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Local News / News from PCSD
« on: November 04, 2009, 10:27:13 PM »

News Release
Recent Cases
Pulaski County Sheriff J. B. King
Nov. 4, 2009

On Nov. 4, 2009, a person came to the Pulaski County Sheriff’s office to report a very expensive Siberian husky dog as missing or stolen two months ago in the Laquey area. The owner had put out signs describing the missing dog and had received a tip on a possible location. A deputy went with him to the residence to examine this dog. The owner had taken the precaution of implanting a micro chip in the dog before it disappeared. A scan of the dog by the deputy using a micro chip reader revealed the same serial number as the paperwork the owner had in his possession. The lost dog was returned to the rightful owner. 

The afternoon of 11-04-09 a member of the Pulaski County Road & Bridge crew called the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office to report a possible meth lab he had found on Creek Road in Pulaski County. Deputies took close note of the directions to the lab and responded directly to the scene. Upon arrival they found the remains of an older meth lab dump site. Since the reporting party had said it appeared to be a recent lab the deputies called him for more information. The reporting party told them he was at the lab site and wanted to know where they were. He gave them better directions and the deputies then joined him at meth lab site number two.

Local News / Pulaski County Sheriff's Patrol Car Accident
« on: October 29, 2009, 03:47:56 PM »

News Release
Patrol Car Accident
Pulaski County Sheriff J. B. King
Oct. 29, 2009
At approximately 7:00 pm on 10-28-09, Deputy Holly Wiseman of the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office was injured in a car deer accident on U.S. 54 in Cole County Missouri. Deputy Wiseman was treated and released from a medical center following the accident. Deputy Wiseman was returning to Pulaski County from a trip to Columbia Missouri where she had taken a subject to a treatment facility per court order. The patrol vehicle a 2001 Ford Crown Victoria with over 200,000 miles only had liability insurance coverage and the vehicle suffered extensive front end damage. The cost of repair greatly exceeds the value of the vehicle so the car will be totale

Local News / Armed Robbery Investigation PCSD
« on: October 27, 2009, 12:56:59 PM »

News Release
Assault and Robbery
Pulaski County Sheriff J. B. King
Oct. 27, 2009

At 12:08am on Oct. 27, 2009, Pulaski County deputies responded to the Country Hearth Inn, 14175  Rt. Z, for an unknown disturbance. Upon arrival it was determined that an armed robbery and assault of four persons had occurred. The injuries from the assault were minor. According to the victims an unknown black male forced his way into the victims hotel room armed with a shotgun, forced the victims to the floor and took their cash and other property. The subject then fled the scene.

At this time the investigation is underway and additional news will be released when available.

Local News / Pursuit and Arrest PCSD
« on: October 23, 2009, 01:11:13 PM »

News Release
Pursuit and Arrest
Pulaski County Sheriff J. B. King
Oct. 23, 2009

At approximately 1:43am on Oct. 23, 2009, the Pulaski County 911 Center advised the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office of a physical domestic disturbance on Rim Drive in western Pulaski County. As the deputies pulled up to the house at 1:54am a male subject fled from the scene in a vehicle. A pursuit began that covered approximately five miles on gravel roads.

At 2:05am the deputies in the pursuit advised dispatch that the suspect had just wrecked his vehicle at the low water crossing on Redoak Road. The subject was taken into custody and the shotgun used in the domestic incident was secured.

The suspect was taken to a hospital for treatment of injuries sustained in the vehicle accident. He was treated and released from the ER. The suspect was then taken to the Pulaski County Jail where is being held pending the filing of formal charges from the domestic incident. A number of traffic violations are also expected to be filed for driving violations that occurred during the pursuit.

The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Missouri State Highway Patrol and the Waynesville City Police during this incident. The suspect will not be named at this time since charges have not yet been filed.

Local News / Jail Study for Pulaski County
« on: October 15, 2009, 07:02:18 PM »
                                               A New Pulaski County Jail
The construction of the current Pulaski County jail dates back before 1976. In 1976 the current jail was remodeled and updated for use.   When the current Pulaski County Courthouse was built in 1990 the new courthouse was built around the existing jail structure.  The jail was designed to house both male and female inmates. It was designed to house a total of 28 inmates. The passage of years has rendered the Pulaski County Jail obsolete.
The passage of time has done more than just render the jail obsolete. The problems created by our old jail are numerous and they have a serious effect on the operation of the Pulaski County Circuit Court and the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office. These problems also have a serious financial downside for Pulaski County.  The solution to the problem would be a new Pulaski County Jail.
The financial downside for the continued operation of the old jail is simple to explain. While we can hold 28 inmates our daily jail roster usually has from 58 to 65 names listed. Each inmate above the set number of 28 represents a payment of $35.00 per day to another facility to house the inmate.  The yearly average each day for inmates is 62. That would mean 34 other inmates are housed outside of the Pulaski County Jail. At $35.00 per day per inmate that means our daily payment to house our inmates   outside of Pulaski County would be $1,190.00.
When the expense figures for the past several years are added together (Appendix A) the payments made by the Pulaski County taxpayers are staggering. For the years 2001 through 2008 the payment total was $2,598,148.00 for an eight year period. For the year 2009 we should add a minimum of $300,000.00 more to the total. Thus for a nine year period the grand total would be $2,898,148.00. These payments by the Pulaski County taxpayers have greatly assisted the taxpayers of Miller and Phelps Counties with the task of paying off their own new jails. These payments also helped the overall economy of Miller and Phelps Counties by producing jobs for local people who then spend their money within the local economic system.  In short a win-win situation for Miller and Phelps Counties and a total loss for Pulaski County.
The loss of taxpayer money is not confined to the inmate board bill alone. The housing of an inmate in the Miller County Jail requires a 74 mile round trip. For the Phelps County Jail it is 62 miles. The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office makes hundreds of these trips each year. The expense of the gasoline, wear and tear on the vehicles, and hourly salary of the transport officers add up to another huge waste of our taxpayer money.  In addition for each and every trip there is the increased threat of inmate escape or a vehicle accident with injury to the inmate or officer.
The lack of an adequate Pulaski County Jail hinders the efficiency of the Pulaski County Circuit Court in a number of ways. Our local judges cannot hold a hearing in a case on short notice because the inmate might be in the Miller County Jail and producing the inmate for court requires a 74 mile round trip by the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office. If we had a new jail the judge would merely have to send for the inmate and ten minutes later the inmate would be in the courtroom.
One function of the judicial system that most people overlook is the ability of the court to require defendants to change their ways. One of the most common methods is the use of a sentence of jail time in the county jail. This amounts to a slap to the head that frequently gets the attention of the defendant and causes them to change their criminal mindset. If such a sentence is imposed very early in the career of a new defendant it frequently causes a life changing thought process to occur. Our current jail system does not allow for the court to sentence a lot of people at any given time without imposing hardships on the Pulaski County taxpayers.
The efficiency of the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office is also greatly hampered by the lack of an adequate jail. The jail staff and deputies must make hundreds of transport trips each year in order to shuffle the inmates around to make sure that the correct inmate is in the Pulaski County Jail on the correct court date. This leads to hundreds of hours of overtime each year that could have been expended for a better cause.
The current problems of the Pulaski County Jail due to inadequate construction and structural failure have not been addressed in this report. Over the past few years we have made considerable progress in fixing the immediate problems in the jail such as the removal of the wooden ceiling and repair of the plumbing fixtures, new light fixtures and so forth. These efforts have extended the life of our obsolete jail and have removed safety hazards from the jail. These efforts are not a substitute for a new jail.
A fact of life frequently overlooked is the speed with which a new jail can be built. It is now October of 2009. If we were to begin the process needed for the construction of a new jail this month the absolute best we could hope for would be completion of the new jail by October of 2011. Over the past decade there have been many jail projects completed  in Missouri and each of them has required between two and two and a half years to complete. The costs of building a new jail increase each year that we delay action on the project and that makes the final expense of a new jail much greater.
As the elected Sheriff of Pulaski County I understand the problems cited above and I see no way out of our problem other than the construction of a new jail. I have been speaking out in favor of a new jail for the past several years. But the idea of a new jail financed by a tax increase has met with opposition.
After due consideration of this problem I have decided that it is time for action. I have decided to fund a feasibility study by a well known jail building architect who also takes an active part in the financing of a new jail. The study will determine if the economic situation of the Pulaski County Jail will support a bid for the issue of a governmental bond process that would finance the construction of a new Pulaski County Jail without the need for new jail tax to be imposed on our Pulaski County taxpayers.
The purpose of this report is to inform the Pulaski County Commission and the taxpayers of Pulaski County of the feasibility study. We anticipate that the study will take at least four months to complete and when the process is complete I will have the architect and his staff present the results to the members of the Pulaski County Commission.
Sheriff J. B. King

Local News / Shooting Incident PCSD
« on: October 14, 2009, 01:17:43 PM »

News Release
Shooting Incident
Pulaski County Sheriff J. B. King
Oct. 14, 2009

On Tuesday October 13, 2009, at approximately 3:49pm the Pulaski County 911 Center advised the Pulaski County Sheriff’s office that a subject had been shot at his residence on Roscoe Lane and was being taken to the Witmor Farms Restaurant parking lot by a private vehicle to meet a Pulaski County Ambulance unit. Deputies responded to the parking lot to speak with the victim.

The subject who had been shot was Tony Trotter Jr., age 50, of 25630 Roscoe, Waynesville, Missouri. Trotter told deputies that he had been shot by an unknown assailant at his residence. Trotter was taken by Pulaski County Ambulance to the Phelps County Regional Medical Center.

At this time deputies from the Pulaski County Sheriff’s office are continuing the investigation. We have no reason to believe that this was a random act of violence. We believe that there is more to the incident then we have been told and Trotter was the specific target of the shooter.

Local News / Fugitive Arrest Pulaski County
« on: October 10, 2009, 04:13:50 PM »

News Release
Fugitive Arrest
Pulaski County Sheriff J. B. King
Oct. 10, 2009

At approximately 9:15am on Oct. 9, 2009, members of the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office assisted the United States Marshals’ Service, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department’s Fugitive Apprehension Strike Team with an arrest of a suspect who was at a motel located near the Mo. 28 and I-44 overpass in Pulaski County.

