Santa Cruz County faces correctional officer shortage

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Santa Cruz County faces correctional officer shortage

TAXES AND MAKE LESS THAN 75- THOUSAND DOLLARS. ## A CORRECTIONAL OFFICER SHORTAGE HAS FORCED THE SANTA CRUZ COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE TO TEMPORARILY CLOSE TWO UNITS AT ITS FACILITIES. ACTION NEWS EIGHT REPORTER PHIL GOMEZ, SHOWS US WHAT VEMOS THE SHERIFF HAS MADE TO PROTECT INMATES AND CORRECTIONAL OFFICS ER This was not a cost saving move by the Sheriff’s Office. The temporary shuttering of Blaine Street women’s facility and Rountree Medium facility was to provide safety for corectional offiers. “We’re budgeted for 94 correctional officers. Currently, we have4 6 working through all of the faciliti. es FIFTEEN CORRECTIONAL OFFICERS HE AVLONG TM ER INJURI ES SIX ARE NOW IN TRAINING. THATS ABOUT TWENTY ONE POSITIONS THE SHERIFF’S OFFICE IS ALSO TAKING FIVE PATROL DEPUTIES AND MOVING THEM TO CORRECTIONS. “There’s a number of reasons for the staffing shortage, Covid 19, we had to stop hiring for about a year along with peoplenot applying as frequently.” THE ‘S’ UNIT AT ROUNTR EE CURRENTLY HAS 19 INMATES AND AT THE BLAINE STREET FACILITY HAS SIX MONARCH SERVICES WHICH PROVIDES SUPPO SRTERVICES TO WOMEN SAYS INMATED WILL BE MOVED INTOHE T MAIN JAIL IN DOWNTOWN SANTA CRUZ “I think what it means that the facility that is sort of designedd to provide problematic needs of women durng their time icun stody that they’re being moved from a facility that’s not neccesarily designed for them.” THE SHERIFF’S OFFICE IS HIRING TEN ADDITIONAL CORRECTIONAL OFFICERS TO ALSO CUT COSTS ON OVERTIME SUPERVISOR BRUCE MCPHERSON SAYS” , Correction officers have been working mandatory overtime for several y rsea and it is just to much. I support Sheriff Hart’s decision to temporarly close two of the smaller housing facilities while hites am works to hire more officers. And the Sherriff Officer offered this update on 3 inmates who overdosed last Friday at the Main jail. Corrtieconal Officers administered Narcan that saved their lives. Now an investitigaon on how the co

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Santa Cruz County faces correctional officer shortage

The Sheriff’s Department reported that they are down 30 officers.

The Sheriff’s Department reported that they are down 30 officers.

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