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Sheriff's Office uses body cam footage, testimonies in budget proposal

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LUBBOCK COUNTY, Texas -

 

"I just decided I wanted to take how we presented the budget this year in a different direction," Sheriff Kelly Rowe said. 

Body cam footage, real 9-1-1 calls and testimony from deputies were all provided as evidence to county leaders at a budget proposal on Monday, by the Lubbock County Sheriff's Office. 

The 2021 budget is projected to be $47,276,709. That's an increase of nearly $7 million from last year.

"So each day as a detention officer, we start our briefing with a pledge of allegiance and a moment of silence to get our minds prepared for the challenges ahead of us for the day. When we accept this job, as an officer, it does not come with a script of each role we will have to play," Lt. Salome Lopez with the Lubbock County Detention Center said. 

Sheriff Rowe says his agency requires reliable and well-trained staff to do a dangerous and taxing job. 

But he claims the agency is being crippled by low salaries, especially when compared to other law enforcement agencies in the area.


He says because of rising drug and crime rates, there is a need to be able to keep current officers on staff while also being able to recruit more deputies. 


During the meeting, a music video which representatives for the sheriff claimed glorified gangs and drugs in the county, was shown to prove this point.

The video, posted to YouTube in 2017 [WARNING: EXPLICIT LANGUAGE] , includes a disclaimer that the props shown were not real.

This also comes at a challenging time for law enforcement, as many other cities consider pulling funding due to nationwide protests and anti-police rhetoric sparked by police brutality. 


"Law enforcement often many times gets painted with a broad brush. It's something that happened in another state and another city, that we have nothing to do with. We're feeling the effects of that," Sgt. Jared Oliver with the street crimes unit said.


County commissioners  have until the end of the summer to approve the final budget. 

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