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Pendleton citizens want more deputies amid rise in crime

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A sign still hangs outside of the Plez-U about the former police department. (Nov. 5, 2013/FOX Carolina) A sign still hangs outside of the Plez-U about the former police department. (Nov. 5, 2013/FOX Carolina)
PENDLETON, SC (FOX Carolina) -

The small Anderson County town of Pendleton used to have a police department of its own, but now the sheriff's office handles all of its law enforcement needs.

The Pendleton City council made the decision to use only one officer back in June because of the low crime rate. But Mayor Frank Crenshaw wants that officer to have a constant presence in the community. As it stands, the officer can be called off at any time to provide backup in another area, leaving Pendleton alone.

Citizens there are worried they do not have enough representation, with only one deputy patrolling the area on a daily basis.

"The county needs to assign additional offices to this area," said Franklin Sherrod, a retired lieutenant who worked with the sheriff's office.

During his time, he said there were 18 to 20 deputies patrolling the entirety of Anderson County. Tuesday night, according to the sheriff's office, there were only 12. Lt. Sheila Cole told FOX Carolina Sheriff John Skipper is concerned about staff numbers, and is working to recruit more officers.

Town administrator Steve Miller said Pendleton is too small to need more than one officer.

"There's not that much crime for the area that we have," he said, adding the town only covers a circumference of a mile, with 2,800 citizens.

The sheriff's office said in the past two months, there were four more armed robberies in Pendleton than there were this same time last year. There were also six more burglaries, and car thefts remained the same. The increase is significant for a town so small.

Pendleton leaders are in contract limbo with the Anderson County Sheriff's Office, saying they are paying too much for just one officer to be patrolling the area.

"I think that the sheriff's office has worked themselves into a position where they're stretched so tight they just can't do the job they're paid to do," said Sherrod.

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