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Safety First This Halloween!!!

 

It's almost that time of year once again. Halloween is approaching, and we expect large group of children to be out and about that evening, enjoying the festivities. Our primary concern on Halloween, and any other time, is the safety of our children.

We here at the Monroe County Sheriff Department would like to offer the following safety tips:

1. Fake knives, swords, guns, and other costume accessories can potentially cause injury. Make sure they are not too long for the costume and review with your child that they are part of the costume and not a weapon.

2. Only purchase costumes and accessories that are marked flame-resistant.

3. Keep costumes short to prevent trips and falls.

4. Try using makeup instead of mask. Mask can obstruct a child's vision, which can be dangerous when kids are crossing streets and going up and down the stairs.

5. Costumes with light colors and/or reflective tape are best.  Someone in the group should carry a flashlight. Consider putting reflective tape on their candy bags as well.

6. Children should always trick-or-treat in groups, rather than along, preferably with adult supervision. Children should always carry a cell phone for quick communications.

7. Parents should select the safest route for children to take. Children should stay on sidewalks (when available) or on the shoulder of the roadway facing traffic.  Children should avoid walking in the roadway, in alleys or poorly lit areas, and be cautious not to dart from behind shrubs or parked vehicles.

8. Drivers should slow down and use extreme caution, especially in neighborhoods where children are sure to be located.

9. Children should be instructed to stop only at familiar homes where the outside lights are on. They should also be advised to NEVER go in homes or cars to collect treats. They should not stop at houses that are dark or do not have the porch lights turned on.

10. As an alternative of going door-to-door, parents can take their children to community -sponsored events such as those hosted by community centers, churches, schools, etc.

11. Children should not eat any treats until they are home and a parent or an adult can examine them.

12. Children (and adults) should only consume unopened candies and treats in original wrappers. Treats with open packaging or torn wrappers should be discarded.

With a little preparation, communication and diligence, Halloween can be a safe and enjoyable evening. Of course, we will be on patrol and available to you and your children should you need us.

EAT CANDY AND BE SCARY!!

Sheriff, Michael K. Neal

 

 

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New Visitation Hours and Days at Monroe County Jail

From Sheriff, Michael K. Neal. There has been a change in the visitation days and hours at the Monroe County Sheriff Department. The new days and hours are as following:

Monday thru Friday 1-3

Sunday 2-4

PLEASE NOTE THERE WILL BE NO VISITATION ON SATURDAYS AND ON COURT DAYS!!

 

Monroe County Sheriff Department Citizens Academy

 We are thinking about doing a citizens academy. This will be the first class of its kind in this area! I am always looking to move our community to a new level!! Hopefully this will be our next move!! I'd love your input! Details are listed below.

The Monroe County Sheriff's Department provides a behind the scenes look at your Sheriff's Department.

The academy will be held Monday September the 10th through Thursday September the 13th from 6 to 9pm. and will be offered to adults 21 years of age and above. 

Please come and learn about your Sheriff's Department. We will cover a wide variety of topics and have some hands on activities as well.  

RSVP to me or call the jail at 870-747-3623 and reserve your spot today.

Sheriff, Michael K. Neal

The Sheriff Department Property Recovery

The Monroe County Sheriff Department is please to announce that with hard work, patience, and dedication we were able to recover the following property. A Can-am 2 weeks old was recovered at a residence outside of Brinkley, stolen out of Lee County.

Charges are pending the investigation.

The items were recovered by Sheriff, Micheal K. Neal and Lt. Tri Mason.

Sheriff, Michael K. Neal

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Welcome Spring-Message from the Sheriff, Michael K. Neal

 

Hello

Springtime often brings warmer temperatures and new growth. There is no feeling like enjoying the many festivities with family and friends in the outdoors. As Winter comes to a close and we embark on Spring, spring break and graduation draws near for many students. We at the Monroe County Sheriff Department are very excited about some of the things we hope to accomplish with the dawning of Spring 2018 as we celebrate in our community

We here at the Sheriff Department have an open door policy and if our officers including myself or Reserve Officers can ever assist you with anything please do not hesitate to contact us.

We also want to remind you that with the warm weather, children may be playing near our county roads. Please take extra caution and slow down when driving through residential neighborhoods. Remember they are our future. If you are traveling with a child, please model good behavior and driving habits. Some of which includes:

-WEAR YOUR SEAT BELT.

-OBEY THE SPEED LIMIT.

-PLEASE SLOW DOWN NEAR SCHOOLS AND NEIGHBORHOODS.

-DO NOT TEXT AND DRIVE.

-MAKE SURE CHILDREN ARE IN THE APPROPRIATE CAR SEAT.

 

Thank you for allowing me to serve as your Sheriff, and we look forward to the great time Spring will bring!!

SHERIFF, MICHAEL K. NEAL

 

 

 

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My New Plan for School Safety!!

We are currently talking with school leaders about deputizing a select few teachers that will become Certified Auxiliary Deputies!!

These selected few individuals will go through a comprehensive 120 hours training course this summer and receiving extensive fire arms and medical training. These Deputy Teachers will have the best training, just like our deputies patrolling the streets. Their responsibility will be the education of our children and keeping them safe. BUT in the event that there is a crisis at one of our schools, at that time... and only at that time, they will analyze the situation and take the necessary action.

This plan of action is one of the first in our state and in our country!!. We are excited about this idea as we think outside of the box to help protect and save our children. I am also scheduing a free active shooter class for all law enforcement in Monroe County this summer! Time and date to be announced.

Thank you for your support of all local law enforcement.

 

Sheriff, Michael K. Neal

 

 

Updates at the Monroe County Sheriff Dept.by Sheriff Michael K. Neal

   
   
  
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Deputy Recovers Stolen Property

On Saturday August 19, 2017, Deputy Burrow with the Monroe County Sheriff's Department took a report of a stolen 2008 Ford F450 utility truck from Carroll's Farm on Hwy 238, and a stolen 2008 Honda 420 Rancher from McBride's Fish Farm in Fargo.

The two incidents were initially thought not to be related and both vehicles were quickly entered into ACIC as stolen. On Sunday August 20th, 2017, Deputy Burrow received a call from Lee County Deputy Caraway advising that the truck had been recovered. Later that afternoon, Deputy Burrow received a call from a residence in Fargo stating that a green Honda ATV was parked in the tree line on one of his fields. The ATV was confirmed by Deputy Burrow as being the stolen 2008 Honda Rancher from McBride Fish Farms.

Both vehicles have been returned to the owners.

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