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Inflation affecting law enforcement

Think high gas prices are a problem for you and your household? Consider what it is doing for the safety of your community, as some law enforcement agencies in Ohio say they are cutting back on patrols, to save on gasoline.

South Zanesville Police Chief Mark Ross told Fox News he has asked his department to conduct “stationary patrols” of neighborhoods, to conserve gasoline and save money. It’s a responsible move to save taxpayer dollars, but could create a new problem, as officers are asked to sit in one spot and turn off their engines. (Think about what that must feel like, in this heat.)

“We’re not as visible as we normally want to be,” Ross said. “We’d like to move around through our village and let people see us.”

According to Ross, cutbacks for patrols will continue as gasoline prices rise because “We’re going to be over our budget if it continues. Economically, we’re getting strapped here.”

Sound familiar?

We’ve all got to make adjustments when inflation rears its ugly head.

While families are cutting back on small trips, car-pooling, and changing vacation plans, South Zanesville is likely not the only Ohio law enforcement agency that must make difficult decisions about how to do the job.

For goodness sake, folks, don’t make it any tougher on them. Do not be vigilantes, but as always, if you see something, say something.

Officers who are struggling to serve and protect while being asked to stay in one place are going to need whatever help they can get.

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