouse says it would be worth it.
"Those who are in the county that may have to have a property increase, I pay property taxes and cut up every year about my taxes," Jackie Rouse said. "But, if I need a law officer or a public servant, they are there."
Cliff Rouse worked for the department for 19 years and was killed in December 2010. His mother says it was an honor for him to serve the community.
"Very proud to wear the uniform," Jackie Rouse said. "Very proud to wear his brass badge. When he became a Dougherty County police officer, mom and dad became second in his life."
Rouse plans to be at the commission on Monday morning to support the department that's been active for more than 80 years.
"I just hope the commissioners will consider a lot of options other than doing away with this department and seeing what other budget trims they can cut," Jackie Rouse said.
The fate of many brave officers and their families hangs in the balance.
Many possible solutions have been discussed to prevent cuts to DCP. Raising property taxes is one option. Others could be officer layoffs or even combining the department with the Sheriff's office.
The meeting is scheduled for tomorrow morning at 10 o'clock at the government center.