Created: 02/03/2014 5:32 PM
By: Erica Zucco, KOB Eyewitness News 4
Several viewers have come to KOB Eyewitness News 4 saying the Valencia County Sheriff’s office is taking too long to respond to 911 calls. On Monday, Sheriff Louis Burkhard responded to those claims, saying that response times in the county are actually getting better.
Burkhard says for the first time in years, the department is fully staffed, and they’re using crime trends to decide where to station deputies so they can respond more quickly. He says while there are some exceptions, he thinks response times are under control.
“There are always going to be those times where we're absolutely inundated with calls and that's when we're going to start prioritizing things and making sure that we take care of the most important or most crucial calls first,” Burkhard said.
He calls the claim that the county has a “deputy shortage” inaccurate, but even so, he says he’d take more of them if he could.
“We can always use more help. Especially here, I don't think law enforcements growing at the same pace as population has grown in Valencia County, as long as we can possibly say that we're doing the best with the resources we have... it's getting better over time,” Burkhard said.
Burkhard also debunked claims that they should have more deputies on the weekends than weekdays.
“A lot of people like to think that many of our problems happen Friday or Saturday night. Alcohol, everybody's doing things...with property crimes, trends happen more in the mornings and during the week,” Burkhard said.