June 16, 2022

Michigan Sheriff to Cut Down on Police Response to Non-Urgent Calls

  • Flyover Country

By: Konrad Holden 

In Brief: 

A Michigan sheriff announced this week that his officers would be handling non-urgent calls over the phone rather than responding in person. The announcement cited rising gas prices as the reason for sending officers out to non-urgent issues. The county has exhausted its fuel budget even with several more months until the budget resets.

The Background: 

Many Americans have been feeling “pain at the pump” amidst the massive spike in gas prices since the start of Joe Biden’s presidency. 

And so have law enforcement agencies. In fact, one agency used those exact words to announce that his office would no longer respond to non-urgent calls.

Isabella County Sheriff Michael Main in Michigan announced that his officers would only respond to calls for crimes in progress, life-threatening calls, and calls where evidence collection or documentation might be required.

"Deputies will continue to provide patrols to all areas of the county, they will respond to those calls that need to be managed in person," Main said.

The department has already exhausted the funds it has budgeted fuel with several months remaking before the budget will reset.

The average price of regular fuel across the country hit $5.00 on Tuesday.

Notable Quotes: 

"Any call that is in progress with active suspects will involve a response by the deputies. I want to assure the community that safety is our primary goal, and we will continue to respond to those types of calls." - Sheriff Michael Main

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