Here is your weekly report from the Dallas County Sheriff’s Department. I hope everyone had a great Easter weekend! I will be attending a meeting tomorrow, so your report is a day early this week.
This week’s report will begin by recognizing our 911 dispatchers. This is National Telecommunicators Week. Sometimes these employees are overlooked in the big scheme of law enforcement. They have tremendous responsibility each day as they are our lifeline in a traumatic event, whether it be a law enforcement officer out on a stop, a request for help during a medical emergency, or a call to dispatch firefighters to a fire. Their jobs do not stop on weekends or holidays, it is a 365, 24/7 profession. I am proud of our new 911 dispatch center and the difficult job they do very well! This last week alone they answered 234 calls for service, 75 of those were 911 emergency calls. Please thank them for their service given the opportunity.
We are currently working closely with the Arkansas State Police on two investigations of serious incidents that occurred before I became Sheriff. Some interviews have been conducted on the disappearance of Laura Jones of Fordyce. If anyone has any information concerning this case, please call the sheriff’s office at 870-352-2002. All information will remain confidential.
National Drug Take Back will be held on April 22nd. Anyone can bring old prescriptions to the sheriff’s office and put them in the drop box inside the front lobby.
• Emily Henderson was arrested on a warrant issued for Theft of Property. • Cedrick Malone was arrested early last Friday morning and booked in on Domestic Battery III • 13 new felony cases were filed this week. Most of these cases are felony drug charges • There were 14 prisoners booked in and 12 bonded out. • We currently are holding 118 prisoners at this time.
Mr. Rucker and his crew continued trash pickup this week since the weather has cleared up some. The crew picked up from Highway 79 up Highway 8 West to the landfill. They also picked up Highway 8 coming into town. The latter part of the week has been spent assisting with the setup for the upcoming Cottonbelt Festival. The inmate crew is also mowing the Senior Citizens Center grass. Last Saturday we provided inmate labor to assist at the trail ride in Holly Springs. If you’re planning a large public event, please do not hesitate to call for assistance. If we can, we’re more than happy to help! I want to keep these prisoners busy helping our county when possible. I want to reaffirm there are NO violent prisoners or sex offenders allowed to do any of this work.
I have been working on some surveillance of known drug dealers. Remember, we are watching! I spoke to the DASH group at Dallas County Medical Center about our missions and goals here at our department. I am currently working on a pay increase to raise our deputies, jailers, and administrative personnel to present at the next Quorum Court meeting. This will bring our personnel on course to match surrounding counties.
I want everyone to know we are working closely with Fordyce Police Department on a security plan for our upcoming Cottonbelt Festival. There will be a zero-tolerance policy for anyone that plans to attend and cause problems. This is a family-oriented event where we want everyone to come out and feel safe!
Enforcement efforts have been stepped up on Highway 9 while the repaving is underway. There is a zero-tolerance speeding and texting policy while driving in these construction zones.
All calls were answered in a timely manner.
God Bless, Sheriff Mike Knoedl