HURTSBORO, AL (WTVM) - The town of Hurtsboro has its first ever sheriff sub-station, as the Russell County Sheriff's Department opens a new precinct in the area.
Three of the last four murders that took place in Russell County happened in Hurtsboro, and as part of his first act as Sheriff, Heath Taylor is making sure crime in the town goes down.
"Just the mere presence helps deter crime," said Russell County Sheriff's Deputy Sgt. Darryl Powell.
Just off the square in downtown Hurtsboro you'll see the town's newest neighbor: the Russell County Sheriff's Office new precinct.
Sgt. Powell explained, "This sub-station is going to act as a place for a deputy to do his reports, fill out paperwork, interview people or have people respond here rather than have to drive 30 miles to Phenix City."
A deputy will be assigned to patrol the area, where they will watch out for burglaries and hopefully make residents feel safer.
"This will allow me or the deputy here to simply respond to Pittsview, Hurtsboro or the Rutherford community within Russell County quicker. It's a win-win situation. People get a faster response time, the sheriff's department gets officers in the area and we have a larger presence in the community," Powell told News Leader Nine.
The new precinct isn't the only place that houses law enforcement. Hurtsboro has its own police department. Powell and the Russell County Sheriff's Department said they aren't here to take over, they look forward to both organizations working together, "We work with them in mutual areas of interest. They answer calls just like we do. We are here to augment them and this is Hurtsboro, they have their own police department. They have their own duties and responsibilities. We are not here to interfere with that in any way."
With all of the population growth taking place in Fort Mitchell, the Sheriff's Department plans to open a precinct there as well.