LAWRENCE COUNTY SHERIFF STATES HE AND HIS DEPARTMENT AND OTHER LOCAL POLICE AGENCIES ARE UNITED TO RID THE COUNTY OF DRUGS
JANUARY 31, 2020 – written by WADE QUEEN
Laurence County Sheriff Chuck Jackson, who is now just over 13 months into his job, has stated he has made progress with his local impact program, and with the drug problem in Lawrence County.
Over the last year, Sheriff Jackson reported that there have been approximately 244 arrests in Lawrence County, including 115 that were drug related.
New programs utilized by Sheriff Jackson’s department include the impact program, and also the drug interdiction the two K-9 drug dogs.
For Sheriff Jackson, he is apparently driven by his major motivation for his new programs he has implemented.
“You can not do police work without prevention,” Sheriff Jackson said. “We want to help them to not get involved in drugs and other activities, and we need to build stronger relationships with the children, by talking to them more.”
Sheriff Chuck Jackson stated that there are many resources that can utilized without someone who has been in criminal and legal trouble.
“That is why we are partner with Social Services, in a non-official capacity; along with Pathways, Safe harbor, and Hope’s Place, as well as Three Rivers for mental health and detox. We also utilize ARC (Addition Care Recovery), and those partners,” according to Sheriff Jackson.
“Resources are available outside the law enforcement and social services, and we encourage those who need help to reach out.”
Drug Interdiction Cooperation Cooperation (D.I.C.E.) is a voluntary collaboration between the Lawrence County Sheriff Office, the Louisa Police Department, the Lawrence County Constables Association in an effort to focus individual department resources toward the joint eradication of illegal drugs entering into Lawrence County.
“We share the costs between all three agencies,” Sheriff Jackson said. “We share information with each other about the cases we are working on. We work together to get drugs off the street.”
Sheriff Jackson stated that they did an impact community event where one person left to go with ARC for treatment.
“I saw them later and and they were still in treatment,” Sheriff Jackson said. “We want to see more of that and to see it grow. Our goal is to get it into full swing, to maintain it and to get it stabilized.”
Another project that Sheriff Jackson’s office started is to partner with Camp Caleb to offer the opportunity for children who would otherwise would have not the opportunity to attend the camp.
“We have four weekends a year and we want to send 20 to camp each weekend. That’s 80 kids per year,” Sheriff Jackson stated.
In an another addition, the Lawrence County Sheriff Office also just received a donation from the Lawrence County Farm Bureau, for the purchase of two portable breath tests; and plus, Marathon Petroleum gave a donation of $5000 for trauma kits for each patrol car, & for emergency equipment for Sheriff Jackson’s office, and for the Lawrence County Courthouse.