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Crime is down in Bent County

(Las Animas, CO) -- Wick Turner is the Bent county Undersheriff and he's in charge of keeping track of numbers. These numbers represent tracking calls for service and Turner told the Commissioners this week that felony crimes are down this year.

"Pretty much all of our criminal filings with the DA's office are down this year." Turner said.

Burglaries are also down. Turner said they're having one to two a month.

Turner also updated commissioners on the staffing numbers. He said the Sheriff's office plans to send two from the jail staff to the Otero Law Academy in the fall. Once they complete the academy, the deputies test for the P.O.S.T exam, or Peace Officers Standards and Training.

"Vince Fraker at the academy, I think he's got it all figured out because the guys we got out of this last academy were a lot further along than I've ever seen recruits come out of the academy, they were a lot more squared away." Turner explained.

"I'm very very happy with our local academy, he's doing an amazing job."

The Otero Law Academy is taking applications for the fall academy. There are no age limits to completing the program. If you would like more information on attending to become a law enforcement officer, visit the website here for the information you will need.

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