Walla Walla County deputies say they need more help to keep public safe
Walla Walla, Wash. — The Walla Walla County Sheriff’s Office has been pleading with the Board of Commissioners for more funding so they can bring in more man power and decrease response times.
Deputy Ashley Daschofsky said right now they have about four to five deputies on duty per shift. He said of those, only three are available to respond to calls since they each have other responsibilities to attend to. Those responsibilities include K9 trainings, serving eviction notices, traffic stops and school walkthroughs.
When deputies are called out to a scene, it takes them between 20 and 30 minutes to respond if the incident is in Prescott, Waitsburg or Touchet, according to Deputy Daschofsky.
And unless the officer has a K-9, they often work alone.
“The bottom line is, at the end of the day, we just need to make it safe for us and [residents],” he added. “Asking us to go to calls violent, violent calls by ourselves with no back up and nobody around for 20 to 30 minutes is not safe and it is unacceptable.”
Daschofsky said Sheriff John A. Turner has repeatedly presented a plan to the board to no avail.
“We’d like them to come come across the table and work with us and help keep the county safe as a whole not just for us but for the residents that live here as well,” said Daschofsky. “The reality is we don’t feel that they are safe. We don’t think they are getting the coverage they should at this point.”
We have reached out to the Board of Commissioners but have not gotten a response yet.