Sheriffs Talk Jail Overcrowding And More At Evansville Conference
You may have noticed more law enforcement vehicles in downtown Evansville. More than 50 Indiana sheriffs were in town for their annual summer conference.
And it sounds like they had a busy schedule.
"We do a lot of training. We do a lot of legislative updates.," says Vanderburgh County Sheriff Dave Wedding. He's also president of the Indiana Sheriff’s Association, which explains why its conference was in Evansville.
"We do a lot of roundtable talks with sheriffs about the problems we face. And as everybody knows, we have plenty," Wedding says.
Among the problems, jail overcrowding.
It’s an issue counties across the state are facing, including here as Vanderburgh County officials look into expanding the size of the jail.
"In our situation, we need funding so we can afford the services to offer to inmates, to law enforcement, to the courts, to the judicial system, so that we can find a way to remedy this problem," he says.
Wedding says the sheriffs also talked about how to promote school safety and combat drug addiction.