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The INDEPENDENT, April 16, 2009
From the Sheriff’s Desk…
by Jeff Dickerson, Sheriff
We have to work
One of the volunteers training
with us to help the sheriff’s office
told me recently that she was as-
tonished at how little she knew
about the role of the sheriff in our
county and the magnitude of our
public safety mission – particularly considering the rel-
atively few sworn deputies available to respond to
The truth is that your sheriff’s office will never have
the number of deputies needed to provide the same
level of public safety response as you would expect
within the narrow confines of the cities. Neither would
you want us to be that large.
While it is also true that we really need a few extra
hired hands to help us in our mission to conserve the
peace in the 640 square miles of our county, the fact is
that there will never be enough to rely on hired help
alone. But that’s what the concept of “sheriff” is all
about, in my opinion.
For hundreds of years, the sheriff has relied on the
good will of the citizens he or she serves to work to-
gether to help solve the problems we face. It is my job
to coordinate a county-wide effort to conserve the
peace. The more we work as a community to solve our
problems, the more we realize that the difficulties we
face are not just the sheriff’s problem – they are prob-
lems we share as a community seeking to peacefully
live together and preserve the freedoms we hold dear
We just finished training 22 volunteers in the first
phase of academy training to help our regular staff
with the varied assignments that contribute to the ac-
complishment of our mission. Those volunteers are
Please see page 21
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