New Albany News

Study: Sheriff's deputies rarely called to township


The Franklin County Sheriff's Office responded to 53 calls for service in Plain Township from Jan. 1 to Aug. 16, according to records.

Sgt. Charles Brown of the sheriff's office said that figure is much lower than the number of service calls to other townships in Franklin County.

"This (township) is the smallest number of calls we've had," Brown said.

Brown met with Plain Township trustees Aug. 21 and gave them a list of the 53 calls the sheriff's office handled.

He said the sheriff's office accepts calls in all unincorporated townships in Franklin County.

Brown told trustees the sheriff's office also offers free programs to residents in the unincorporated townships.

Programming includes a citizens academy that teaches individuals how deputies work. The 12-week program teaches residents how to identify drug and gang activity. They also talk to K9 officers, members of a local bomb squad and learn to shoot at a shooting range.

The sheriff's office is training 25 people right now to be first-responders in a large-scale emergency, Brown said.

Brown said the first-responders will be able to do everything from perform first aid to control traffic.

Other programs include establishing a neighborhood watch, how to watch out for drugs and gangs, a rape-aggression defense system and a course on Internet crimes against children.

Trustee Dave Olmstead asked if any of the programs could be hosted at the Plain Township fire station.

Brown said many of the programs travel, but some require a minimum number of participants.

Olmstead said it might be easy to attract a number of people to the fire station by advertising the classes in the township's newsletter.

Trustee David Ferguson agreed, saying the township would be interested in hosting several of the programs.

All programs are listed on the Franklin County Sheriff's Office website,