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Pulaski County Sheriff's View #142 for Oct. 26, 2015
Pulaski County Sheriff's View #142 for Oct. 26, 2015

Sheriff Ron Long

PULASKI COUNTY, Mo. (Oct. 26, 2015) — The passing of a police car causes most people to take note of their presence, double checking their speedometers and becoming a little more attentive to their driving. Last Thursday some heads were turning and a few individuals even followed the small convoy into a local convenience store where three new Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department patrol cars stopped to refuel. The curiosity levels were high and the comments positive as some citizens inspected these new Ford Police Interceptors.

On many occasions in these weekly articles we have discussed the revision of the Sheriff’s Department vehicle fleet program, which has resulted in the adding of nine new patrol cars over the past two years, with one more scheduled to arrive in December. These new cars are replacing the older, high mileage gas-guzzling cruisers, which were costing this agency a small fortune to maintain. With the revision of our fleet plan, your Sheriff’s Department is actually saving money by driving new patrol cars. In addition, these Interceptors are all-wheel drive vehicles, which enable your deputies the ability to respond to your needs in all types of weather conditions, including snow and ice. Last but not least, having deputies in vehicles that are safe and dependable is a high priority for any sheriff.

As you know, the fight against illegal drugs and addiction is a passion of your Sheriff. There is only so much that a law enforcement agency can encompass regarding this venture, so at times we turn to our legislators (State and Federal) to assist with these endeavors. Last week our U.S. Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler hosted a meeting in Warsaw regarding a newly created Task Force against Drugs that she has organized.

Hartzler’s meeting embraced many different facets of drug enforcement and addiction resources. Clergy, doctors, counsellors, law enforcement officers and recovering addicts, along with an audience of about 100 people, were all in attendance. I also have to give kudos to a group of Lebanon High Schools students who attended the meeting, for their exemplary efforts in fighting drug addiction in Lebanon.

Many different concepts and existing programs were discussed throughout this meeting, along with three different panels of experts being available for questions and answers. Your sheriff had the privilege of being a member of the law enforcement panel, in which we discussed drug trends, enforcement efforts and recovery programs in our jurisdictions. The blending of this diverse group of people gave each who attended additional resources for the fight against drug addiction.

Having been in the law enforcement field for over three decades, at times I think I have seen and heard about everything but it never fails that someone comes along to prove me wrong, as in the great chicken robbery last week. Yes, I did mention “chicken robbery.”

According to witness statements, a locally known offender robbed a fast food restaurant with a pistol but the fortune he was reportedly seeking was not money, but instead, fried chicken! The offender’s meals now come from a “jail menu,” after he was arrested by deputies near the scene of the offense.

This concludes another week’s summary as your Pulaski County sheriff, and I hope to see you here again next week. For more information about the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department and other related items of interest, please visit our website (www.pcsheriff2.com), or on Facebook.

As always, stay safe and do something positive for your community.

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