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More Walla Walla County Sheriff's Deputies

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WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- Crime doesn't take time off, but until recently, Walla Walla County Sheriff's Deputies did. The Walla Walla County Sheriff's Office changed their shifts. Deputies used to work between 8:00 a.m. and 2:00 a.m. But now, there is at least one on the road 24 hours a day. The change was made in February. Hours were extended to address the absence of deputies during early morning hours. Under the change, all 24 of the County Deputies will work in four squads of five and the office is seeing results.

Captain Berry Blackman with the Walla Walla Sheriff's Office says, "we've also made some arrests again at the hours of the morning where we would normally not have a deputy on. These are the hours between 4 in the morning and 7 in the morning."

According to the office, money for the expansion came from an existing budget. Because the change was made back in February, there aren't any solid numbers to show the impact yet, but Blackman says most of the deputies have no complaints over the scheduling.