Shelby County Sheriff announces budget cuts

SHELBY COUNTY, AL (WBRC) - Drastic cuts are coming to the Shelby County Sheriff's Department.

Sheriff Chris Curry says his department does not have enough money to make it through the fiscal year. That means he cannot hire new deputies and some schools will lose DARE programs and school resources because the department needs those additional deputies for other duties.

Curry says schools will have to hire off duty officers for security and school events starting in the Fall.
 
Marine patrols at Lay Lake will also be limited.

Curry says gas costs are also hurting the sheriff's office.

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