Peoria, Ill. (WEEK) - Many agencies have scrambled to put together a budget as the new year inches closer. Among those, the Peoria County Sheriff's Office.
One of the big changes includes eliminating the custodial service the county jail has been using for over three decades, Kimco Services. This is expected to save $130,000 per year because female inmates will take over the duties.
An anonymous tip brought us to the story because they were concerned about safety for both parties, officers and inmates. They believed this would give inmates more access and privileges than ever before.
Sheriff Brian Asbell says while that is true, safety procedures are in place and a female officer is designated to supervise this program. Ultimately, this will allow money to go elsewhere.
"It's not going to be free reign. There's going to be a staff member present. The more we can save internally, that's two more officers that we can put on the street and that's where the true need is", said Sheriff Asbell.
Sheriff Asbell says he's had an overwhelming response from women wanting to participate in the volunteer based program. He says that this gives them a chance to build skills for the work force so they don't return to jail.
The focus is to use money for continued training for officers.