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Life Saving Award Presented to Deputy Daniel Willey

From L to R: Sheriff Marty Boyd, Deputy Daniel Willey, Dr. Spencer Guinn, & Jeremy McIntire
Dr. Guinn and Mr. McIntire are with Stop the Bleeding Foundation who provided the tourniquet used to save the man's life.

Today, Deputy Daniel Willey was honored with the Lifesaving Award for his actions on June 23, 2017. Deputy Willey responded to a call of an accidental discharge of a firearm which resulted in the individual receiving a bullet wound to his upper thigh, severing his femoral artery. Deputy Willey applied a tourniquet, and the man was rushed to the hospital. The staff stated that due to the damage to the artery, the man would have certainly died without the tourniquet.

The Craighead County Sheriff's Office is proud to have Deputy Daniel Willey as one of our team. He took the training received through his time in the military, law enforcement, and through Stop the Bleeding Foundation, and applied the knowledge in the field, thus saving a life.

If you would like to know more about Stop the Bleeding Foundation, visit their website at http://www.stopthebleedingfoundation.org/ or find them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/stopthebleedingfoundation/

 

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Prairie Cemetery Work Continues

There is a patch of land between Lunsford and Lake City on County Road 812 that for the last fifty years was forgotten. Trees and vegetation were allowed to reclaim this property to the point it was no longer recognizable as the hallowed ground it is. This is a cemetery; a place maintained by decedents or the community out of reverence or respect. Sadly, family moved away and the community forgot. That is until February 2017, when Brenda and Donnie Hutcheson took on this project to reclaim this plot of land. Through sheer determination and donations from all over the community, this place has been transformed.

 

Before work began

Image courtesy of Google.Earth.com

 

 

After six months of work

 

The first step was to clear out the trees and undergrowth. Crews of volunteers came out and took out nearly every tree, twig, vine, and weed in the area. They trimmed the trees, and through the help of Judge Ed Hill and the Craighead County Road Department, the brush and trees were hauled away; the dirt was leveled. Ron and Wilma Freeman of Jonesboro, they have family buried in the cemetery, paid to have ground penetrating radar scans on the property to locate 19 of the graves. Ethan King of Little Rock, AR is seen in this article using the radar to locate the additional sites.

 

This has truly been a community undertaking, from the Boy Scout earning badges, to the Riverside and ASU students pitching in, Harold Hutcheson of Paragould creating the Prairie Cemetery sign, Bell’s Sod Farm of Milligan Ridge donating a pallet of sod, adjacent land owner, Jim Moore, relinquishing some of his farm land to accommodate the cemetery, Brannon Qualls Farm family for all they have done…it’s truly a team effort. That is why the Craighead County Sheriff’s Department was proud when asked to help in the renovations. Our work crew worked hard sprigging sod on the property. We appreciate the opportunity to be part of such an honorable project.

 

The dedication ceremony is slated for October 1, 2017. If you would like to know how you can help, please contact Mrs. Brenda Hutcheson at dandbhutcheson@yahoo.com.

 

 

 

 

Works cited:

 

GPRS . (2017, May 3). Retrieved from http://gprs.olhblogspace.com/category/southeast-region/ original source- thetown-crier.com

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Deputy Josh Miller Wins State Lifesaving Award

Chief Rick Thomas and Deputy Josh Miller

The Arkansas Municipal Police Association held their 81st annual conference August 1-4th, 2017. Departments throughout the state converge on Hot Springs each year to learn the newest techniques, technology, and tactics in law enforcement. Part of this four day conference is the awards ceremony and banquet, held on the 3rd.  The Chastain Service Award is awarded based on "heroism or selfless actions exhibited by someone helping others in the community." There are entries from throughout the state, but Craighead County's very own Deputy Josh Miller is the 2017 recipient of this year's award based on his selfless act on February 23, 2017, at which time he rescued a woman from a burning structure. Deputy Miller did so, risking great peril for himself, as the house was completely full of smoke when he entered, and he was injured exiting the home. Because of his quick actions, he and the woman are both fine.

We are extremely proud to have Deputy Miller on our team. Congratulations!

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DARE Truck Wins at the International Conference

Craighead County Sheriff's Office was well represented at the 30th DARE International Training Conference in Grapevine, TX as the DARE truck won first place in its class. There were several entries in the Class III SUV/Pickup/Van category, and the judges saw fit to choose our ride as the best!

