BRAZOS COUNTY- Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week and 365 days a year, the Brazos County Sheriff's Deputies hear the call of duty. But as the Brazos County population grows, more deputies are needed and response times are longer when they don't have enough deputies on patrol. Sheriff Chris Kirk said they are doing the best that they can to keep the community safe with the staff they have.
"In a perfect world, I would double the contingent that we have right now," said the Sheriff.
Eighteen deputies cover four quadrants of Brazos County: nine on the day shift and nine on the night shift.
"We find that it is a a real challenge for us to provide those services with that level of staffing," Kirk said.
They are taking their budgeting needs to Brazos County Commissioners to see if they can add more deputies.
"It's just a process that we have to go through every year to determine what's a need and what's a want," said Precinct 3 County Commissioner, Kenny Mallard.
The Commissioners Court said the county has nearly an $82M budget. The Sheriff's office has the biggest budget of the county: about $16M.
Brazos County Judge Duane Peters said the county is doing everything it can to help the Sheriff's office without raising taxes.
"You know, it costs a lot of money to run a county and we run a pretty lean budget," said Judge Peters.
Even with strict budget constraints, the county allowed the Sheriff's office to add an additional patrol deputy two years ago and the Sheriff's office hopes more additions will come soon.