The Cumberland County Budget Committee recently passed over a request from Sheriff Casey Cox for four additional patrol deputies. The sheriff’s office has not seen additional patrol deputies approved by the budget committee since 1999. (The budget committee, as well as the county commission, recently approved student-resource officers for schools, but not patrol deputies) Cox told 105.7 News that Putnam County, which is 280 square miles smaller than Cumberland County, has more than 70 post-certified officers. In Cumberland County, just over 50 officers are post certified. Cox said the officers and deputies of the sheriff’s department are doing an outstanding job but more are needed. Cox can not hire any additional officers without funding from the budget committee and the approval of the county commission.