Madison Co. Sheriff says rising crime is stretching his limited staff thin, requests more deputies

MADISON COUNTY, Ind. -- As crime continues to rise in some areas of Madison County, the sheriff’s department says it's struggling to patrol the areas that need it most because of its limited staff.

Madison County Sheriff Scott Mellinger says his limited patrol staff is impacting response times to non-emergency calls and the ability to proactively patrol areas that have seen a recent increase in crimes.

One of those areas is River Park Estates on the east side of Anderson, which has seen a major increase in car break-ins, prowlers and property damage reports in the past few weeks.

“We just really need more human resources to do more preventative work,” Mellinger said. “Our guys and gals out there are doing everything they can. I think they wish they had more time to do crime prevention as well.”

Mellinger says he plans to ask for three more deputies in next year’s budget. He also plans to ask for an increase in staffing at the Madison County jail, which he says is overcrowded.

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