The Auxiliary's first Weapon's Retention class was held today at the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) in Mount Vernon. Volunteers spent the morning learning about firearm safety in the home, in vehicles, and when carrying on the street. They got time to practice trying to disarm each other and protect their weapons from being taken by an attacker. Whether or not we wear uniforms, if we own or carry weapons, we have an ethical responsibility to not let bad guys get them from us.
We have had several unplanned website outages in the past two weeks. In order to hopefully correct some of these issues, the hosting provider is going to migrate the site to a different server which may take several hours. The site will be taken down after midnight on 9 June and it will come back up in the early morning of 10 June. By scheduling it this way, the materials for the CLA-2 class on the 9th should be available through the class.
Following is the testimony that I, as Commander of the Lawrence County Sheriff's Auxiliary, delivered to the House Judicial Committee hearings (written on 22 April and orally on 27 April 2014) on HR 923 regarding the unlawful disclosure of CCW data in 2013. As most people know, the three impeachment resolutions before the Missouri House died in Committee prior to reaching the House floor. I am not going to comment on that political issue here. Officially, I am posting this testimony for completeness, because some people were interested, and will let it stand by itself.
As we finish off another quarter, I want to remind all staff positions that the specific reporting requirements are in our Organization Document. The staff positions are listed under Staff, and each individual description has a "Reporting Requirements" section with a list of what each staff officer/NCO is required to include.
The Sheriff's Auxiliary is attempting to procure a supply of rechargeable LED road flares for traffic control and safety marking. In particular, we wish to eliminate the use of perchlorate flares which can be dangerous, especially in cases where flammable gases might be a hazard. The vendor, Aervoe Industries, Inc., has generously provided us with several units to evaluate and we are purchasing a 4-unit kit out of current funds.
Over the last weekend, the Sheriff's Auxiliary has been working very closely with the Mount Vernon Police Department to provide supplementary night-time patrols to help protect area businesses. More than half of our volunteers took time out of their weekend to deploy in the middle of the night and patrol or sit in unmarked vehicles in addition to the staff overhead of planning, coordinating, and equipping patrols (plus filing paperwork). We intend to continue working with the MVPD to supplement their manpower for night-time patrols for the forseeable future.
The Sheriff's Auxiliary completed it's first round of patrols to protect against livestock theft in the early morning hours of 16 February. The 16th was a full moon, which is a hig-risk period for rustling. Volunteers, coordinating with County Dispatch, spent four hours covering approximately 100 square miles of northwest Lawrence County. The Livestock Patrol program allows the Sheriff's Office to more effectively use limited numbers of deputies in the late night and early morning.