BURKE COUNTY (WJBF) – Burke County Sheriff Alfonzo Williams is asking county leaders to help his department meet its needs for the coming year.
“Historically, we haven’t gotten a budget that’s representative of our history,” Sheriff Williams said.
He presented his plan to county commissioners on Tuesday. Williams is asking for $1.2 million. He says there are many ways to use the money.
“First of all, if you look across the country, we’re having trouble recruiting, training and retaining officers across the country and that’s due to a number of factors,” Sheriff Williams said.
Sherriff Williams says he’s trying to help change the law enforcement narrative — and these funds will help.
“we are creating a footprint across this country and if we can change the mindsets of some of our law enforcement if we can get them to understand that you are in this industry to serve and not be served, we are changing the narrative” says Sheriff Williams.
Sheriff Williams also says it’s time to replace tasers and body cameras for his officers.
“Courts the public demanding more evidence now more digital evidence you know a long time ago word of mouth from the police officer what was all that was needed is no longer the case,” Sheriff Williams said.
The sheriff says that while it has taken a long process to get commissioners to fund law enforcement needs, he hopes deputies will have what they need to protect and serve.