BREAKING NEWS: Sheriff suspends answering bulk of 911 calls

Knox Sheriff’s Department officials confirmed Thursday morning that they will not be answering the bulk of 911 calls for assistance in the county.

“No, were not. We’ve got to get everything closed out and shut down,” said Chief Deputy Derek Eubanks. “We’ve got a whole lot of cases open and a whole lot to do in six months.We’re too busy and we don’t have enough people.”  

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“We will be assisting the state, but the state is taking care of it…the majority of them. We are still helping with some between doing everything else,” he said. “We’ve got twelve years of cases to get cleaned up and get all the paperwork through court, to have everything in order to turn over to the new people, whoever it may be.”

Eubanks said 911 officials have been notified of the department’s decision not to answer their normal call volume.

“We are still handling some, but we can’t handle the whole load and get everything cleared up too,” he said.

Under Kentucky law, sheriffs have the right to respond to emergency calls, but are only required to provide court security and collect taxes.