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Lawrence County Sheriff's Office Releases Results of Click It or Ticket Enforcement

The Lawrence County Sheriff's Office ticketed one (1) motorist for not wearing seat belts during the April 12th Click It or Ticket mobilization.  Law Enforcement agencies throughout Missouri participated in this statewide effort to get more motorists to buckle up - and save more lives.

During the enforcement effort, deputies issued a total of two (2) traffic citations including one (1) seat belt ticket and one (1) child restraint violation.  Two (2) fugitives were apprehend and  106 warnings were issued for various other traffic violations.

Despite evidence proving the benefits of wearing a seat belt, nearly one in five Missouri motorists are still no making it click.  Even more concerning, six out of ten Missourians killed in traffic crashes are unbuckled.

"Seat belts are your single best defense in a crash," stated Sheriff Brad DeLay.  "We will continue to encourage drivers to make a simple, smart choice to buckle up and Arrive Alive."

For more information on Missouri's seat belt use, visit www.saveMOlives.com.  Buckle Up and Arrive Alive.

Lawrence County Sheriff's Office to Host 700 hour Law Enforcement Academy

The Lawrence County Sheriff's Office will be hosting a 700 hour basic law enforcement academy starting August 23, 2018.  The academy will meet Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. and Saturday's and Sundays' 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

 

Persons who graduate from the 700 hour academy will graduate with a class "A" peace officer license; PPCT Defensive Tactics Certification; Taser Certification; OC/Pepper Spray Certification; First Responder Certification; NHTSA SFST Certification; Court Security Training; Less Lethal Munitions Certification and 120 hour Jail Officer Training.

 

Cost for the academy is $5,000.00.  Veteran's benefits, financial aid and college credit hours are available for those who qualify.

You may obtain an application from the Missouri Sheriff's Association website at www.mosheriffs.com

 A flyer for the academy is located below.

Academy flyer

 

Lawrence County Sheriff's Office To Participate in Six-State Drug Impaired Driving Enforcement Campaign

                                        Lawrence County Sheriff's Office To

Participate in Six-State Drug Impaired Driving Enforcement Campaign

“Driving High? Kiss Your License Goodbye!”

 

 

Like drunk driving, drugged driving is impaired driving, which means it is illegal in all 50 States Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C. Whether the drug is obtained legally or illegally, driving while drug-impaired poses a threat to the driver, vehicle passengers and other road users.

 

Between April 20 and April 22, The Lawrence County Sheriff's Office will join participating law enforcement from Arkansas, Kansas, Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska, and Oklahoma in “Driving High? Kiss Your License Goodbye!”— a six-state Drug Impaired Driving enforcement campaign to put an end to drug impaired driving.

 

Law enforcement officers across the state will patrol hundreds of miles of roadway. By concentrating law enforcement on high traffic corridors, organizers hope to put motorists on guard and encourage sober and safe driving.

 

Local Impact

“Drug impaired driving is a serious safety issue for drivers and law enforcement on Lawrence County roadways,” said Sheriff Brad DeLay. “By intensifying enforcement of drug impaired driving laws, we hope people will think twice before driving while impaired by any drug. It is deadly for the driver, but also for his or her passengers, and for other people on the streets. If you are taking any type of drug, prescription, over-the-counter or illegal, make plans for a sober driver. Do not get behind the wheel of a vehicle.“

 

Drug impairment effects on drivers

It is never safe to drive when impaired. This not only means refraining from drunk driving, but also from drug-impaired driving. If you think driving while high won’t affect you, you are wrong; it has been proven that THC – the chemical responsible for most of marijuana’s psychological effects – slows reaction times, impairs cognitive performance and makes it more difficult for drivers to keep a steady position in their lane. The bottom line is this: It doesn’t matter what term is used, if a person is high, stoned, wasted or drunk, he or she is impaired. Driving while impaired by any substance is illegal and can be deadly to the driver and other road users.

 

“Our goal is to save lives and we’re putting all drivers on alert – Drug impaired driving is against the law. Remember “Driving High? Kiss Your License Goodbye!” said Sheriff DeLay.

 

For more information on drug impaired driving, please visit http://trafficsafetymarketing.gov/.

Sheriff's Office to Host Citizen's Academy

LAWRENCE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE

CITIZENS ACADEMY

 

INTRODUCTION

The Sheriff’s Citizens Academy is a 11-week program designed to give participants a working knowledge of the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office.  This free program gives participants an in-depth, educational, and often exciting hands-on look behind the scenes of law enforcement work in their community.

