Michigan police says higher gas prices has forced them to ask deputies to handle non-urgent calls


Michigan police department says higher gas prices has forced them to ask deputies to handle non-urgent calls over the PHONE instead of sending officers to call-outs

  • Michael Main, the sheriff of Isabella County, made the announcement in a Facebook post Tuesday 
  • ‘We have exhausted what funds were budgeted for fuel with several months to go before the budget reset,’ he wrote 
  • However, in the two days since making the announcement, the department has deleted the statement 
  • Gas prices in Michigan were at an average of $5.21 per gallon statewide Thursday, according to AAA . Isabella County is at $5.19 

A Michigan police department says that because of skyrocketing gas prices, they have hit the limit of their fuel budget and are asking deputies to handle ‘non-urgent’ calls over the phone. 

Michael Main, the sheriff of Isabella County, made the announcement in a Facebook post Tuesday. 

‘We have exhausted what funds were budgeted for fuel with several months to go before the budget reset,’ he wrote.

‘I have instructed the deputies to attempt to manage whatever calls are acceptable over the phone. This would be non-in-progress calls, non-life-threatening calls, calls that do not require evidence collection or documentation.’

Michael Main, the sheriff of Isabella County, made the announcement in a Facebook post Tuesday

Michael Main, the sheriff of Isabella County, made the announcement in a Facebook post Tuesday

A Michigan police department says that because of skyrocketing gas prices, they have hit the limit of their fuel budget and are asking deputies to handle 'non-urgent' calls over the phone

A Michigan police department says that because of skyrocketing gas prices, they have hit the limit of their fuel budget and are asking deputies to handle ‘non-urgent’ calls over the phone

However, in the two days since making the announcement, the department has deleted the statement. 

Gas prices in Michigan were at an average of $5.21 per gallon statewide Thursday, according to AAA. Isabella County is at $5.19, both well above the national average of $4.95 per gallon. 

‘Deputies will continue to provide patrols to all areas of the county, they will respond to those calls that need to be managed in person,’ Main continued. ‘Any call that is in progress with active suspects will involve a response by the deputies.’ 

‘I want to assure the community that safety is our primary goal, and we will continue to respond to those types of calls.’

The statement, however, has since been removed from the department’s Facebook page. 

Main, a Republican who won his most recent election unopposed, has not yet responded to requests for comment. He has served as sheriff since 2016. 

Gas prices in Michigan were at an average of $5.21 per gallon statewide Thursday, according to AAA . Isabella County is at $5.19, both well above the national average of $4.95 per gallon

Gas prices in Michigan were at an average of $5.21 per gallon statewide Thursday, according to AAA . Isabella County is at $5.19, both well above the national average of $4.95 per gallon

The sheriff’s office’s entire Facebook history appears to have been deleted from the page. 

The office’s website also makes no mention of the fuel shortage.  

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