The suspect, Joseph Lamarr Barr, Age 29, of 1511 39th Street, St. Louis, Missouri was found in a room at the motel and was taken into custody without incident. At the time of his arrest Barr had been named in three warrants related to drug trafficking in the St. Louis Missouri and Greene County Missouri area.

Barr was released to the custody of the United States Marshals’ Service at the conclusion of the operation.

Local News / Burglary Arrest Pulaski County
« on: September 29, 2009, 08:03:31 PM »

News Release
Burglary Arrest
Pulaski County Sheriff J. B. King
Sept. 29, 2009

On Sept. 20, 2009, deputies from the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office investigated a home burglary in the 17000 block of highway 17 near Crocker, Missouri.  Entry to the home had been made through a garage door and several items of jewelry were missing from the residence. The owner of the residence was able to give the deputies a physical description of a white female and the bluish gray mini van she was driving that had been on her property. The owner of the residence did not obtain a license plate number from the van.

On Sept. 27, 2009, deputies responded to a burglary of a residence located in the 24000 block of Rt. H near Waynesville, Missouri. The owner of this residence reported that she had confronted a white female subject who had suddenly appeared from the rear yard of her residence. The subject was driving a silver/blue van and the home owner was able to obtain a license plate number from the vehicle.

The plate number was registered to a party living well outside of Pulaski County. However good investigative work by the deputy led to a connection with Ft. Wood and because of this connection the subject was located at 10 Dogwood Drive, Waynesville, Missouri. Deputies from the Pulaski County Sheriff’s office and Waynesville City Police Officers went to the residence to talk to the subject. As a result of the investigation one female suspect was arrested and items of jewelry stolen on Sept. 20, 2009, from the Crocker area were recovered.

A statement of probable cause was sent to the Pulaski County Prosecutor and a charge of burglary in the second degree was filed against Tabitha Ann Gillroy, age 29, who lives at 10 Dogwood Drive, Waynesville, Missouri. A bond of $30,000.00 was set for the offense. The burglary charge is a mere accusation and is not evidence of guilt. Evidence to support the charge must be presented before a court of competent jurisdiction whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence.

Local News / Darrell Todd Maurina Missing
« on: September 23, 2009, 01:17:48 PM »

In response to several questions as to the well being of the infamous Clark Kent reporter clone known as Darrell Todd Maurina and wife Annie who have been reported as missing in action for the past several days I would like to report that I was officially requested to do a well being check on the missing persons.

Depending on your viewpoint, I have good news or bad news, but my news report is that Darrell and Annie are alive and well as of 0800H on 9-23-2009. I spoke with both of them face to face. Darrell did mention revenge on those who sent me to his house but that is not my problem.


Local News / Federal Grant Award for Pulaski County Sheriff
« on: September 02, 2009, 02:44:43 PM »

News Release
Federal Grant Award
Pulaski County Sheriff J. B. King
Sept. 2, 2009

The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office has been awarded another federal grant. The announcement was made by the United States Department of Justice on August 31, 2009. The grant award was for a total of $14,246.00. The award was made under the FY09 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program, local solicitation section. The purpose of the grant is to improve and enhance the rural law enforcement capabilities of the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office.

The focus of the grant will be on equipment to enhance the investigative ability of the deputies and to provide additional high tech evidence for the successful prosecution of cases in Pulaski County Circuit Court. The grant will provide high quality equipment to meet two specific needs for the Sheriff’s office to improve criminal investigations.

The sheriff’s office applied for the necessary equipment to set up a first class interview room that has full audio/video capability to record suspect interviews. The taping of suspect interviews in specific criminal cases was mandated by recent statute changes for all Missouri police agencies. This new statute took effect August 28, 2009. The grant equipment will allow the sheriff’s office to comply with the new law.

The second round of equipment will consist of a vehicle mounted camera system for two of the sheriff’s patrol vehicles. The ability to record vehicle stops, car chases and criminal interdictions will greatly assist with the successful prosecution of many cases. At this time the sheriff’s office does not have any camera systems in their vehicles.

Quote by Sheriff J. B. King, “This grant has saved the day for us. We have been trying to find a way to fund a first class interview room for the last four years without any luck. We will now have the ability to set up that room and the timing could not have been better since the capability to record the interviews is now required by Missouri law. As for the car camera systems I believe everyone has watched some of the reality police video’s on TV and everyone truly understands that in cases with car camera footage the picture is worth more than a thousand words to a jury. I look forward to the day that this new equipment will be in use and will help us protect the citizens of Pulaski County.

I would also like to say thank you to our terrific grant writer, Kelly Sink-Blair from the Meramec Regional Planning Commission for her help with this grant. Kelly understands the federal grant system and her words and experience offer us an advantage when we apply for the federal grants. Her efforts on our behalf are priceless.”

Local News / Another Fatal Motorcycle Accident
« on: August 27, 2009, 10:37:16 PM »
Vehicle Information   
Veh. #Vehicle DescriptionDamageDispositionDriver NameDriver GenderDriver AgeSafety DeviceDriver City/StateDriver InsuranceVehicle Direction
Injury Information   
Veh. #NameGenderAgeInjury TypeSafety DeviceCity/StateInvolvementDisposition
Misc. Information   

Local News / Sheriff's Department Honor Ceremony
« on: May 13, 2009, 12:24:28 AM »
The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department would like to announce a special honor’s ceremony will be held to recognize several members of the Sheriff’s Department for their special work in 2008. The ceremony will be held at 11:00am in the foyer of the Pulaski County Courthouse on May 14, 2009.

The ceremony will honor three members of the department for their special actions in 2008. The ceremony is part of the National Police Officer’s Week celebration that is occurring throughout the United States. The ceremony will be open to the public and all citizens are welcome to attend.

Local News / LANEG & PCSD Drug Case
« on: January 31, 2009, 02:28:01 PM »

Pulaski County Resident Arrested on Drug Charges

News Release

For further information please contact: Sergeant Dan Crain
January 30, 2009

EMPHASIS: Pulaski County Resident Arrested on Drug Charges

Captain Luke Vislay, director of the Division of Drug and Crime Control, announces the results of a short-term joint narcotics investigation in Pulaski County.

As a result of a short-term narcotics-related investigation by members of the Lake Area Narcotics Enforcement Group (LANEG), a vehicle stop was conducted in St. Robert, Missouri. A canine officer with the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department assisted with the vehicle stop and his canine partner indicated the presence of illegal narcotics in the vehicle. After a search of the vehicle, officers seized approximately 20 pounds of processed marijuana. The driver of the vehicle was identified as Benjamin C. Johnson, 21, of St. Robert, MO. Johnson was arrested at the scene and transported to the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department.

Task force officers then applied for and received a search warrant for the Benjamin C. Johnson residence, located at 14990 Turkey Lane, St. Robert. Task force officers and a sheriff’s deputy then served the search warrant. As a result of this search an additional approximate three pounds of processed marijuana was seized, along with five firearms and numerous anabolic steroids.

Johnson was formally charged by the Pulaski County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office with distribution of a controlled substance. His bond was set at $30,000 cash or surety.

The Lake Area Narcotics Enforcement Group is a multi-jurisdictional drug task force. Its members include the sheriff’s departments of Pulaski, Laclede, Camden, Gasconade, and Crawford counties, as well as the Lebanon and Osage Beach police departments. LANEG is governed by a board of directors and is coordinated by the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

The above charge is mere accusation and is not evidence of guilt. Evidence in support of the charge must be presented before a court of competent jurisdiction whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence.


Local News / Drug Arrests
« on: December 16, 2008, 12:30:47 AM »
News Release

For further information please contact:        Sgt. Jason Clark
                                                (573) 522-0980
December 12, 2008

EMPHASIS:  Drug Investigation

Captain Luke Vislay, director of the Division of Drug and Crime Control, announces the results of a short-term joint narcotics investigation in Pulaski County.

As a result of a short-term narcotics related investigation by members of the Lake Area Narcotics Enforcement Group and the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department, on December 5, 2008, a search warrant was served at a residence located at 29660 Starburst Drive, Laquey, MO.  Agencies assisting in the service of the search warrant included the Lake Area Narcotics Enforcement Group, the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department, and the Missouri State Highway Patrol.  During the search of this residence officers seized various items of drug-related paraphernalia and two handguns.  Arrested at the scene was Joseph M. Trotter, 28, of Laquey, and Robin L. Gonzalez, 39, of Laquey.  A juvenile was removed from the scene and turned over to juvenile authorities.  Trotter was formally charged for two counts of unlawful possession of a firearm.  A bond was set for $25,000.  Gonzalez was later released, pending a laboratory analysis of the drug-related items of paraphernalia.   

This investigation is a continuing effort by the Lake Area Narcotics Enforcement Group working with the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office to address the increased availability of heroin in the area.   

The Lake Area Narcotics Enforcement Group is a multi-jurisdictional drug task force.  Its members include the Sheriff’s Departments of Pulaski, Laclede, Camden, Dallas, Gasconade, and Crawford counties, as well as the Lebanon and Osage Beach police departments.  LANEG is governed by a board of directors and is coordinated by the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

The above charges are mere accusations and are not evidence of guilt. Evidence in support of these charges must be presented before a court of competent jurisdiction whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence

Local News / Special Media Report- The Crime Rate in Pulaski County
« on: October 04, 2008, 07:17:07 PM »
  Special Media Report
The Crime Rate in Pulaski County
Sheriff J. B. King

A simple idea to measure the crime rate for any given city or county in the United States is a good idea. This is the type of information that can be very useful to citizens for many reasons. But things can get very complex during the reporting procedure. In this report I shall try to explain the Uniform Crime Reporting system better known as the UCR system.

Each month every police agency in the united states, federal, state, local county or city is required to report a set of predetermined crimes and arrests to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Each year the FBI compiles this information and then they make a complete report to the United State Congress on the issue of crime in America. As with any system created by the government there are complex issues that must be studied to understand the system. This report will cover the issue of crime in Pulaski County Missouri and I will do my best to keep the complex issues simple.

