On a regular basis, I have people ask me variations on the question: "If I cannot volunteer for the Sheriff's Auxiliary (physical limitations, work schedules, etc), what can I do to help?" This article will go into part of the answer by helping people to understand what it costs to volunteer and where some of those costs go. This breakdown may also help people who are planning to start a volunteer emergency response organization understand what they are getting into.
Congratulations to Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Susan Durbin who has been permanently appointed as the Lawrence County Sheriff's Auxiliary Chief of Staff. Lt. Durbin was appointed to fill the vacancy at our regular meeting on 12 January 2015 contingent on the Sheriff's approval of a recommendation for commission. The commission was approved and signed by the Sheriff on 20 January 2015 and Lt. Durbin was duly sworn in on 29 January.
This morning's website update includes a new theme with accessibility improvements, including better adaptation to bigger and smaller screens. This should provide much better functionality on tablets and phones.
Captain Krista Haymes, co-founder of the Sheriff's Auxiliary recently went on long-term non-operational status due to personal responsibilities she was no longer able to juggle. Her service to the organization--- starting as one of the four initial officers--- is greatly appreciated, but her loss leaves us an opening we need to fill.
The Lawrence County Sheriff's Office is responsible for county-wide emergency communications and public warning (outside municipalities, such as Monett that provide their own communications). The LCSO is also responsible for promoting and supporting interoperable communications county-wide (even with respect to municipalities). The Sheriff's Auxiliary provides communications support to the Sheriff's Office, which, effectively, means that we are to provide communications support and assistance county-wide, not just for the Sheriff's Office, but wherever it is needed.
A blog post on the "Total Survivalist Blog" entitled "The Basic 4 For a Smallish Woman" talks about firearm options for smaller/lighter weight women, but much of what the author says applies equally to men like me who do not have big paws and gorilla arms. In many cases, it is not about recoil but fit and firearm design; it just takes different choices to do the job.
The Auxiliary is now going through the process of organizing the Standard Operating Guidelines and Standard Operating Procedures which have appeared in various documents, operations orders, and trainings until this point. You will find them in the Volunteer Handbook under Standard Operating Guidelines and Procedures. What is the difference between a Guideline and a Procedure? You will find the definition on that page.
As of this evening, Sergeant-Major Susan Durbin is Acting Chief-of-Staff of the Sheriff's Auxiliary as Captain Krista Haymes has gone on Non-Operational status. We will make permanent decisions regarding this position sometime after Apple Butter Makin' Days is over.
SGTMAJ Durbin has been the company Adjutant and senior NCO until today. She is therefore now in charge of the entire Personnel section. This will result in an opening in either the Adutant or Chief-of-Staff position post-October.