Thank you for your important and insightful editorial last week on the sheriff’s boat. The statutory responsibility of the Barnstable County sheriff—and all sheriffs throughout the commonwealth—is the care and custody of inmates. Although the sheriff’s office here on the Cape performs other important regional services, including operating a public safety answering point to answer 911 calls, the operation of a boat is not part of that core mission.

The Barnstable County House of Correction is miles from the nearest ocean shoreline. Although the acquisition of the boat was through a federal grant, the ongoing costs of manning, maintaining and operating the boat are paid for with our tax dollars and divert precious resources that should be used to fund mental health and addiction programs to provide inmates with the essential services to prepare them for reentry to the towns on the Cape where they live. Giving inmates tools to succeed and not reoffend when they return to our neighborhoods is true public safety.

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