 

IMPORTANCE OF THE SHERIFF’S CITIZENS ACADEMY

Community oriented policing is an important and vital part in reducing crime in any community.  One major objective of the program is to have graduates become partners with the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office to identify problems and solutions to crime issues that affect Lawrence County.  Academy graduates take their knowledge back to their neighborhoods where it can be used to enhance the quality of life in our community.

 

CLASS SCHEDULE

Classes are held one night a week from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm to accommodate as many schedules as possible.  The Sheriff’s Citizens Academy is held 1 time per year currently, but could increase in the near future. The Academy will accommodate up to 25 participants.

 

PARTICIPATION REQUIREMENTS

The Sheriff’s Citizens Academy is open to participants that meet the following requirements:

Be at least 21 years of age Anyone who lives, works, or owns property in Lawrence County Must not be a convicted felon or have a lengthy or violent criminal history; applicants must pass a criminal history check before admittance into the program No children are permitted during sessions No person under the influence of alcohol or other substances will be allowed to participate No weapons will be permitted in the classroom or during any exercise Casual wear for classroom and exercises (you will be provided an Academy shirt) Business casual for ride-along Students will conduct themselves in a manner to positively reflect Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office Students who come under criminal investigation should remove themselves from the program until the investigation is concluded No more than 1 class can be missed in order to graduate

 

The Sheriff’s Citizens Academy is not a physically demanding program.  Adults of all ages are encouraged to apply. 

An application is attached below.

The academy is scheduled to begin June 5, 2018 and will be held on Tuesday evenings until the completion of the academy.

 Citizens Academy Application

Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office Releases Youth Seat Belt Enforcement Results

Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office Releases Youth Seat Belt Enforcement Results

The Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office participated in the statewide youth seat belt mobilization conducted march 15-31. During the enforcement effort, deputies issued a total of four (4) traffic tickets including: one (1) seat belt tickets; one (1) speeding tickets; one (1) driving while intoxicated; and on (1) other traffic violation.  62 warnings were issued for various other traffic offensese as a result of the crackdown.

“Seat belts are your single best defense in a crash,” stated Sheriff Brad DeLay. “Law enforcement will continue to encourage drivers to make a simple, smart choice to buckle up and Arrive Alive.”

Despite evidence proving the benefits of wearing a seat belt, 33 percent of teens do not buckle up. Eight out of ten Missouri teens killed in traffic crashes are unbuckled.

Buckle Up and Arrive Alive. For more information on Missouri seat belt usage, visit www.saveMOlives.com.

 

March 2018 Call Stats Released

TRAFFIC March 2018
DWI 1
DWR/DWS/NO DL 3
SPEEDING 72
FAIL TO REGISTER 19
LANE VIOLATION 12
FAIL TO STOP 18
NO INSURANCE 2
NO SEATBELT 1
C AND I DRIVING 5
EQUIPMENT VIOLATION 11
NO FRONT PLATE 6
INVESTIGATIVE 4
WARRANT ARREST 2
OTHER HMV 1
OTHER NON HMV 3
TOTAL NUMBER OF STOPS 143
TOTAL NUMBER OF CITIATIONS 9
TOTAL WARNINGS 135
CALLS FOR SERVICE March 2018
STEALING/THEFT 26
BURGLARY 7
PROPERTY DAMAGE 14
ASSAULT 7
DOMESTIC DISTURBANCE 40
GENERAL DISTURBANCE 4
NARCOTICS 3
HARASSMENT 4
ALARM 16
FIRES 8
MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT 21
TRESPASS 8
CIVIL MATTER 47
OFFICER/AGENCY ASSIST 101
DEATH 0
MOTORIST ASSIST 8
911 HANG UP 28
CHECK WELL BEING 21
ANIMAL 24
FOLLOW UP INVESTIGATIONS 41
MEDICAL 16
CHECK VEHICLE 29
CITIZEN CONCERN 81
PYSCOLOGICAL CALL 15
MISCELLANEOUS 36
EXTRA PATROL REQUEST 3
   
TOTAL CALLS FOR SERVICE 608
TOTAL NUMBER OF ARRESTS 16
   

Lawrence County Sheriff's Office to Step Up Seat Belt Enforcement

The Lawrence County Sheriff's Office will be joining efforts with statewide law enforcement on April 12th for an aggressive "Click It or Ticket" mobilization to get more motorists to buckle - up and save more lives.

