Sheriff’s department budget amendments approved

St. Joseph County commissioners recently approved budget amendments to benefit the sheriff’s department.

During their Nov. 16 meeting, commissioners OK’d a $62,000 adjustment for a policy-review service called Lexipol and an additional $65,000 to cover expenses related to a renovation project.

Sheriff Mark Lillywhite said the renovation centers on the former St. Joseph County Parks and Recreation Department headquarters. The department has relocated administrative operations to Rawson’s King Mill, freeing space for the sheriff’s department.

The building, Lillywhite noted, will be ideal for the sheriff’s department in a number of capacities such as shoot/don’t shoot simulation scenarios, monthly meetings, and CPR, defibrillator and other types of routine trainings.

Lillywhite said he was expecting the work to start immediately.

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