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Sheriff's Office Response to COVID-19

In an effort to maintain normal operations but minimize person to person contact the Craighead County Sheriff's Office will be implementing temporary restrictions as it pertains to access to our office. The only form of payment we are accepting currently towards fines and restitution is a money order by mail. We are asking the public not to come to our office for the purpose of filing a report. If you need to speak with a deputy, or criminal investigator, contact our office and a deputy will take the report over the phone or make the determination that a response to your location is needed. VIN verifications are suspended until further notice. Civil Process will be affected during this period also. Deputies are patrolling as normal and responding to emergency calls. As always in the event of an emergency dial 911. As stated before these restrictions pertain to our office location. The Eastern District Sheriff's Office location will be operating under these same guidelines. The safety of our citizens continue to be our number one priority, we will continue to work diligently throughout this time period to maintain normal working operations.

Listed below is the mailing address you can send a money orders to pay a fine, as well as our office contact numbers.

 

Mail money orders to the following address for Western district fines

P.O Box 1352, Jonesboro Arkansas 72403

 

 Western District Sheriff's Office address:

901 Willet Road, Jonesboro Arkansas 72401

 

Western District Office phone number:

870-933-4551

 

Mail Money orders to the following address for Eastern district fines

P.O Box 537, Lake City Arkansas 72437

 

Eastern District Sheriff's Office address:

111 Cobean Ave, Lake City Arkansas 72437

Eastern District phone number:

870-237-4511

 

 

 

 

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K-9 Arko Gets Vest Donated

Craighead County Sheriff’s Office K9 Arko to get donation of body armor

 

Craighead County Sheriff’s Office K9 Arko will receive a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. K9 Arko’s vest is sponsored by an Anonymous Sponsor and will be embroidered with the sentiment “Honoring those who served and sacrificed”. Delivery is expected within eight to ten weeks.

 

Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a 501c (3) charity located in East Taunton, MA whose mission is to provide bullet and stab protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies throughout the United States. The non-profit was established in 2009 to assist law enforcement agencies with this potentially lifesaving body armor for their four-legged K9 officers. Since its inception, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provided over 3,300 protective vests, in 50 states, through private and corporate donations, at a value of $5.7 million dollars.

 

The program is open to dogs actively employed in the U.S. with law enforcement or related agencies who are certified and at least 20 months of age. New K9 graduates, as well as K9s with expired vests, are eligible to participate.

 

The donation to provide one protective vest for a law enforcement K9 is $950.00. Each vest has a value between $1,744 – $2,283 and a five-year warranty, and an average weight of 4-5 lbs. There is an estimated 30,000 law enforcement K9s throughout the United States. For more information or to learn about volunteer opportunities, please call 508-824-6978. Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provides information, lists events, and accepts tax-deductible donations of any denomination at www.vik9s.org or mailed to P.O. Box 9 East Taunton, MA 02718.

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Craighead County Sheriff's Office 4th Annual Toy Drive

 

 

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Now Hiring Deputy Sheriff Position

The Craighead County Sheriff's Department is now accepting applications for the Position of Deputy Sheriff.  Applicants must be 21 years of age or older.  Applicant must also have a high school diploma or equivalent.  You can find a link for the application here: 

https://www.craigheadso.org/page.php?id=13 .

Applications are due by Wednesday, November 7th, 2018.  Applications can be dropped off at:

Craighead County Sheriff's Department

901 Willett Rd.

Jonesboro, AR 72401

Scam Alert

The scammers are hard at it again. They have information about you that makes their call seem more valid. For example, in this last round, one victim of the scam had received a No Seatbelt ticket by a Jonesboro officer, and the scammer knew who the officer was and what the ticket was for. While this is public information, most of us don’t go around looking for those kinds of details about other people. BUT THESE GUYS DO! And that’s why it makes it more believable when they call and say, You have a warrant for your arrest for a Non-Payment of Fine, or Failure to Report for Jury Duty.

Their method has changed a little bit, as well. Now, they instruct the victim to go to Kroger or Dollar General to purchase specific amounts of cash cards, and then the victim is to stay on the phone with the caller to keep processing the information while they drive to the Craighead County Sheriff’s Office. Of course, the victim is to give them the numbers on the back of the cards, you know…to have the receipt ready when they walk in the door. Plausible, right?

