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Column: Sheriff’s plan would beef up police presence

Lancaster County is the fastest-growing county in the U.S., and Indian Land is the fastest-growing area in Lancaster County, according to the latest Census figures.

Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile said he is concerned that with all the growth coming into Indian Land, there will be more crime.

Last week, Faile invited all the HOA presidents in the Indian Land and Pleasant Valley fire districts for the first meeting of the new HOA Coalition.

The sheriff’s office is proposing a Special Purpose Fee District to provide enhanced services to the citizens within these fire districts. If approved, this area would be funded to provide 12 additional deputies. There currently are 13 deputies assigned to the Indian Land area (three deputies per shift plus District Cmdr. Lt. Colie Trimnal.)

This fee also would provide three investigators that would be permanently assigned to this Special Tax District. This would increase manpower to nine deputies per shift: the district commander plus three investigators.

If this gives us faster response times, increased visibility and increased traffic safety, I am all for it.

For further information, call Capt. Jeff Hilton at 803-313-2106 or Deputy Bill Murphy at 803-313-2148, or cellphone 803-288-2734.

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