Figures lie and liars figure. How many times have you heard that statement? When you are dealing with a system that relies on figures you must remember that they are open to a certain amount of interpretation. Understanding what is reported and how the data is captured makes the interpretation much more valid.

On the surface the system is simple. There are only two basic parts to the system. The part one report captures only the data related to a select group of “major crimes”. The second part report captures the date related to the selected “other” crimes that occur. The part one crimes are captured as Pulaski County “rural” and Pulaski County “all”. The Pulaski County “rural” numbers come from the cases reported by the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department as having occurred in the unincorporated parts of Pulaski County.

The Pulaski County “all” figures capture the numbers for all major crimes reported in Pulaski County and does include the numbers reported by the Sheriff’s Department. The second part of the system captures arrest data on arrests made by all departments within Pulaski County. Each arrest is broken down by age, sex, race and charge. The department making the arrest is not part of the final report.

The part one crimes are divided into two sections. Section number one are the violent crimes such as murder, manslaughter, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault. The second section covers the property crimes and they are burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, robbery and arson. Since you just saw robbery listed in both sections your first question is why? Here is where the system gets confusing and where the system gets very complex. Each crime has a set of requirements that must be established before it can be reported. Thus robbery with a gun would probably go under section one but a purse snatch would go under section two.

The crime data listed under part two does include all of the part one offenses and a lot more. The part two crime section adds the following; simple assault, forgery or counterfeiting, fraud, embezzlement, stolen property (buy, sell, receive), vandalism, weapons charges, prostitution, vice and sex offenses. It also includes eight separate categories of drug violations, gambling, offenses against the family and children, driving under the influence, boating under the influence, liquor law violations, drunkenness, disorderly conduct, vagrancy, and the catch all section of “all other offenses”. Part two also lists curfew, loitering, and runaways under18 years of age.

The reporting system also has a hierarchy rule. This gets very complex and also leads to a certain amount of confusion. Each major crime must meet a list of criteria set by statute to be prosecuted as the major crime. The very nature of crime means that included within the one specific major crime are usually several less important crimes. The less important crimes would drop off the report.

Another set of rules deals with the fact that many times there are several unrelated crimes committed within a few minutes during the commission of the crime the bad guy was actually wanting to commit. Therefore there is another pecking order to establish what should be reported. The best example I can think of is to revisit the day our Deputy Rex Larson was shot on the job. Dep. Larson was responding to a burglary in progress, an actual burglary had occurred, but when he arrived on the scene the suspect shot him twice and the case was reported as aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer under the hierarchy rule. The data on the burglary offense was left out of the report.

If our department had a set of crime numbers that we routinely released we would most likely have reported both the burglary and the assault on Dep. Larson to the media. Later if the media checked our year’s crime numbers we would be at least one burglary short of what the UCR system reported. And the loss of the burglary data could lead to confusion with the media and the citizens.

Then there is the human factor. How efficient was the person who entered the data? Did they follow the UCR rules correctly? Did they find and capture the data to be reported for all of the crimes within their jurisdiction that should have been reported? Since the person who enters the data depends on the officers who made the arrest to have properly filled out the arrest paperwork then how accurate was the officers data?

By this time you should understand that the UCR system is complex and any reliance on the number data generated should be taken with a bit of salt. The system does work well and does a good job of reporting but please remember that there can be errors.

For the purpose of this report I only researched the data from the year 2001 through 2007. While there are numbers available for 2008 they are not complete numbers and tend to confuse the issue. Anything prior to 2001 can be argued to be old history and besides you must establish a starting place somewhere.

For 2001 the UCR reports show that the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department reported a total of 332 part one crimes in rural Pulaski County. All law agencies within Pulaski County (includes PCSD) reported a total of 819 major crimes in the county. For the year 2001 all Pulaski County law agencies reported a total of 1,656 arrests.

For comparison purposes the year of 2007 the rural crime report was 370 part one crimes. All other agencies part one crimes totaled 959. The total number of arrests for 2007 was reported as 2,218. I have included a chart with this report that lists the data from part one rural, part one all, and total arrests for each year.

I would like to remind everyone that to a degree this system is open to interpretation and at times the numbers seem strange. Also please remember to factor in the human element. This report clearly shows that crime in Pulaski County has increased over the past seven years but for those same seven years we have also enjoyed a business and housing explosion.

----Part One rural -----Part One All ------All Crime

2001----------- 332------------- 819----- -------- 1656
2002------------ 321------------- 728-------------- 1598
2003----------- 240-------------- 706------------ 1555
2004---------- 252-------------- 714------------ 1536
2005---------- 366-------------- 844------------- 2375
2006----------- 373-------------- 965-------------- 2067
2007----------- 370-------------- 959-------------- 2218

Local News / KRCG-13
« on: October 02, 2008, 11:29:37 AM »
Pulaski County jail budget depleted   Pulaski County officials say too many inmates, not enough moneyBy Mallory McGowin
Wednesday, October 01, 2008 at 4:24 p.m.

 PULASKI COUNTY -- While the nation faces financial turmoil, one mid-Missouri county faces a budget crisis. General revenue for Pulaski County is collected through a half-cent sales tax. The tax generates nearly $2 million a year. But, as KRCG's Mallory McGowin discovered, that's apparently not enough to cover county expenses, specifically the cost of operating the Pulaski County Jail.
"The county does not have the income flow coming in to manage the services that are being required," says Pulaski County Sheriff J.B. King. "It doesn't take a financial genius to figure that out."
As of August, Sheriff King was over his jail budget by almost $100,000.
The biggest challenge: the cost to feed and provide medicine to the county's approximately 65 inmates.
The Pulaski County Jail can only hold 30 of those prisoners. The other nearly three dozen are taken to neighboring facilities, typically Miller and Phelps County jails and the Dixon city jail, for about $35 a day. That also means additional labor and transportation costs to take get the inmates to those facilities.
In making the 2008 budget, other Pulaski County departments sacrificed all the extra funds they could, allowing the county commission to slightly increase the sheriff's budget. But, it still wasn't enough.
"Does it feel good to be the guy who's labeled as the man who's over-budget? No, it does not," says King. "But, quite frankly, the budget for this department is no where near what it should be and hasn't been for many years."
Sheriff King and other Pulaski County officials admit it's not that the county doesn't want to increase the budget, it's that there's no money to increase the budget with.
"There's basically two solutions," says King. "One, you can quit doing the job. Or two, you can raise the income available to do the job with. The first one is definitely out because we cannot quit doing this job. It's that simple."
But what is the solution? According to King, it's a tax increase, possibly in the form of a one-eighth to a one-half cent sales tax. But, that matter is not on this year's ballot.
And with three months left in the year, the amount the county is over budget is only expected to rise.
"We could very well have another big drug bust, another big problem, and put 10, 15, 20 people in jail," says Pulaski County Presiding Commissioner Bill Ransdall. "At $35 a day, 20 people in jail, that's $700 a day. And so it doesn't take long to run into a lot of money."

Pulaski County Presiding Commissioner Bill Ransdall says the county does not have enough reserve funds to make up the budget shortfall and will likely have to borrow the money. He says the current county budget is as lean as it can get.

Local News / Burglary Arrest
« on: September 24, 2008, 11:40:11 PM »
News Release
Burglary Arrest
Pulaski County Sheriff J. B. King
Sept. 23, 2008

On Sept. 19, 2008, a Pulaski County deputy responded to 24497 Tupelo Lane, St. Robert, Missouri for a reported burglary. The victim told the deputy on arrival that someone had been in her house and had used her computer. The victim pointed out a small mass storage device, usually referred to as a thumb drive or flash drive that was still in her computer. The victim stated the device was not hers.

An examination of the device determined that the flash drive contained sufficient personal information to identify the owner of the device. On Sept. 20, 2008, the owner of the flash drive was questioned by deputies reference his involvement in the burglary. At the conclusion of the interview the subject was held in the Pulaski County Jail while a statement of probable cause was sent to the Pulaski County Prosecutor.

The Prosecutor filed one count of burglary second degree against Derick Lamar Roberts, age 34, of 24418 Tupelo Lane, St. Robert, Missouri. The bond on the charge was set at $30,000.00.  Mr. Roberts posted bond and was released from custody.

County Government Opinion / Courthouse Generator
« on: August 17, 2008, 01:59:42 PM »
As many of you know I have pushed for a new state of the art generator for the entire courthouse for some time now. I am pleased to announce that Commissioner Farnham picked up the ball and headed up the field. As a result the bids for the new automatic start, test, run cycle, everything generator went out this past week. The Court house Facilities Board has agreed to finance the project. I would like to say job well done to Commissioner Farnham and a big thank you to the Board members who agreed to foot the bill.
The reason I put this on here is the lack of media attention to this news.

