Saint Jo's Police Department is adding a another member. The department has brought in a third police officer. Saint Jo's Chief of Police, Billy Reynolds, says that even though this increase in staff is new this month, he has already seen the benefit of this much needed addition to the city.
"It's helping in quite a number of ways," he says.
Reynolds says a recent addition to their police staff is making a big difference. "By us getting the third officer it just kind of spreads it out a little bit further to where there's not as much on call time," he explains.
Before having three officers on duty, Reynolds and one other officer shared long hours balancing several responsibilities. It was not uncommon for him to work a long shift and then be on call for the rest of the day. He says they even answer county emergency calls.
"Even with our low call count we go actually out to the county and the surrounding area here," says Reynolds.
But now things are different. Reynolds says, "I'm able to come in and do my job as an administrator as well as handle some of the code enforcements and animal control issues."
Saint Jo's Police Department also handles the city's animal control. Reynolds says with the long hours and big list of responsibilities, the city agreed on the need for more help. "We showed them where it was necessary for us to have a third man."
And now with the added help, Reynolds says he and the city leaders' goal of making Saint Jo one of the safest cities is on track.
"We just want to make sure that we have one of the safest if not the safest communities in the state of Texas," Reynolds says.
Chief Reynolds says it is the eventual goal of the department to have a big enough staff to have a twenty four hour police department.