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Budget Reductions Affect Assignments
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Effective June 20 the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department temporarily suspended the full-time Public Information Officer position along with several other specialty assignments due to the current budget crisis. The Sheriff's Department was asked by the Board of Supervisors to reduce the operating expenses for the 2009-2010 fiscal year by nearly $7 million.

"Our job in law enforcement is to protect the public. To do that I need to keep deputies working on the street and in the jails," said Sheriff Adam Christianson. "We have to temporarily suspend/reduce our levels of services we have provided for many years, moving these positions back to working the streets and the jail facilities. This decision was part of an overall budgetary plan to avoid potential layoffs of deputy sheriff's."

Among the most visible officer being reassigned is Royjindar Singh, who served as the department's Public Information Officer.

"I appreciate the outstanding work by Deputy Royjindar Singh," said Sheriff Christianson. "His work with the media has been exemplary."

Some of the assignments that have been temporarily suspended include the Public Information Officer, Deputy Director of Stanislaus Police Activities League, one Internal Affairs Investigator, and one Gang Taskforce Investigator.