Article from the Daily Guide 7-29-08
 County commissioners last week blamed their insurance agent, Ken Bassett, for keeping comprehensive and collision coverage on numerous older-model sheriff’s department vehicles, but Bassett said he did exactly what the county commissioners wanted.
Pointing to Presiding Commissioner Bill Ransdall, Bassett reminded the commissioners that he hadn’t been given adequate time to explain the insurance documents he presented in to the commissioners but had given everything in writing to them for review.
“That gentleman right there told me I had only 10 minutes and I said I didn’t think I had enough time,” Bassett said. “I wouldn’t dare  take coverage off the cars without a signed piece of paper telling me to.”
Bassett detailed items out of his meeting at the beginning of the year with the county commissioners and said the county’s current insurance coverage on vehicles has been in place at least since Tony Crismon was elected presiding commissioner in 2002.
“Maybe you don’t remember it, but that’s the way it works,” Bassett said. “It’s up to you if you want to take coverage off some of these cars, but you’ve got to tell me to do it, and you didn’t.”
Commissioner Dennis Thornsberry said he didn’t understand why some of the sheriff’s department cars were fitted with equipment such as radios and light-emitting diode light bars that are more expensive than the car to which they are mounted.
“A $1,500 light bar on a $2,000 car — that makes a lot of sense, doesn’t it?” Thornsberry said.
Bassett said he understood the concern, but presented statistics indicating in recent years, Pulaski County had paid $6,935 of insurance premiums but received $10,359 in payments for totaled-out patrol cars following crashes.
“And we’ve gotten to keep the salvage on it, too,” Bassett said.
Keeping salvaged cars after they’ve been totaled benefits the county, Bassett said, because the chief deputy, Capt. Tom Cristoffer, is a skilled mechanic who can take usable parts off the wrecked cars and put them on other vehicles.
“I can remember at least two cars we totaled out and the insurance company let the sheriff’s department keep the salvage, so they got to keep the light bar,” Bassett said.
Bassett said the county’s difficult financial situation complicates insurance decisions, and noted that the sheriff’s department has had 10 vehicle crashes in the last seven years.
“I don’t disagree that we shouldn’t be carrying and paying $162 or $170 for comprehensive and collision on a $3,000 automobile,” Bassett said. “But where would we come up with $3,000 to replace one of these old junkers? I guarantee you the department will lose one a year.”
Bassett said the county currently has 11 sheriff’s department vehicles that are 2001 models or newer and 13 that are older.
“The chances are more than 50 percent that if (the sheriff’s department) had an accident, it’d be on a car 2000 or older, and we’ll total it out,” Bassett said.
After seeing that the county’s current insurance coverage had led to more receipts than payments from insurance, Thornsberry said the financial situation made more sense.
“It ain’t a bad deal, I agree,” Thornsberry said.
Thornsberry asked for detailed reports on the value of each of the cars being insured by the county; Bassett presented those numbers, but commissioners questioned whether some of the vehicles with a listed value of more than $10,000 were actually worth the listed amount.
Bassett said he didn’t know where the vehicle values came from, but said they didn’t come from his office.
“I’m sure Tom (Cristoffer) would know more about the mileage and value of these cars than anyone,” Bassett said.
Commissioner Bill Farnham agreed.
“When I talked to Tom, his main concern was the value of the equipment on it, not the cars,” Farnham said.
After verifying that Bassett’s insurance company wouldn’t pay more than the value of the vehicle plus additional equipment, Thornsberry asked that the vehicle values be reviewed and compared to the auto book values.
“We’re not going to overinsure a car that’s worth only $2,000,” Thornsberry said, noting that the light bars and radios would usually be salvageable.
Usually but not always, Bassett said.
“I think if you have a rollover collision, it would ruin one of those light bars,” Bassett said.
Ransdall, who had remained quiet for most of the meeting, asked for details on who pays for the insurance.
“Does all the insurance payment come out of our general revenue budget?” Ransdall asked.
Not necessarily. Thornsberry said the road and bridge department vehicle insurance is paid out of the road and bridge budget and County Clerk Diana Linnenbringer said the office of County Assessor Roger Harrison pays for vehicles out of his own budget.
“You know my likes for insurance … I just always said, somebody, take care of this,” Ransdall said.
Bassett said the “somebody” probably shouldn’t be him on determining vehicle values.
“I think it’s a good idea to visit with Tom (Cristoffer); I’ll go visit with him if you want, but it’s your job,” Bassett said.
Thornsberry said fixing the problem shouldn’t be that difficult once accurate values are determined for the sheriff’s department vehicles.
“We don’t want to overinsure them; we don’t want to underinsure them,” Thornsberry said. “We just want to insure them for what they’re worth.”

County Government Opinion / Racial Profile Reports Pulaski County
« on: July 28, 2008, 11:58:42 PM »
The letter to the Editor below was recently run in the Daily Guide. I feel the need to defend my department so here goes a new topic.
"Dear editor,

I am writing to comment on Sheriff James B. King’s failure to discuss the 2007 racial profiling data for the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department.
I am disappointed that, in spite of the fact that local media allow him to publish a weekly article, Sheriff King has not discussed the racial profiling statistics for the department that he leads. I think that the public should know that during 2007, the search rates for Blacks and Hispanics were higher than those of other racial groups (with the exception of “other”). I think that it is good that the PCSD met the reporting requirement, but someone within the PCSD (preferably Sheriff King) has to take action to ensure that that substandard law enforcement procedures do not become the norm within the PCSD.
The statistics from earlier years tell a similar story. For 2006, the PCSD reported disparity indexes and search rates for Blacks and Hispanics that were the highest rates reported. For 2005, the PCSD reported a disparity index of 1.14 for Blacks, the highest one reported. For 2005, the search rates for Blacks and Hispanics were the highest rates reported.
I have presented the facts. My opinions are as follows:
• Citizens who argue in support of the proposed law enforcement (LE) sales tax must tell us and show us how the proposed LE sales tax will facilitate improvements in the overall professionalism of the PCSD. The veiled threat that has been presented so far, “Give us more money or we won’t protect you” does not constitute a logical argument.
• I fail to understand how proponents of the LE sales tax can ask the citizens to give more resources to any organization that mistreats segments of the community.
• I offer four suggestions for increasing professionalism within the PCSD: Civilian oversight by an appointed/elected committee, performance counseling for each deputy, physical fitness and weight standards, and quarterly/semiannual/annual review of racial profiling statistics.
• Police professionalism should be one of the top law enforcement issues discussed, especially during this election year. We cannot resolve this issue by ignoring it or by accusing those who raise the issue of not supporting law enforcement. Insults will never take the place of reasoned arguments based on the facts. Every candidate for Pulaski County Sheriff-the incumbent and all challengers-should have comments on this issue.
• Sheriff King should discuss this issue with the citizens of Pulaski County in his next weekly article. Late is better than never.
• The citizens of Pulaski County need and deserve a sheriff’s department that apprehends criminals using the minimum amount of force, enforces the law, models the proper behavior on and off duty, protects and serves the citizens, and treats all law-abiding citizens with dignity and respect. This is a tall order, but this is the minimum standard for a professional police agency.
• The PCSD and its leadership must serve all of the citizens of Pulaski County, as opposed to a small group of fervent supporters.
Concerned citizens can find racial profiling data at the Missouri Attorney General’s web site, I await Sheriff King’s comments.
Carl A. Grandberry
St. Robert"

Local News / Federal Charges from the Raid
« on: May 23, 2008, 12:51:46 AM »
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – John F. Wood, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced today that seven Pulaski County, Mo., residents and two out-of-state residents have been indicted by a federal grand jury in six separate cases for distributing crack cocaine and ecstasy in Pulaski County.

The defendants were charged in a series of indictments returned under seal by a federal grand jury in Springfield on May 7, 2008. Those indictments were unsealed and made public today following the initial court appearances of the defendants. Eight of the nine defendants were arrested on Wednesday, May 21, 2008 – six of them as part of a law enforcement operation in Pulaski County and two of them by law enforcement officers in St. Louis, Mo.

Claudell J. Haggard
, 31, of St. Robert, Mo., and Tammy Renee Keeling, 42, of Waynesville, Mo., were charged as co-defendants in an indictment that alleges they participated in a conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine in Pulaski County.

Jedediah E. Carter
, 24, Chaddell Leroy Carter, 19, and Jessika Lei Tabone, 21, all of St. Robert, and Shaun Benton McClure, 28, of Chicago, Ill., were each charged in separate indictments with distributing crack cocaine in Pulaski County.

Anthony Dontrell Haggard
, 25, and Laken Sierra Haggard, 22, both of St. Robert, were charged as co-defendants in a conspiracy to distribute ecstasy in Pulaski County. Anthony and Laken Haggard, who are married, were arrested in St. Louis by U.S. Postal Inspection Service agents. Norris Ray Robertson, 25, of Katy, Texas, also charged in the ecstasy conspiracy, remains at large.

Haggard and Keeling were each charged with participating in a conspiracy to distribute five grams or more of crack cocaine from April 20 to July 19, 2006, and one count of distributing five grams or more of crack cocaine on April 20, 2006. Keeling was also charged with one count of distributing cocaine on July 19, 2006.

Jedediah Carter was charged with three counts of distributing five grams or more of crack cocaine in September 2006.

Chaddell Carter
was charged with one count of distributing cocaine on Dec. 20, 2006, and one count of distributing five grams or more of crack cocaine on Jan. 30, 2007.

Tabone was charged with two counts of distributing five grams or more of crack cocaine in January 2007, and one count of distribute crack cocaine on April 9, 2007.

was charged with six counts of distributing five grams or more of crack cocaine between Sept. 19, 2006, and March 19, 2007, and two counts of distributing crack cocaine on Sept. 20 and Dec. 20, 2006.

, Anthony Haggard and Laken Haggard were each charged with participating in a conspiracy to distribute ecstasy in Pulaski County from March to May 17, 2006. Robertson is also charged with using the mail to facilitate the distribution of ecstasy on May 11, 2006. Laken Haggard is also charged with attempting to possess with intent to distribute ecstasy on May 13, 2006.

Wood cautioned that the charges contained in these indictments are simply accusations, and not evidence of guilt. Evidence supporting the charges must be presented to a federal trial jury, whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence.

These cases are being prosecuted by Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy A. Garrison. They were investigated by the St. Robert, Mo., Police Department, the Pulaski County, Mo., Sheriff’s Department, the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department 
The rest of the story.

Local News / News Release- Knife Attack
« on: May 16, 2008, 12:41:28 AM »
At approximately 5:44pm on May 13, 2008, the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department was notified of a physical disturbance in progress at 15785 Hallmark Lane just outside of the St. Robert City Limits. Upon arrival at the scene the Deputies found one person with blood on them but no apparent injury. Witnesses to the incident told the Deputies that a black male covered in blood had fled the scene.

While several Deputies and St. Robert City Police Officers attempted to locate the subject who fled the scene other Deputies obtained details of the assault that had occurred. The first information developed was that the disturbance had been between a brother and sister. A short time later Deputies made contact with a person who told them he had taken a person who was bleeding to a trailer on Hartford Road, which is located in the Mo. 28 area.

