2017 was a hard year for the Christian County Sheriff’s Office, but Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp is proud of the resiliency and family-like bond his office has, and of the support the community has shown his department throughout the year.
In June, a train and van collision killed five people and hit especially close to home for the Sheriff’s Office. Two of those killed in the accident were the grandparents of Christian County Sheriff’s Deputy Tyler Castle, and Castle was one of the first responders on the scene. Kettelkamp says he is always amazed, however, by the spirit of the community during hard times.
Kettelkamp says his officers put themselves on the line every day, and even come to aid when off-duty, like during a standoff near Rosamond in September.
The drug and opioid epidemic has been an issue that continues to grow in Christian County and nationwide. But, Kettelkamp says the county’s drug task force has taken a bite out of the drug issue here at home.
Kettelkamp says there are facility issues at the jail that need to be worked on, but that county revenues continue to dwindle leaving all county offices scrapping for money. He says he will continue to do what he can with what his office is provided.