A Michigan sheriff’s office said on Tuesday that it is considering handling non-urgent calls by phone due to the high price of gas and how much fuel is exhausted in visiting homes for non-urgent matters.
The Isabella County Sheriff’s Office said in a post that has since been deleted that rising gas prices are to blame for the cut in visits, but that they would still send police in case of urgent calls.
Sheriff Michael Main said in the post that the department has already used up its fuel budget with months remaining before it resets, according to ABC News.
“This would be non-in-progress calls, non-life-threatening calls, calls that do not require evidence collection or documentation,” Sheriff Michael Main said on Facebook.
He said his office is “feeling the pain at the pump.”
Deputies “will respond to those calls that need to be managed in person. … I want to assure the community that safety is our primary goal, and we will continue to respond to those types of calls,” the sheriff said.
Main said that calls that would not be responded to include “non-in-progress calls, non-life-threatening calls, calls that do not require evidence collection or documentation.”
“Deputies will continue to provide patrols to all areas of the county.”
“They will respond to those calls that need to be managed in person,” he said. “Any call that is in progress with active suspects will involve a response by the deputies.”
AAA shows that the prices in Michigan for fuel are currently at a record high, with an average of $5.21 per gallon, an increase of over $2 from this time last year.
The national average for fuel when President Biden took office was $2.39. Prices have more than doubled since in time in office, with the Biden camp actually blaming Russian President Vladimir Putin for the high prices, as well as oil companies.