Several Deputies went to that location and found a person with two knife wounds. The Pulaski County Ambulance Service was called to the scene and the wounded person was taken to the Phelps County Regional Medical Center for treatment. A friend of the wounded person who was living in the trailer was found to have an active warrant and was taken to the St. Robert Police Department and released to them.

Later that night a Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department Detective went to the Phelps County Hospital to interview the wounded person. As the Detective was interviewing the person the Detective recognized the person and realized that the subject had given the other Deputies a false name. The wounded person was identified as Jamel V. Hampton, age 26, of 2819 Dayton Drive, St. Louis, Missouri. Jamel Hampton had active warrants for resisting arrest and parole violation.

When Jamel Hampton was released from the Hospital he was taken into custody and spent the rest of the night in the Pulaski County Jail. The Pulaski County jail staff returned Jamel Hampton to the custody of the Missouri Department of Corrections on May 14, 2008.

With the identity of Jamel Hampton established it was apparent that the sister had also given a false identification to the Deputies who responded to the Hallmark Lane incident. On May 14, 2008 Deputies from the Sheriff’s Department located Ebony Hampton, age 25, of 15785 Hallmark Lane and arrested her on an active Pulaski County warrant for First Degree Assault. The bond on that case had been set at $50,000.00.

At the time of her arrest Ebony Hampton was in possession of several false identifications and several credit devices that did not belong to her. There were a number of prescription medications from the controlled substance list that were in her possession. A series of related investigations involving the credit devices, the prescription drugs and the false identifications are continuing. The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department will seek assistance from several other Law Enforcement agencies with these investigations.

Deputies will send a statement of probable cause to the Pulaski County Prosecutor for charges related to the stabbing incident. At this time Ebony Hampton remains in the Pulaski County Jail on the First Degree Assault warrant charge.

County Government Opinion / 2008 State of Union Sheriff's Dept. Report
« on: January 12, 2008, 02:29:18 AM »
                                             2008 State of The Union Report
                                             Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department
As part of the 2007 budget process I submitted a State of the Union report to the Pulaski County Commission. At this time 95% of the material in that report remains unchanged. The 2008 report will only focus on a few key points. They are low employee pay, excessive loss of employees, the training effort associated with that loss, the financial loss to the County due to departing employees, and the inadequate numbers of employees. As members of the Pulaski County Commission I urge you to carefully read the contents of this report. I will also submit the 2007 report for background information.
Low employee pay: The pay scale associated with the Sheriffs Department has been woefully inadequate for many years. In accordance with my instructions from the Pulaski County Commission I have submitted the 2008 budget with the 25 cent per hour wage increase for each employee. The news of this 25-cent per hour raise has already resulted in the loss of the Dispatch Division Supervisor. He joins 54 other full time employees who have departed from the Sheriff’s Department since January of 2005. My fear is that as 2008 continues I will lose other key members of my Department.We cannot lose 55 full time employees in only 36 months and continue to prosper as a Department. We have now lost 20 road Deputies, 20 jail staff members and 15 Dispatch employees. The loss of experience, training, and general knowledge about people and events that have previously affected Law Enforcement here in Pulaski County is a horrible burden to bear for our department. The financial drain on the County budget as each of these 55 people were paid off when they exited our employ has created problems over the past 36 months because the money was not there to make the payoff.
During the 2007 State Audit, the audit team devoted a great deal of study to the time sheets of the Sheriff’s Department employees. The final audit report indicated they felt we had an outstanding balance of some 3,700 hours of compensatory time on the books.And the news gets much worse. Due to the passage of the new minimum wage bill in 2006 many legal experts feel that the exempt provisions found in the special 171-hour Law Enforcement section have been repealed. The 171-hour rule means that an officer may work 171 hours in a 28-day period without incurring any overtime. In simple terms it means that during each 28-day period the Deputy works 11 hours for free. There are 13 pay periods under the 171-hour rule per year. At the max limit of 11 hours per 13 periods this would credit each Deputy with another 214.5 hours of comp time per year. Approximately 16 deputies would be in a position for this to apply and that works out to the possibility of an additional 3,432 hours for one year.At this time I have received advice from legal counsel to continue tracking the Deputies under the 171-hour standard until such time as Circuit Court cases have cleared the air as to exactly what the new law means.
But I must note that the State of Missouri has ordered all state law enforcement departments to consider their officers as 40-hour per week employees. Many other major size departments have also taken this step. My own reading of the new law is that it is only a matter of time until our Pulaski County Deputies will draw time and a half for each hour over 40 per week. And this change will be retroactive to January of 2007. This will require a massive adjustment of our time cards and greatly increase our comp time totals. The Pulaski County Commission has set the policy that employees of the Sheriff’s Department may not be paid for comp time. They must take the time off or they may be paid in full if they leave the department. Since the employees are not going to be paid unless they leave our employ per the Commission order this means we do have time to plan a response to this issue.
In the year 2004 the department recorded 3,912 calls for service. We finished 2007 with a total of 9,226 calls for service. Our last increase in the number of Deputies for the department occurred in 1999. At this time we do not have the number of Deputies that we need to handle to workload. Ordering Deputies to take comp time off will not work. We cannot spare them from the daily workload. The only solution will be to increase the number of Deputies in the Department. One last point to consider is that each departing Deputy or employee means we have another person to train. For the road Deputies it means a two-person team responds to each call. Thus we work one person short until the new officer is trained.
With 12 road positions this does hamper us but we can manage. When the new employee is from the dispatch or jail section, which only has five employees to start with, the loss is critical. It leads to large amounts of overtime each week as the training process continues. It forces us to release the new employee to a working alone status before they may be ready. Thus mistakes will occur. We must add additional people to the jail and dispatch staff in order to give us a chance to control overtime.In the jail section we have been forced to work one person at a time to protect, control, and supervise thirty inmates or more at any given time. I will not repeat all of the problems that this creates; I have already covered this issue at great length in the 2007 State of the Union Report. BUT this issue must be resolved. We must double the staff that works in our jail.
At this time Pulaski County finds itself in the position where we must properly complete our required legal duty to safeguard and otherwise care for the inmates committed to our jail. This is our duty under many laws including United States Code title 18 Sec.1983. The deliberate or willful indifference to their health, welfare and safety can have extremely serious consequences for Pulaski County. As the Sheriff I can only request, plead, and beg for the help we need. The only persons who can resolve this problem are the three members of the Pulaski County Commission. This is a duty that YOU owe to the inmates that our housed in our jail.
The low employee pay scales must be addressed. In looking at the road and bridge budget for 2007 I was struck by the fact that two employees there had entry level salary figures in the $23,000.00 range. Everyone else was $25,000.00 or higher. In the 2007 State of the Union address I noted that the 2006 budget featured an average salary of $26,907.89 for each road and bridge employee and the average for each Sheriff’s Department employee was only $21,768.47. This was a difference of $5,139.42 per employee. For the 2007 budget the average salary for a road and bridge employee was $27,369.00. In 2007 for the Sheriff’s Department it was $21,767.39.
Once again I must note that our salary levels are grossly inferior to the road and bridge employees. In Pulaski County it pays better to have a Commercial Drivers License and a shovel to guard a pothole then it does to wear a bullet resistant vest and arrest violent offenders. The hazards we face are real, as you will recall, not that long ago, one of our Deputies was shot twice at close range with a shotgun. Our Deputies must possess a state POST license that requires almost one year to acquire at an expense of over $5,000.00 in fees. Then they must complete 48 hours of continuing education for each three-year block of time after they leave the Academy.Our training levels are higher, our danger levels are higher, we work 24/7/365 and my Deputies would like to know why they are paid much less than the road and bridge employees. Why?Recommendations for the Commission
  • Establish a second process service position. You already have a letter from me explaining how we can do this at NO cost to the County.
  • Establish at least 3.5 additional jail staff members, 6 would be better. We will have a new source of revenue this budget year from Lowe’s that we have never had before and that sales tax revenue will cover 3.5 new jail staff members with ease. This same source can also fund one more full time dispatch position. Both of these moves will decrease comp time for the future and allow us to do our job with more efficiency.
  • For the Future of the Department and the Future of Pulaski County, place a ½ cent sales tax for the operation of the Sheriff’s Department on the ballot. This tax should be only for operations. The funding for the jail expense should continue to come from the general revenue fund. If the citizens of Pulaski County would approve this tax it would enable us to double the size of the Sheriff’s Department over the 36-month period after the tax is passed. It would allow us to add badly needed full time Narcotic officers to our staff. It would provide for the necessary vehicles for the department. It would allow us to pay a decent wage to all sections of our department, thus cutting way down on the loss of experienced employees. It would allow us to structure our employee pay scale to allow for growth and promotions. At this time our supervisors make the same salary as the people they supervise. This violates most common business and leadership practices. It would also enable us to pay off the mountain of comp time liability that we face. And last but not least the funding from general revenue that used to come to the Sheriff’s Department, less jail expense, would be returned to the control of the Pulaski County Commission and could be used for other serious projects in Pulaski County.
The future of Pulaski County is in your hands.  As members of the Pulaski County Commission you control the County and you determine the direction the County will take for the future.
Sheriff J. B. King

County Government Opinion / Sheriff's Budget Request #1 for 2008
« on: January 12, 2008, 02:13:35 AM »
Dec. 17, 2007The Pulaski County Commission Gentlemen, For the past two budget years I have asked for a second process server with no response from the Commission. And I shall ask again this upcoming budget year. I would like to point out a few simple facts for consideration. We have one Deputy assigned to full time process service. He may work 2080 hours for the year. For the past two years we have had 6,000 pieces of civil and criminal process to serve throughout Pulaski County. One Deputy cannot handle this job. We try to augment his effort by using road officers but we can never depend on them because they are always going to another call. Under the current law the first $50,000.00 that is earned during the service of these papers goes into a fund that is under the direction of the Sheriff. Anything over that cap, and in 2007 that figure was $12,777.52, goes into the general revenue fund. The civil fee fund-earning period for 2008 will run from December 2007 until November 2008. Over the past two years we have reached our cap in late September or October, the ninth or tenth month of the cycle. Since we average about $5,000.00 per month that would generally work out to $10,000.00 to the general revenue fund in two months. I would like to propose that we hire a second civil process server for 2008. With two officers assigned full time to process service we should reach our cap during month six or seven. That would leave five or six months for money to be earned for general revenue. At the usual $5,000.00 per month that should mean we could pay the new officers salary from general revenue and still place money into the general fund for the county. This would be a revenue neutral way to fund the new position. This would allow us to do our job much more efficiently, and still add revenue into the county budget. Sincerely, Sheriff J. B. King

County Government Opinion / State Audit Report PUlaski County 2007
« on: September 29, 2007, 03:39:27 PM »
The report is out and I have started a new topic. I will post the sections that apply to the Sheriff's Office soon. If you want to know about everyone else you will have to hunt the info down because they are not going to post their info. Go to Missouri State Auditor website and click on county audits then on Pulaski County. You will get the yellow sheet introduction then at the bottom of that page will be a download for the complete report.

