None of the cities reported to Smith any increases in crime or littering, he said. Smith declined to state how he felt personally about alcohol sales. “My job as a sheriff is to enforce the law,” he said.
Two of the cities surveyed, Rockwall and Midlothian reported a reduction in crime statistics since allowing alcohol sales in their communities, Smith said.
Smith said the study had been conducted in the past 30 days, and the he “expanding on a story written by the Tyler Morning Telegraph earlier this year” concerning the impact of alcohol sales in Mineola and Jacksonville.