DeSoto County supervisors have given the go ahead to a plan that will increase the sheriff department's presence in the county.
Sheriff Bill Rasco says substations are needed because of the county's ever-growing size.
The only new position that may be created in the new office will be a clerical position. The sheriff plans on getting all of these new substations off the ground at low cost to no cost to the taxpayers.
According to County Supervisor Jessie Medlin there is a reason the first sheriff's substation is opening in Olive Branch in the back of the Suzuki dealership.
"I feel like the sheriff is opening this office because we have had so much growth in the Olive Branch area, outside the incorporated city like Center Hill Road," Medlin said. "We have numerous subdivisions out on Center Hill Road and Forest Hill subdivision, things of that nature."
It's currently about a 25-minute drive from the sheriff's department in Hernando.
"From what I understand, the officers won't have to go to Hernando every day," Medlin said. "They will be able to clock in here and it's going to mean more patrol time for them."
Sheriff Rasco has said from the start the substations would save the taxpayers money.
"It will save them gasoline, and wear and tear on the cars going back and forth to Hernando," Medlin said. "It should cut down on response time too."
Sheriff Rasco has more substations planned for DeSoto County, all of which he says should be at low cost or virtually no cost to the taxpayer. He's working to get local businesses to let the department use rental space that is not being used in exchange for an increased presence in that part of the county.
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