Sturgeon Police Shortage
The City of Sturgeon sometimes has no officers on duty to respond to late night emergencies. One officer said voters can help fix the problem at the polls next week.
One is a lonely number according to Timothy Kamp, Sturgeons Police Chief. He's the chief and the only full-time police officer.
A part-time officer gives Kamp a two day per week break, but he's always on call."
"The ones I don't like are the three o'clock in the morning ones, but it's part of the job," said Kamp.
Nearby Hallsville has one full time police officer per 300 residents, Centralia 1 per 600 residents, but Sturgeon has one fulltime police officer per 1,000 residents.
Kamp wants voters to pass a one-half of 1% sales tax so the city can hire another full time officer.
On a one hundred dollar purchase the proposed tax will add an extra fifty cents.
Mike Ellington, a Sturgeon resident said, " There's not enough crime in Sturgeon to justify more taxes. I pay $400 to $500 in gas a week and more taxes definitely don't help with three kids."
One man cannot work twenty four hours a day.
If a second officer is hired, instead of waiting 30-40 minutes for backup to be there it will be there within a couple of minutes.
Kemp says the tax will generate $15,000 per year to help pay for the salary of a second officer.
Voters will vote on the sales tax increase on November 8.