Local News / Phelps County Jail Staff Pay Raise
« on: September 19, 2007, 10:36:17 PM »
I could not pass this story up from the Rolla Daily News. Commission approves jailer salary increases
Laura Ginsberg, Staff Writer

Jailers in Phelps County will receive a $1,270 yearly salary increase starting Oct. 1 in an effort to help attract and retain employees for the position.

The pay increase was approved Tuesday by the Phelps County Commission on the request of Phelps County Sheriff Don Blankenship, PCSD Capt. Roy Day and Lt. Matt Shults, assistant jail administrator.
The Phelps County Jail currently employs 21 jailers, including supervising lieutenants and corporals. Shults said to be fully staffed, three more full-time jailers need to be hired, and the PCSD is having a difficult time finding and retaining employees for the positions. Blankenship, Day and Shults believe a more attractive wage could help solve some of the Jail’s staffing problems.

Seventeen jailers are paid an annual base wage of about $23,730, and Blankenship asked that wage be increased to $25,000. Lieutenants and corporals make a higher base wage, and their pay will be increased by the same amount, $1,270. This will amount to an overall payroll increase of $30,480 for a full staff of 24 jailers. Another $5,500 will be needed to cover increased Medicare, worker’s compensation and the Local Government and Employees Retirement deductions.

At first, the Commission was hesitant to grant the pay increase, citing a lack in funding and lower-than-expected sales-tax revenues.
“Our sales tax is flat, and we budgeted a 3 percent increase,” District 2 Commission Bud Dean said.

The Commission suggested the PCSD wait to increase salaries until the county’s new fiscal year begins Jan. 1.

“Due to being shorthanded, we are having a morale problem and if we wait until January, we might lose more people,” Blankenship said. “I wouldn’t have come to you if I didn’t think we had a critical problem.”
After reviewing several sources of funding, it was decided the money necessary to increase wages could be taken from the Sheriff’s Civil Fund. The fund currently has $48,000, with much of the money already earmarked for equipment. About $10,000 will be taken from the fund for the raises, which will be reviewed during the budgeting process in December.

“There are no guarantees at the first of the year,” Presiding Commission Randy Verkamp said of the pay increase.

Sneak Peek Sheriff's View / Sheriff Dept. Actual Expense
« on: June 17, 2007, 08:46:58 PM »
             Pulaski County Sheriff Budget            
            Actual Expense            

         Sheriff side         Jail side      

   Year 2006   Actual   $851,931.00       Actual   $514,761.00    King   
   Minus   Medical   $72,984.00       Plus   $72,984.00       
   Minus   Meals   $103,666.00       Plus   $103,666.00       

   Total   Spent   $675,281       Total   $691,411.00       $1,366,692.00

   Year 2005   Actual   $753,767.00       actual   $246,026.00    King   
   minus   Medical   $53,972.00       plus   $53,972.00       
   minus   Meals   $79,800.00       plus   $79,800.00       

      Total   $619,995.00       Total   $379,798.00       $999,793.00

   Year 2004   Actual   $1,060,168       Actual   $377,994.00    Roberts   
   minus   Medical   $178,107.00       plus   $178,107.00       
   minus   Meals   $90,267.00       plus   $90,267.00       

      Total   $791,794.00       Total   $646,895.00       $1,438,689.00

   Year 2003   Actual   $870,625.00       Actual   $358,206.00       
   minus   Medical   $181,196.00       plus   $181,196.00    Roberts   
   minus   Meals   $89,991.00       plus   $89,991.00       

      Total   $599,438.00       Total   $629,393.00       $1,228,831.00

   Year 2002   Actual   $700,730.00       Actual   $251,877.00       
   minus   Medical   $84,492.00       plus   $84,492.00    Roberts   
   minus   Meals   $75,360.00       plus   $75,360.00       

      Total   $540,878.00       Total   $411,729.00       $952,607.00

   Year 2001   Actual   $687,115.00       Actual   $258,226.00       
   minus   Medical   $69,319.00       plus   $69,319.00    Roberts   
   minus   Meals   $22,967.00       plus   $22,967.00       

      total   $594,829.00       total   $350,512.00       $945,341.00

   Grand Total      $3,822,215.00          $3,109,738.00       $6,931,953.00

Sneak Peek Sheriff's View / Sheriff's Dept. State of Union
« on: June 17, 2007, 08:43:32 PM »

                                                       State of the Union
                                            Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office

The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office has been in existence since 1833. The Office has changed greatly since the first attempts were made to establish county law enforcement back in 1833. We have come a long way since the time in 1905 when the Sheriff rode horseback to Dixon to investigate a murder. A murder case that ended with the convicted killer being hanged on our courthouse lawn. This report will cover our problems and reflect on the current status of the Office in our modern society.

During the past thirty years the Office has changed considerably due to the changing requirements of the modern world. The creation of Ft. Leonard Wood in 1940 changed our local crime rate forever. In many respects the Sheriff’s Office fell behind the population and crime rate curve at that time and has never recovered.  With the growth explosion in Pulaski County over the past ten years we have fallen way behind in manpower and equipment to the point where we are in serious trouble and our ability to do an adequate job for the citizens of Pulaski County is in question.

The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office has four main divisions. They are Jail, Patrol, Dispatch, and Administration, which include process service. I shall cover each division in detail, with attention to the shortcomings of the unit and the steps needed to bring the division up to the proper working level.

The most serious division in trouble is the jail. The Pulaski County government leadership has allowed the jail to operate with only one person on duty for far to many years. This creates many problems. I have only been in office for two years now and we have already had one incident of major concern in the jail. A female inmate claimed the single jail staff member on duty raped her. This complaint was investigated and the jail staff member was charged and convicted on a felony offense. If there had been two staff members on duty this incident most likely would not have occurred. Such an attack by a County employee does expose the County to a degree legal liability although his actions were far beyond the scope of his work duty.  From a legal standpoint, having two staff members on duty 24/7/365 would be in the best legal interest of Pulaski County simply to prevent any such incidents in the future.

A second point is that having one jail staff member on duty to care for thirty or more inmates at all times is impossible. When you look at all of the duties the jail staff member must perform each shift the only conclusion you can reach is that the jail staff member cannot adequately do his job. The jail staff member must spend about 80% of his time each shift supervising the recreation time of the inmates. These recreation times must be split up into several shifts due to the total number of inmates, presence of female inmates and the special needs prisoners such as accused child molesters whom we segregate from the regular inmates. But the same jail staff member is also needed up front in the booking office about 80% of each shift to answer questions, complete paperwork, release prisoners to other authority, book in new inmates, count meals delivered, pass out medications, and so forth. The one person on duty cannot do all of these jobs and the rest of his duties each shift. The jail staff is in a position of always rushing to complete a job and when they rush they make mistakes or overlook important details.

In addition having one person per shift poses serious questions of officer safety and inmate safety. Each trip to the back of the jail exposes the single jail staff member to 30 plus inmates. There is a chance he could be assaulted and overpowered at any time. Much of the time the jail staff members only back up is the single dispatcher on duty who monitors the radio and jail cameras. The dispatcher is usually very busy and may or may not detect the attack on the jailor. In the case of an attack the chances of a successful escape are very high due to the inadequate security construction of the jail. The chance of a Deputy working in the office doing reports at the time of an attempted escape would be a matter of pure luck.

If the jail staff member allows the inmates out on recreation time and is then called up front the inmates are on their own. The chance of fights between inmates always exists and we would have failed to protect the inmate. In addition to the possible cost of legal liability issues for Pulaski County over such a fight the fact that the fight occurred in our jail means that we would have to pay all medical costs in these cases.

In the event of a medical emergency the lone staff member should be in the jail rendering first aid and taking other emergency measures.  But he must also be up front guarding the door as the situation unfolds and taking other actions to speed the work of the medical people who respond and to insure the other inmates do not escape. The lone jail staff member cannot depend on having a Deputy close by to assist.

Pulaski County is in the legal position of being required to care for the inmates ordered to our jail by judicial authority. This is not a choice on our part but our legal duty. Failure to do an adequate job will subject us to Federal lawsuits. With only one person on duty it is only a matter of time before we lose such a lawsuit because the adequate care was not given. The cost of a lost lawsuit will be far greater than the cost of hiring more jail staff members.

With only five jail staff members assigned to the jail at this time they must work a 24/7/365 year. If any member of the staff drops out for more than the regular two days off then we must work other staff members above eight hours per day. This applies if the staff member is sick, quits, has an accident, uses a holiday, or any other reason including if the jailor is sent to a training class to learn how to do a better job in the jail. Every time this work absence occurs we add more comp time to the future financial liability facing Pulaski County. The financial payments required to satisfy the comp time are not part of the County budget and they will add more stress to the budget. With only five people available to work we cannot cut down the comp time with careful work scheduling because every time we try somebody else must work overtime. For that matter the routine business practice of allowing the employee to take his accumulated holiday and vacation time also requires us to work the other jail staff member’s overtime.

