CCSO developing resident deputy program, starting with Fort Shaw

The Cascade County Sheriff’s Office is looking to establish a resident deputy program with the first one being based in Fort Shaw.

On Tuesday, the County Commission approved a memorandum of understanding with the Sun River Valley School District.

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Under the agreement, the district would provide housing at 2 School Loop Road in Fort Shaw. The building includes three residential units and the district would provide one to CCSO for a resident deputy.

CCSO has not yet selected a deputy for the position.

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Under the agreement, the cost to the county is $1 and the school district would be responsible for the cost of housing, taxes on the property insurance, utilities and maintenance.

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Sheriff Jesse Slaughter said last week that the resident deputy in Fort Shaw would provide a presence in the schools, attend community events and essentially serve as the deputy in the valley.

The position would be a patrol deputy and would still respond to incidents in the county as needed when on shift, Slaughter said, but would focus on the valley area, to include Fort Shaw, Simms, Sun River and Sun Prairie.

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During the commission meeting, Undersheriff Cory Reeves said CCSO was in talks with Belt and Cascade to see what they could offer for the resident deputy program.

The county currently has contracts with Belt and Cascade for CCSO to provide 20 hours per week of law enforcement services. The agreement with Belt also includes prosecutorial services from the county attorneys’ office for all misdemeanor DUI and partner family member assault offenses issued in territorial law enforcement jurisdiction of the Town of Belt.

That two-year agreement was approved last summer and the cost to Belt was $55,774.34 for fiscal year 2019, which ends June 30.

The commission approved a four-year contract with the Town of Cascade for the same services.

The cost to the town for that agreement is $51,308.57 for the current fiscal year, increasing each year to $59,935.71 for fiscal year 2022.