So far, the only red flags that have popped up are these:

If a cop calls you and asks for money; it’s not a cop. A real police officer or deputy isn’t going to ask for cash cards.

If you ever have a suspicion about the call you have received is a scam, hang up. Don’t ask questions, just hang up. Call our office at 870-933-4551 and we will be more than happy to answer your questions. Scammers are smooth talkers by trade and can convince you that the sky is green and the grass is blue.

For more tips for avoiding scams, visit Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge’s website at https://arkansasag.gov/consumer-protection/common-scams/

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Fifty Years of Service

After half a century of dedication to his country, city, and county, Craighead County Investigator Gary Etter hung up his badge. Today, his friends, family, and colleagues came together to show their appreciation for his decades of contributions to law enforcement.

 

The level of admiration and respect was evident in the sheer number of people who came to the event, as the crowd spilled out into the lobby of the Sheriff's Office. There were retired officers from Jonesboro, Craighead County Sheriff's Office and Detention Center, and representatives from all over to pay tribute to Etter.

Sheriff Marty Boyd presented Etter with his plaque and his duty weapon, both given in appreciation for his length of service. His last radio call to dispatch was very melancholy, with the final 10-7 bringing many to tears.

Gary Etter mentored many through these many years of law enforcement, and he will definitely be missed. Thank you, Gary, for serving your community with the dignity and honor you have.

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Flags at Half Staff for McCain

The United States and Arkansas state flag are both lowered in tribute to the memory of Arizona Senator John McCain. Flags will remain at half-staff until sunset on the day of internment.

Governor Asa Hutchinson released the following statement:

"John McCain reflected in every breath of his life the American character and American idealism. As a war hero, a political maverick, and leader he personified sacrifice and courage. I witnessed his strength and character both in Congress and as a campaigner. We will miss him."

 

 

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Gary Etter Due to Retire!

Investigator Gary Etter is hanging up his civil servant hat after 50 years in total service, between Air Force, Jonesboro Police Department, and Craighead County Sheriff's Department. He entered the Air Force in 1968, and three years later he found himself working for the Jonesboro Police Department where he graduated the academy in 1972. He worked his way up through the ranks, ending up in the Criminal Investigations Division. Upon retirement from JPD, he came to Craighead County Sheriff's Department to work in CID, back in 1997. He has been a wonderful officer, and a good friend to many. He will be missed. Congratulation on your retirement, Gary.

 

For a full page copy of this flyer click here.

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Blood Drive

The Craighead County Sheriff's Office and Detention Center is hosting another blood drive. With the demand for blood in the critical stage, it is time for us all to roll up our sleeves and donate! It is suggested you schedule an appointment, but isn't required. Contact Dana Simpkins at dsimpkins@craigheadso.org to schedule your donation appointment. We hope to see you there.

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Social Security Scam

▬For Immediate Release▬
Phone Scam

Two weeks in a row we are here informing you of scams that are called into the Sheriff's Office. Robbers today don't need to have a gun or knife in your face to take your money. They are using fear and intimidation over the phone, and the flavor of the week is threatening to take away Social Security checks from the victims, have them put on a Black List, so they can never get another check again.

The area code, 872, is from Chicago, IL. It's a good practice to allow unknown calls to go to voicemail. If a scammer has established that a phone number is active, they will whitelist it, and you will be targeted more often. If someone calls to collect a debt, fees, or fines, they are to identify themselves, the company with whom they work, and the nature of the call. Do not use the number they give you to call them back. Look up the company's number and call them back that way.

A red flag that the debt collection is a scam is if they ask you to get a prepaid card from WalMart, Walgreens, Dollar General, CVS, or any other store that sells prepaid cards. These cards are untraceable currency, and once you have transferred the numbers to the caller, your money is gone forever.

Let's share this information to as many people as we can, to make sure everyone is informed and less likely to fall victim to these robbers. Pulling together as a community is what it takes to make this a better place for us all.

 

 

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