Another major shortfall in the jail is the position of jail administrator. I have asked for the money to hire a full time professional corrections trained person in both the 2005 and 2006 budget. That item was not approved in both years. In 2006 the budget items assigned to the jail cost us $691,411.00.  That does not include the cost of inmate transportation between the three other jails we use to house prisoners and our court. The current jail operation has grown to the point where a professional is required to oversee the operation. We are missing out on many ways to streamline our operation, cut costs, recover cost from inmates, and a host of other options that a professional full time administrator could pursue. By adding a full time professional jail administrator we should be able to save or recover enough funds to pay for his salary. A professional administrator would also be in a position to seek additional solutions that would further reduce our legal risks when it comes to lawsuits filed by inmates. The bottom line is that the operation of a jail requires a professional who has been trained in that field.

The jail solution requires that we hire one full time jail administrator and a minimum of five more jail staff members. The bottom line is that this will be a lot of money but we are way behind our legal requirements in the jail and only the addition of real money to the jail budget will allow us to do our required duty and to reduce the chance that successful lawsuits will be filed. For comparison purposes the 2006 jail budget for Laclede County was $688,787.00 and Phelps County was $1,138,283.00.

The next division will be dispatch. From the start we need to be clear that dispatch covers far more work responsibility then just the act of dispatching officers on the radio. Dispatch is responsible for many jobs including answering and directing all telephone calls made to the Sheriff’s Office. They take cash bonds for the circuit court, handle the entry of all court required paperwork into the MULES system, and they recheck to make sure that paperwork is still valid at specified time frames. They are the only backups for the single jail staff member on duty. They monitor the jail cameras and they greet all visitors at the front door. As an example on Jan.6, 2007, the dispatch people on duty from 8am to midnight had to deal with 31 visitors at the window and answer 111 telephone calls. As part of the 2006 budget I had the TAC officer for the MULES department write a position paper on the work related to radio and MULES dispatch. I have again included that report with this budget just for your general information.

Dispatch must also operate 24/7/365 with only five people. But in this case it is even worse because the requirements of the MULES system are such that we have fallen behind on the validations since the turnover from the old 911 systems took place in 2004. Accordingly I have had to remove one dispatch position and turn it into a full time MULES paperwork and validation officer. Thus dispatch operates with only four people and they cannot cover every shift of the week. At this time we are using additional part time people to cover the fifth slot for dispatch. We could shift the dispatch function to the 911 Communication Center but the only free work here is that of radio dispatch. There would be an additional fee for the MULES paperwork.  In addition we would still need someone to answer our telephone and greet visitors. The Sheriff’s Office must stay open due to a host of factors including the court ordered exchange of children in front of the Sheriff’s Office in those cases where custody issues have arisen.

The same work time and comp time limits that applied to the jail staff also apply to dispatch. If anyone is off more than two days then we incur additional comp time costs or we must pay someone to cover the position. We have had considerable difficulty and have run up additional costs because all dispatchers must be MULES trained before they can begin to work. Since the training takes time other people must cover the shifts. The Circuit Court conversion to the new criminal reporting system in 2007 will also change the way we are required to run checks and our dispatchers will have to spend more time on the internet to satisfy criminal inquires. The increasing numbers of cases that are called into the Sheriff’s Office also impact dispatch. On many Friday and Saturday nights we should have two dispatchers on duty to handle the workload on the four to midnight shift. One person in dispatch cannot keep up with the demand for services. The bottom line here is that we should hire at least three more dispatchers to allow this department to run smoothly.

The next division is Administration. The Sheriff’s Office receives a number of financial fees, paid to the Sheriff that must be receipted and turned over to the County Treasurer. This office checks on the cost accounting for all bills, the jail, and a host of other items. They log and track all civil process and criminal process court paperwork. They track the department training records and requirements. There are two people in this office and that would be adequate to run the office if they could stay in the office. But since both people in this office are female POST certified Deputies we are forced to use them to transport, guard, and otherwise be occupied with work related to our inmates. The additional jail people proposed in this report would free them to do their jobs. I should mention that while these two employees are POST certified they have always worked as clerical staff. They do not respond to calls.

The main problem area in Administration is that of the civil process service. We have one full time Deputy assigned to civil process service. He is available for a total of 2,223 hours per year for work without comp time. (FLSA rules for officers limit them to 171 max hours without comp in each of 13 pay periods of 28 days each per year. This rule allows an officer to work a total of 2,223 hours per year without an overtime payback requirement.) But in 2005 he had over 5,500 civil papers to be served. One person cannot do this job alone. In the 2006 budget I asked for a second process server to be added to our budget. This request was not granted. For the 2007 budget I propose to add additional officers and one of them would be assigned to civil process service.

The last area to be covered is the road Deputy or Patrol Division. There are ten and a half officers assigned to this division. Two fulltime detectives, one part time detective/evidence officer, one process server, and three Command staff members for a total of 17.5 Deputies who could answer a call for service or respond to an emergency also assist them. In 2004 the department recorded 3,900 some calls for service. In 2005 it was 5, 114 and in 2006 it was 7,212 calls. Consider the fact that all of the calls and demand for services are spread over three shifts of eight hours each day. Unfortunately, not all calls are over at the end of the shift and they may require additional investigative measures.

Bluntly stated that means that each of the 10.5 officers must respond to many hundreds of calls each year. Many of these calls result in a demand for a follow up investigation that could take a few minutes, a few hours, or a few days to complete. The officers do not always have the time to follow up on the complex cases so we removed one road officer position and turned it into a full time detective in September of 2005 to handle those incidents. By the fall of 2006 the detective was completely over his maximum of 480 accumulated comp hours and we had to ground him from work. We have a very active reserve detective force that worked over 960 hours last year and despite their efforts additional help was still needed.  We removed a second road officer position and added a second detective in November of 2006.  Our objective here was to shift the complex follow up on serious cases from the road officer to the detective. Our hope was this action would free up the road officers time wise to respond to more calls and to enable us to solve more complex crimes via the detective. At this time it is to early to tell if the addition of the second full time detective will allow us to keep up with the case demand.

The main reasons we are having any luck keeping up with the demand for police service right now is two fold. First the full time officers are working massive amounts of over time and again somewhere down the road that becomes part of the strain on the county budget. The second reason is the free service of a corps of volunteer Deputies who work because they want to do the job. Free is free, but you cannot depend on the volunteers to cover the exact shifts you need covered because they also have a personal life and a job they must take into consideration.

The National Sheriff’s Association believes that you need a force of 1.5 Deputies per each 1,000-population base in your county to be effective. According to the new 2006 Waynesville/St. Robert/Ft. Wood Chamber of Commerce Demographic Profile we have a total of 51,579 people in Pulaski County. Thus we would need at least 77 Deputies to work Pulaski County to meet that standard. However I believe that 77 total officers would be overkill in manpower.

We do however need between 6-10 new road officers to add to our roster if we are to adequately respond to and adequately investigate the crimes committed against the citizens of Pulaski County. Our county has exploded with growth and the “good old days” of having two officers on duty per shift to handle the workload are long gone.

In addition the issue of cars for the department needs to be considered. In the past two budget years the County has not supplied one cent to purchase cars for the department. I must rely on the civil fee fund to purchase those cars. This is a problem because the civil fee funds are limited and I also need these same funds for many other items that the department needs. For this budget year I am asking for a total of ten used Missouri State Highway Patrol cars at $13,000.00 each. Four of these cars are replacements for the current fleet and six cars for the new officers.


The Office of the Pulaski County Sheriff has been neglected at budget time for far to many years. The past has caught up with the current growth and the Sheriff’s Office is in serious trouble. In order to do our job to adequately protect the citizens of Pulaski County we need a major budget increase.

In 2005 the department lost close to thirty people in all areas. Part of that loss would be expected with the arrival of new Command leadership. But much of the loss was directly related to the salary and benefits the employees receive. As we go into the 2007 budget year I must ask for a massive raise across the board for all employees. If we do not get that increase my fear is that some of our best people will depart for greener pastures. Their loss will be a loss for Pulaski County.  We cannot continue to lose our key employees and prosper as a department. At this time our supervisors work for the same pay as the people they supervise. There is no pay differential between ranks, no reason for someone to strive for a promotion. This violates all of the Command leadership and business practices I have ever studied.

The employees of the Sheriff’s Office are well aware that the average salary for the road and bridge employees is well above that of our department. In the 2006 budget the average for us was $21,768.47 and the average for Road & Bridge was $26,907.89. This is a $5,139.42 yearly offset. The employees of the Sheriff’s Office must have a serious pay increase this year and I have proposed a $1.00 per hour across the board raise for all Sheriff’s Department employees.

 As members of the Pulaski County Commission, you hold the future of Pulaski County law enforcement efforts in your hands. The budgeted amount of money that you can pass on to the Sheriff’s Office will determine if we are to have a successful 2007 crime fighting year or if we shall continue to be the short staffed, under equipped Sheriff’s Department that has existed for many years. Our situation took years to develop and a reasonable man looking at this situation would conclude that more than one year will be needed to correct the absence of funds from the past. But we must take major steps this year to solve our problems.

As we look to the future, the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office must grow in order to meet the needs of the citizens of Pulaski County.

Sheriff J. B. King

Sneak Peek Sheriff's View / Sheriff's Department Dispatch
« on: June 17, 2007, 08:40:50 PM »

                                             Sheriff’s Department Dispatch

The removal of the dispatch function from the Office of the Pulaski County Sheriff would be a critical mistake. It is simply not feasible for a wide variety of reasons. The operational side of the Sheriff’s Office is similar to a triangle. The three legs are, dispatch, jail, and road. Remove one and the other two will collapse. The effects of the dispatch removal would also hinder a wide variety of other courthouse functions. The cost savings from moving dispatch would not be worth the risks. In 2006, the dispatch function cost us $97,023.00. I believe that when you add up the cost associated with the removal of dispatch, the move will not be cost effective or work effective when viewed from the totality of the circumstances that would apply to this move.