Visit the DARE International website for more information about what is in the curriculum and where the program is heading. If you would like to know more about how you can help with our DARE program, contact Deputy Jamey Carter at jcarter@craigheadso.org.

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ASU Criminology Department to Begin Research Project

Pictured First row, L to R:
Cpt. Keith Bowers-Jail Administrator; Dr. Veena Kulkarni-Interim Chair of Department of Criminology, Sociology, & Geography; Victoria Rukus- Graduate Student, Sheriff Marty Boyd
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Brandon Clay-Graduate Student; Dr. Joseph Rukus-Director of Graduate Programs for Criminology, Sociology, & Geography

Arkansas State University Department of Criminology visited with Sheriff Marty Boyd and Cpt. Keith Bowers to propose a joint study regarding the correlation between mental health and incarceration in hopes of creating a crisis stabilization unit for those with severe mental heath issues. Studies have been conducted throughout metropolitan areas, but not enough is known about the tough realities rural jails are facing housing the mentally ill. 

The study will be in two phases:

The researchers will focus on inmates that have been housed longer than 72 hours and reported during intake they were experiencing mental health issues. They will document the number of incidents during the incarceration and how many times the inmate has been booked into our facility.   The second part will be pending funding from legislation. The researchers will conduct interviews with detainees, detention officers, and deputies to determine what is working and what is not working.

 

Gaining input from those who are most affected by the situation is valuable in creating a viable solution to a problem plaguing Craighead County, and Arkansas. There is not a good system to help those with specific needs. We hope this study helps alleviate the need to house those with these issues and get them the help they need. The crisis unit will not be the final solution, but it's a great start on getting our citizens of Craighead County the help they deserve.

If you would like more information about this study, please contact the ASU Department of Criminology. All of their contact information is on their website.

 

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Active Shooter Training for Reserve Class 2017

 

The US Homeland Security Department and the majority of federal agencies agree the definition of active shooter is:

       An individual actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a confined and populate area.

This definition is very specific as the intent of the event, however there is no definitive means by which it is carried out. While most active shooters do use firearms to perpetrate their crime, these people are known to use whatever they have available to carry out their plan. Most active shooter situations unfold so rapidly, the actions of those first responding and the occupants of the building have the potential to change the outcome of the situation. But first, they must be physically and mentally prepared to face the challenges of an active shooter.

ALICE Training Institute, Alert Lockdown Inform Counter and Evacuate, has compiled a list of characteristics from various police and sheriff’s department policies regarding active shooters.

Active shooters are likely to engage more than one target. Active shooters’ intention are usually an expression of hatred or rage, rather than financial gain or motives associated with other types of crimes. Active shooters often have made detailed plans for the attack. Active shooters, often, but not always, are suicidal.

The nature of the situation dictates a different approach by law enforcement. Active shooters don’t always have particular targets, but they intend to cause as much carnage as possible. Since their mission is steeped in emotion, negotiations are often fruitless. They have taken time to plan, prepare, and choose their site for strategic advantage. While it is a crime of passion, it isn’t spontaneous. Law enforcement has to react to the threat accordingly.

This is why our officers train using real locations, using role players, and a non-lethal training ammunition. Real-world experience is translated into training in simulated scenarios. The Craighead County Courthouse and Annex Building was the training facility for the Reserve Class 2017. There were instructors on four floors, some with stationary targets and others with live “bad guys” who were shooting back. The class came out with bruises, an adrenaline dump, and new awareness of how to appropriately respond if they are faced with an active shooter.

