The Robertson County Sheriff’s Office learned last evening that a decision had been made to close the doors and disband the Ridgetop Police Department.
On May 3, the sheriff’s office received a phone call from Ridgetop Mayor Tony Reasoner, stating that the Ridgetop Police Department was going to move to a part-time department.
In a meeting that took place Monday night, a final decision was made to fully close the police department down.
Because of this decision, the Robertson County Sheriff’s Office will be responding to calls for law enforcement service inside the city limits of Ridgetop. This does place an increased call volume on the patrol division.
The sheriff’s office is also currently responding to calls for service for the Coopertown Police Department and the Cross Plains Police Department when they are not available. The City of Cross Plains currently has not filled two full-time police officer positions and is only utilizing one part-time officer. Additionally, the Coopertown Police Department is not operating 24/7 law enforcement services.
In order to minimize response times, Sheriff Michael Van Dyke has requested the county commission to provide additional patrol deputies for fiscal year 2019-2020.
“The sheriff’s office is dedicated to providing professional law enforcement services to every citizen of Robertson County and must be allocated the resources to do so”, said Van Dyke.