Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

July 2, 2013

Tompkinsville police ask for take-home cruisers

By GINA KINSLOW
Glasgow Daily Times

GLASGOW — Many area law enforcement agencies allow their police officers to drive their cruisers home at the end of the workday, and it is possible the Tompkinsville Police Department will join them, depending on what the Tompkinsville City Commission decides.

 Police Chief Dale “Frog” Ford and Assistant Police Chief Jimmy Carter spoke to city commissioners recently about the possibility of creating a “home fleet.”

“At this point, we are desperately in need of a home fleet, because of the shortage of officers that we have,” Ford said.

The Tompkinsville Police Department has six officers, but actually employs eight. Two of its officers were deployed in January with the Kentucky National Guard 1/623rd Field Artillery to Jordan.

Even though the police department has six officers, several have to be off work due to inservice training and to take vacations.

“We are really running on a skeleton crew and it's hard to keep up with the calls as it is,” Ford said.  

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