WARREN -- The budget cuts at the Trumbull County Sheriff's Department mean deputies will no longer be working undercover at Trumbull Metropolitan Housing Authority locations.
Sheriff Thomas Altiere informed Donald W. Emerson, TMHA executive director, that as of Monday the contract for the deputies has been suspended.
"They were [doing] undercover activities, for the most part, drug activities -- that sort of thing," Emerson said of the two or three sheriff's personnel. "They were really more preventive, more than anything else."
The sheriff is pulling deputies off road patrols and other duties to staff the jail as he begins to furlough lower-seniority personnel.
"It's a bad thing to lose, in that we certainly have always worked well with the sheriff's department. They have a very high level of professionalism," Emerson noted.
It also means TMHA needs to find another police agency to take over the undercover work. He said the Warren Police Department, which already patrols some of the authority's developments, is a likely candidate.
TMHA also has smaller contracts with Brookfield and Weathersfield police to patrol its properties in those areas.