The removal of dispatch would mean the loss of the employees who answer all telephone calls. Many of these calls are for other departments in the courthouse. It would mean the loss of the employees who greet the public visiting the courthouse on business. It would mean that I would have to move the two administrative staff people from their office to the front window from 8-5 to answer the calls and greet people. The volume of work at the front window would have a serious effect on the jobs these two employees complete. They track all civil and criminal process issued by the circuit court. They review all bills for accuracy before they are submitted for payment. They collect all monies paid to the Sheriff and turn them over to the Pulaski County Treasurer. They track the department’s police training records and process citizen applications for the purchase of concealable firearms and CCW permits. In short their work is tied to the Pulaski County Circuit Court and they must work normal courthouse hours. They do not have the time to sit at the front desk and take calls or greet visitors. We cannot afford to have their assigned jobs lose efficiency because of the forced addition of more duties.

The removal of dispatch would mean that after 5:00pm the one jail staff member on duty would be completely alone without any form of backup. This is a risk in the area of jail security that could have very serious consequences. We would be placing the jailor in harms way without adequate safety measures to prevent serious injury or death. At this time the inmates are well aware that the dispatcher on duty knows when the jailor is in the back and monitors his movements on the jail camera system. Any escape attempt would risk failure because the dispatcher would sound an immediate alarm. Time in an escape attempt would be critical for the inmates; they would have to move fast to prevent the dispatch alarm. Removal of the dispatcher would change everything and make an escape attempt much more likely to have success. It would also greatly increase the chance that such an escape would be attempted. At this time we immediately move any inmate we suspect might pose an escape risk to the Phelps County jail. But we cannot read their minds and someday we will miss the one inmate who does have such a plan. As I stated in my written budget report the jail has an inadequate security construction and we need to cover every weakness we can find.

Bonding procedures for inmates would become more complex. A bondsman would have to make telephone contact with the jail and set up an appointment. If the jailor were in the jail area and not up front, bondsmen, food service delivery, and others would have to wait outside the building until he could come back up front. In a medical emergency a lot of time would be wasted as the jailer locks and unlocks door to get the medics into and out of the building several times for each emergency. We would have the expense of a new communication system from the front of the building to the jail office. The normal court ordered child exchange between parents with custody issues that takes place in front of the Sheriff’s Office for security reasons would lose the security feature. Before an inmate could be released the jailor would have to call the 911 Center for a wanted check to comply with current state law.

As part of our security routine for the jail the dispatchers check all persons who wish to enter the jail area for any reason against the warrant database prior to their entry into the foyer of the Sheriff’s Office. Since all but one of our dispatchers is female and all of our jail staff is male, they also assist by searching and dressing out newly arrived female inmates before they are placed in a jail cell. We have on occasion in the past used our female dispatchers as a ride along assistant with a male jail staff member who is transporting a female inmate to another jail or hospital. At this time we only have two full time female officers available for duty so the loss of the female dispatchers for assistance in the jail will be critical.

Normal visitation for the inmates on Sunday would require two officers to be present for the day because of the security risk and the smuggling of contraband risk. This would add an extra officer salary to be used up every Sunday. (About $4,200.00 per year) As already stated we do not let anyone into the building who wants to visit the jail or an inmate without a security check first.

The security of the Pulaski County Circuit Court would also be lowered. After 5:00pm there would be no one to monitor the courtroom alarms or the courtroom cameras. The courtroom staff would have to call 911 for help. It is not unusual for the Pulaski County Circuit Court to continue well into the evening hours for many trials. The alarms and cameras are in the dispatch area.

Public access to the courthouse would also end at 5:00pm. Besides the many people who try to do business with the Sheriff’s Office after 5:00pm we get a lot of people who are trying to contact the Waynesville City Police because their station is also closed. We have people show up at the front door with an emergency situation and they will not be happy to find the door locked. There are also a number of classes, including court ordered classes that are conducted in the courthouse after 5:00pm. However these classes should not be a big problem because the janitorial staff or someone from the County Clerk’s office could stay in the building after hours on those specific nights to allow people entry to the building. I should also note that we are the only department of Pulaski County government to stay open at the courthouse after 5:00pm. If a citizen needs to contact any other Pulaski County department or has a question, we usually take the first call and give them a referral number.

We normally have between 75 to 100 calls each night of a general business type. There would be nobody to answer those calls. The normal operation of the road function requires a lot of follow up contact between victims, suspects, and officers. Without dispatch to assist in the arraignments the time and cost factor of follow up contact will also increase. A single officer interviewing a suspect at this time at the Sheriff’s Office has the dispatcher as a person who can sound the alarm if something bad happens. Our detective division would suffer because they use dispatch to make many searches and data checks in an attempt to acquire background and other information on suspects and to assist in building a case for a search or arrest warrant. Our current staff of dispatchers have a good deal of past knowledge of information on the residence locations and people that we frequently deal with. They are able to immediately warn officers of dangerous offenders as part of their normal routine before they even make a computer check.

The loss of the MULES terminal would also have a price. The 911 Center will not do the MULES work for free. They will charge. I spoke to Michelle Graves on Friday after the Commission meeting that she attended. She recalled the old charge for MULES service as $42,000.00. But she was not positive and said she would have to check the price. Since those days there has been an explosion in the field of orders of protection so any such MULES charge would probably be higher now. 

There would be other costs. The many thousands of criminal histories and other background checks that are needed for routine business could be done by telephone but the paper copy would have to be picked up at the 911 Center. This would mean a lot of trips. For example the two administrative employees would probably make several trips each day as the court paperwork moved back and forth between the offices. If an officer was in the station writing a statement of probable cause for a criminal charge and needed such a document he would have to stop his report, drive to the 911 Center, sign for the document and then return to the office to resume his report. Under the current system all he has to do is walk 30 feet and pick up the document. Criminal history information from NCIC is protected information. It cannot be broadcast over the air; the papers must be signed for in person, and entered onto a log sheet, before the information will be released to the person requesting the information. Any violations of this procedure are both a criminal and civil violation.

The same rules would apply to the Prosecutors office, the Juvenile office, and anyone else who needed such reports. So instead of taking the elevator to the Sheriff’s Office they would also drive to the 911 Center. These trips would represent a total waste of taxpayer money and employee time. We as a County employer would be obligated to furnish employees with a company car for the trip or the repayment of mileage. This would mean more expense to our County budget. The loss of productive county employee time traveling to the 911 Center, waiting for someone to assist them, and then returning to the courthouse would be tremendous and each employee hour lost carries an expense cost. I have no way to predict the expense for this loss of time.

While it is only 0.90 miles to the 911 Center from the Courthouse it will require a 1.8 mile round trip.  During the course of a full year this would add up to additional expense in gasoline or mileage. I have no way to predict the expense on this issue.

I have not addressed the technical aspects of such a move, transferring MULES files, adding or removing radios, phone lines and so forth. The 911 Center would have to hire and train more people to handle our traffic. The addition of our workload onto the 911 Center will cause them problems.

As the elected Sheriff of Pulaski County I believe that the total Sheriff’s Office operation depends on my ability to retain the dispatch function at my office under my control. The loss of dispatch would be a disaster for us.

Sheriff J. B. King

Sneak Peek Sheriff's View / Letter to Editor-Daily Guide- Sheriff
« on: May 10, 2007, 12:49:39 AM »
Sheriff’s woes caused by GOP policy?

"Dear editor,

I would like to make some comments on the installment of “The Sheriff’s View” that was published in the Daily Guide on April 18.

First, I appreciate the fact that Sheriff (JB) King returned my telephone call and I enjoyed our conversation.

If Sheriff King has made no other point in “The Sheriff’s View,” he has made the point that the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department is under-resourced. I would like the law enforcement agencies in Pulaski County (and all of the cities in Pulaski County) to be resourced in the proper manner. I would also like the law enforcement personnel in Pulaski County to be as professional as possible in their appearance and performance. I think that Sheriff King and I agree on these points.

It costs money for city or county governments to sustain good law enforcement. In addition to providing for equipment and training, a law enforcement agency should provide a competitive pay and benefits package. A law enforcement agency that fails to do so can expect to suffer from high turnover. I think that Sheriff King and I agree on these points.

I think that it is a government’s responsibility to provide for law enforcement. I don’t think that law enforcement agencies should accept contributions or do fund-raisers to pay for equipment; there is too much potential for conflict of interest and/or quid pro quo situations. We must ensure that individuals or organizations that contribute or hold fund-raisers for law enforcement are not allowed to exercise unfair influence over our law enforcement agencies.

I think Sheriff King has to accept some facts. Sheriff King is a Republican. Republicans support small government, low taxes and low wages. Republicans fight tax and wage increases as if they were a matter of life and death. Low taxes are a good sales point for Republicans at election time. The downside of low taxes is under-resourced government agencies with high turnover, such as the PCSD. Sheriff King is dealing with the downside of low taxes.

As a result, Sheriff King — a Republican — is asking for “increased numbers of employees, higher salary for all, better employee benefit packages and so forth…” For the record, I wonder whether or not Sheriff King supported a raise in the minimum wage. I tried to explain to Sheriff King that the Republicans’ philosophy of government — his philosophy of government — is a principal cause of his problem. Sheriff King and I disagree on these points. During our telephone conversation, Sheriff King was unable — no, let us say unwilling — to accept my argument.

We can’t have it both ways — and neither can Sheriff King. If Sheriff King is a Republican and Republicans believe in small government, low taxes and low wages, then I respectfully suggest that Sheriff King stop complaining and make the best of his budget.

I am told, however, that Sheriff King supports a law enforcement tax to be added to the sales tax — a tax increase for the citizens of Pulaski County. I guess the rules changed when Sheriff King began to suffer from the policies he has believed in for most of his life. Hopefully, Sheriff King’s conservative brethren won’t start calling him a “tax and spend Republican.”

As far as tax revenues go, we can increase tax revenues if everyone pays his or her fair share. I say that when law enforcement officers escort employees of businesses to make deposits, the appropriate law enforcement agency should be reimbursed. When contractors hook up to a sewer line, they should pay the same rate as homeowners if they are not doing so. If we are doing so, we should stop bribing businesses to come into the county by way of tax breaks.

Once again, I appreciate the fact that Sheriff King returned my telephone call and I enjoyed our conversation.

Had enough? Vote Democrat.

Carl A. Grandberry

St. Robert"

                 I thought I would post this and let the fur fly.

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