The police force of Isabella County, Michigan will show up to fewer calls than normal due to high gas prices. The average for a gallon of gas in 2021 in Michigan was around $3.00. Gas Buddy recently announced a national average of $5.00 for one gallon of gas. In Isabella County, the average is currently sitting at $5.19. This has caused the county to deplete its entire gas budget already… just halfway through the year.
Isabella County cannot simply print and spend money as the Federal Government of the United States does to shore up its budget. They have to actually get a budget passed and figure out a way to fund themselves. In the meantime, they have to reduce the number of times squad cars are actually deployed out to calls. The money simply is not there to fuel all of these squad cars at the very high current prices. There is no other choice than to simply cut back. Isabella County police say they will try to resolve issues over the phone whenever possible. This will turn emergency operators into conflict resolution centers.
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Good Morning America on Twitter: “PAIN AT THE PUMP: A Michigan county sheriff’s office is aiming to resolve non-emergency calls by phone after blowing through its fuel budget due to high gas prices. @perezreports has the details. https://t.co/kWY5S6eOU4 https://t.co/qQQAGSj9Dq” / Twitter