Despite evidence proving the benefits of wearing a seat belt, 16% of Missouri motorists are still not making it click.  Even worse, 61% of vehicle occupants killed in crashes in Missouri were unrestrained.

"Local motorists should be prepared for stepped up Click It or Ticket enforcement," said Sheriff Brad DeLay.  "We'll be out there to remind you seat belts can - and do - save lives."

Buckle Up and Arrive Alive.  For more information on Missouri seatbelt usage, visit www.saveMOlives.com.

 

Sheriff Reminds Citizens to Mark Addresses on Residences

The Lawrence County Sheriff's Office wants to remind citizens the importance of making sure that their residences are marked and easily identifiable from roadways.

Recent incidents have proven difficult for emergency responders to locate residences in need of assistance because of the lack of visible address and/or deteriorated addresses.

While we do have the latest 911 system available for use in Lawrence County, which aids in locating residences, it doesn't necessarily mean that it will locate it exactly.  Responders are the final piece of the puzzle when you call and if they can't locate your address, precious time is wasted.

The Sheriff's Office encourages home owners to place at least 3" reflective numbers and lettering near the roadway/driveway to your residence.  This could be on a mailbox, stand alone address sign or other item capable of displaying this information.  An alternate method would be to place the same numbers/letters on a conspicuous place on the residence itself if it is close enough to the roadway.

While we hope you never need us, we are asking you to help us in the event you do.

Thank you,

Sheriff DeLay

 

Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office Releases Results of the St. Patrick’s Day Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Campaign

Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office Releases Results of the St. Patrick’s Day Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Campaign

The Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office worked around the clock during the St. Patrick’s Day weekend. Partnering with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over drunk-driving enforcement campaign showed zero tolerance for impaired driving and helped keep community streets safe during the weekend of holiday festivities.

The Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office ramped up its usual enforcement efforts, adding four (4) deputies for this enforcement. The Sheriff said that by removing drunk drivers from the roads, many lives were likely saved.  During the enforcement four (4) tickets were issued for speeding, one (1) for seat belt, one (1) for uninsured motorist, two (2) for suspended/revoked licenses and two (2) fugitives were apprehended.  Deputies also issued 93 warnings for various other violations.

“St. Patrick’s Day should be a time for making memories, not for destroying lives,” said Sheriff Brad DeLay. “Too often, our law enforcement officers on the streets are arresting drunk drivers who, frankly, know better.  Drunk drivers endanger other drivers, vehicle passengers, and pedestrians.  There is just no excuse for this selfish behavior.”

With more than a quarter of traffic fatalities involving drunk drivers in 2016, it’s safe to say that drunk driving is still an issue. “We won’t stop showing zero tolerance for drunk driving,” said Sheriff DeLay.  “Drunk driving is illegal, but we’re here to help them understand:  Drunk driving is illegal, it is deadly, and it is unacceptable.  If you are going to head out for a night of fun, be responsible and plan for a sober ride home.  It’s that simple.”

For more information on this and other highway safety campaigns, visit www.trafficsafetymarketing.gov.

 

 

Scammers Targeting Lawrence County Residents

An old scam has come back around and being used on Lawrence County residents.  The Sheriff's Office has received calls from concerned citizens about calls reportedly coming from the Lawrence County Jail.  Here is how this scam works:

A family member, usually a grandparent or relative that may not have daily contact with someone, will receive a call that may show up on caller ID as "Lawrence County Jail", "Lawrence County", "Jail" or something similar.

The caller at the other end of the line will present themselves as a grandchild or other relative and tell the unsuspecting victim that they are in jail and that they need cash in order to post bond.  This person will typically use the actual name and have other personal info of a family member and may have information on that family member as well.  They will beg and plead for the help of the alleged relative.

Fortunately, the victims in our cases did not fall prey to this scam.  If you get such a call, DO NOT send money.  Instead, verify the information.  There are a couple of quick ways to do so.

 

1.  Call the Sheriff's Office and ask if that person is actually in jail.  You can reach us at 417-466-2131.  We will be happy to provide that information to you.

2.  Check our website.  You can see who is currently in custody by going to www.lawrencecosheriff.com and click on the "Inmate Roster".  This roster is updated every 15 minutes with current information. 

 

Again, please try to not fall for these scams and stay safe.

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