 

   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
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DARE Truck Wins Best in Show 2017

 

You can add Award Winning to the adjectives when describing the Craighead County Sheriff's Office DARE Truck. The Arkansas Safe Schools Association held their annual meeting in Little Rock on Monday and Tuesday of this week in Little Rock. School Resource Officers from all across the state attend this event, and part of the festivities is the Cool Car Contest. Craighead County's DARE truck won Best in Show against multiple worthy entries. Deputy Jamey Carter's Dodge was customized from front to back through the generosity and outstanding craftsmanship of some local talent, including DNW Truck Accessories, Gibson's Sign Mart, Hotwired Car Audio, Paragould Communications, and R.A.I.D. (Residents Against Illegal Drugs). Deputy Carter will be representing Craighead County in Dallas, TX at the DARE America International Training Conference, July 11-13. This is the largest gathering of DARE instructors and the car show is bound to be competitive. Join us in wishing Deputy Jamey Good Luck in his national competition! You can find out more about DARE by visiting the national DARE website at http://www.dare.org/

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Graduation Day for Reserve Class 2017-1820

 

Monday night was the ceremony to celebrate the hard work and dedication Reserve Class 2017-1820 put forth in the past weeks. Many of you have been following the progress of these men and women. This class comprised representatives from Bono, Craighead County, Jonesboro Police Department, Jonesboro Fire Marshalls, and Osceola Police Department, making it one of the largest classes in recent history. Craighead County Sheriff's Department and Jonesboro Police Department teamed up to teach the reservists. The class came away with a rich knowledge and unique experience with law enforcement training and tactics. In fact, one class member accepted a full time position with the Jonesboro Police Department at the culmination of her training. We look forward to the great works these men and women will accomplish in the future as members of the Thin Blue Line. Welcome to the family.

   
   
   
   
   

 

While the graduation ceremony has officially commenced, we still have a few classes left; Monday was the only day that was available for everyone to be able to attend. If Practicals Day is like Christmas, Active Shooter training is like Easter, 4th of July, Last Day of School, and your birthday all wrapped up in one. This is an exhausting, but exciting training day when the class gets to clear buildings, all the while someone is shooting the equivalent of paintballs at them.

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Training Day! Defensive Tactics

 

 

 

Every job requires some level of training, and most jobs require continuing education throughout employment. Whether it be for credits, or to stay on top of the latest trends and techniques in your field, professionals find a way to hone their skills.

This is true for the Detention Officers at Craighead County Detention Center. Training Coordinator, Deputy Randy Sharp schedules training for the officers each month, with new and pertinent topics covered each session. This month's class is Defensive Tactics. The US has seen a spike in the number of reported instances of inmates attacking guards, and the severity of the attacks is becoming more brutal.

   
   
   
   

We train to live and we live to train. The classes are tough, and tiring, and grueling. However, training is meant to create muscle memory, so when the adrenaline kicks in you can rely on your training.

Everyone loves burpees, right!?

Defensive Tactics involves grappling and other hand-to-hand defense. Steven Combs assisted in this month's inservice, and we are grateful for his time and knowledge. Steven trains with Memphis Judo and Jujitsu.

   
   

Craighead County Detention Center is constantly training and we will share the stories as we can.

 

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Reserve Class: Practicals day!

 

 

 

Reserve Class 2017-1820 met today at the Arkansas Fire Academy to put their classwork into practical training. Instructors from Jonesboro Police Department, Craighead County Sheriff's Department, Trumann Police, and volunteers with the Jonesboro Citizen's Police Academy, as well as other volunteers, worked together to give these twenty two men and women as much real-life experience in policing as possible while maintaining a safe environment for all involved. There were "classrooms" set up for Traffic Stops, Domestic Calls, Felony Traffic Stops, and Clearing Buildings. Volunteers were there to provide realistic role play for the reserve class to interact, and instructors were on hand to guide the event and give feedback at the end.

   
   
   
   
   
   

The best method to learn how to do something is to hear, watch, and do. These students sat through the lectures on the proper procedure for policing. They have watched the instructors demonstrate it, and have watched the videos. Today was the opportunity for them to do what they have been learning over the past weeks.

   
   
   
   
   

We had an audience. A family of hawks have nested nearby, and we were entertained by the aerial acrobatics of the four raptors, and the other birds bent on running them off. If you have ever seen one of these guys up close, you can appreciate how large they are and how long their talons are.

The practical knowledge gained here was not just the ability to perform the task. The class came away with a greater sense of confidence when it comes time to don the uniform. Decisions have to be made without hesitation, reactions have to be in the blink of an eye. Having learned the theory of the skill, and then performing the skill will have a lasting impression on each and every one of these men and women.

 

The classes are ramping up, and the schedule is getting harried. Graduation is right around the corner, and next week is going to be one of the longest days they've had so far. Stay tuned for the next installment of Reserve Class 2017.

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