In November, the Sheriff's Office hired Special Victims Investigator, Jennifer McLemore. This is a two-year grant-funded position. Investigator McLemore has 3 1/2 years of experience in law enforcement and comes to us from Logan County Sheriff's office. The Special Victims investigator works with Patrol Officers, Detectives, Victim Service Advocates, Prosecutors and other personnel to provide a coordinated response to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in order to meet the victim's needs and to more effectively hold offenders accountable.
In November, Deputy Brent Scott attended a nationally recognized school titled "Desert Snow". It was hosted by the Oklahoma City Police Department at their training academy. Class participants were from Oklahoma, Texas and Arkansas. The class involved sections of instruction which allowed the students to do "hands on" searching of actual previously seized vehicles that have false compartments and voids. The class also helps officers/deputies/troopers to establish a network for sharing both information and manpower.
The class specializes in teaching how to intercept criminals during their transit along America's highway system. Although illegal drugs are a major issue, this class also teaches how to look for explosives, sex trafficking victims, stolen property, criminal proceeds (money), illegal weapons and counterfeit items.
The class involved sections of instruction which allowed the students to do "hands on" searching of actual previously seized vehicles that have false compartments and voids. The class also helps officers/deputies/troopers to establish a network for sharing both information and manpower.
In December, K-9 Batman joined the Sheriff's office team. Batman is a certified narcotics detector dog, trained by Little Rock K-9 Academy. Batman is trained in narcotics detection, obedience, tracking, area & building searches and criminal apprehension. Deputy CJ Riordan is Batman's handler, and together they completed a 90-hour handler's course. Deputy Riordan has over 80 hours of training in Criminal Interdiction. Together, Deputies Riordan & Batman will monitor the I-40 corridor that runs through Johnson County and work with the Narcotics Detective & Drug Task Force to crack down on the illegal drug activity in our area.
In November, the Detention Center & Sheriff's Office hosted the Johnson County Quorum Court. The staff made and served dinner to Quorum Court members and a few members of the general public. Dinner was served in the recently renovated conference room, which was previously the 309 inmate barracks. After dinner, 911 Director, Sierra Garcia showed off the new Dispatch Center. Then, our Detention Center Administrator, Sonja McCuen led the group on a tour of the jail facility. After the tour they met in the District Courtroom for the monthly quorum court meeting. It was an honor to host this group.
In December, Detention Deputy TJ Evans was promoted to Sergeant.