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Monday, August 17, 2015

Wayne County Sheriff Not Allowing Off-Duty Deputies to be Hired by NEXUS Pipeline for Security

Wayne County Sheriff
Travis Hutchinson
From Gas & Oil:
Survey crews from the NEXUS natural gas pipeline project visiting Wayne County in July were not accompanied by off-duty deputies as has been done elsewhere. 
Capt. Doug Hunter became aware of NEXUS using off-duty law enforcement officers in other counties, and, to him, it felt like a strong-arm tactic. So, he talked with Sheriff Travis Hutchinson about the issue. 
"We're not private security guards," Hutchinson said. "Our function as a law enforcement agency is to provide the best service to the citizens of Wayne County. I don't want citizens feeling like they are being bullied or pressured." 
"It felt like in some cases, law enforcement was being used for personal gain," Hunter said. "If a deputy is there, it probably makes it more difficult for the property owner to say no."
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