Seymour police to use more money for drug investigations

Seymour Police Department will have more money to spend on drug investigations for the rest of the year.

In response to the increase in heroin and methamphetamine in the area, Police Chief Bill Abbott said more funds are needed to help cut the available supply of drugs on the streets and to put drug dealers behind bars.

City council approved Abbott’s request Monday to transfer $37,000 from the police patrol payroll account with nearly half going to finance drug investigations and the other half for equipment.

The equipment will put the police department and the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department on the same in-house computer operating system to be able to share information.

Abbott said the $37,000 is coming from the salary of an open patrolman position. He hopes to fill the position in October, he said.

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January Rutherford is a reporter for The (Seymour) Tribune. She can be reached at or 812-523-7069.