We have used the recent unexpected website outage to make some software upgrades and changes. Some of these changes are aimed at differentiating how we use this site versus how we are using social media like Facebook. Our intention is to use the main web site for permanent things, file downloads, policies, and in-depth articles, all tagged and searchable. Facebook will be used for events, short news items, and other temporary listings.
The Sheriff's Auxiliary will be giving a community briefing on the potential threat from ISIS and Muslim Extremism. The briefing will consist of a talk, a question-and-answer session, and additional materials for further reading/viewing. The official announcement is on our Facebook page .
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 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.
The Lawrence County Sheriff's Office will be hosting a Law Enforcement Academy running between now and July of 2015. Sheriff's Auxiliary volunteers will be participating directly in some of the instruction alongside future deputies in order to learn more about how the Sheriff's Office functions and in order to pick up skills relevant to our mission. As the academies are not hosted in Mount Vernon every year, this is an unusual opportunity for us to access this training.