Detention Center and Sheriff’s Department Report

Property tax collections for the county thru May were strong.

Sheriff Derek Polston and Jailer Bobby Dunbar both came before the fiscal court Monday night to present their monthly reports.  

Jailer Dunbar told the magistrates that the average inmate population for May was 88, which is down significantly from most months due to fewer arrests and mandated releases because of COVID-19.  

Sheriff Polston said his department answered 581 calls during the month of May, resulting in 33 arrests.

Polston also told the fiscal court that ten million, three hundred eighty-six thousand dollars in property taxes had been collected by his office thru the end of May.   Polston said the collection rate was 97% for the county, which is about the state average.

Polston also announced, as WJRS NEWS first reported last week, that his department had been awarded a $144,000 grant from the Department of Justice which will allow him to hire two school resource officers next school year, one each at Salem and Russell Springs Elementary 

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