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  • Writer's pictureBill Raines

Lawrence County Sheriff Reports Jail Numbers Are Down

LAWRENCE COUNTY - (December 23, 2021) - Lawrence County Sheriff Mike Branham reported the numbers are down at the jail reporting only 149 inmates on Tuesday night. This means the jail was at 83 percent capacity.

Sheriff Branham reporting the numbers was at 155 in 2019.

Total Inmates - 149

Males - 126

Females - 23

Level - 6 - 1

DOC Holds - 21

Parole - 0

Sheriff Branham also reports that in September a MOU was signed between the 911 Board and Sheriff's department to lay-out procedures for the dispatchers. The dispatchers will be responsible for opening doors and other duties.

The Central Dispatch will be under the authority of the 911 board and 911 Director which previously was under the control of the sheriff.

The ultimate goal is to move all of 911 calls into one central dispatch. At the present time both City of Bedford and Lawrence County Sheriff's Department answer 911 calls. This will help reduce the number of 911 transfers between the two departments.

Lawrence County Council member Janie Craig Chenault asked about whether ambulance calls are being answered in Indianapolis. Branham replied that only inter-facility transfers calls are being dispatched through Indianapolis, and 911 calls are answered at the central dispatch.

IU Health Lifeline Ambulance took over the IU Health Ambulance service a couple months ago, eliminating the dispatch center at IU Health Bedford.

Both IU Health and Seals Ambulance Service is being dispatched for emergencies through Bedford dispatch or Lawrence County Central Dispatch.

Sheriff Branham also reports the department transferred cell phone services to ATT&T First Net which has saved the department a substantial amount of money. Verizon cell service got very expensive. The cell service was tested throughout the county to make sure that the system worked properly in the county.

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