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.
The Commander of the Sheriff's Auxiliary, Eric Vought, will be giving a talk on Tuesday 2 September on the potential of Ebola and other disease threats, what the expected response would be in the case of a major pandemic, and what can be done in the community to make weathering such events easier. The talk will summarize current knowledge of Ebola, try to dispel unreasonable fears and yet take a no-nonsense approach to the dangers which might exist. If a pandemic occurred, what could you do to protect your family and help the community respond?
This last weekend (the 13th through 15th June), the Auxiliary completed an annual deployment exercise, testing its call-up system, check-in and staging, and then remaining in the field for 24 hours. During this time, we conducted nighttime cattle patrols and daylight reconnaissance covering over 200 square miles of Lawrence County.
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.