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 “The Sheriff’s View” (#133)

If I tried really hard I could probably tell you the exact date and time it began, as last week ended a five month long State audit for all Pulaski County offices, including the Sheriff’s Department. I must admit that the Auditors were very thorough in their duties and left no stones unturned, but the process was time consuming and tedious. Every county in Missouri is audited by the State every four years and this just happened to be our turn.

Very few people are familiar with the duties of a sheriff’s department when it comes to finances and reporting of monies and assets. Along with being accountable to your County Commissioners, Clerk’s Office and County Treasurer, this agency obtains numerous Federal and State grants that require monthly and annual reports. If these are not done satisfactorily, grant monies can be completely cut off, leaving this agency in financial strife.

After my final briefing with the State auditors, it appears that the audit of the Sheriff’s Department went pretty well. There are a few areas that we will be fine-tuning, but the individuals responsible for financial accountability in this agency are doing their jobs very well. The last topic is something that all office holders like to hear: all monies are accounted for!

Here we go with the topic about illegal drugs again; it is one that local law enforcement agencies have been addressing constantly, but the insanity continues. Last week was somewhat exciting for this agency but overshadowed with the gloom and tragedies from the consequences of heroin usage. As many of you know, the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department began carrying Narcan in patrol cars two weeks ago and began last week with a successful Narcan save of a heroin overdose patient, which validated the decision to carry this life-saving drug. What followed was a continued downward spiral of suspected heroin overdoses that left two people dead, several critically injured and numerous others recovering from their near death experiences. Upon monitoring emergency calls for service and speaking with deputies, at least one dozen heroin overdoses were responded to- in cities and rural areas throughout Pulaski County, in just a matter of days.

It boggles my mind to see so many people actively involved with using this demonic substance (heroin), knowing that substantial health risks, or death, follows. On many occasions people ask me how the “War Against Drugs” is going. It would take writing a book to completely answer that question but honestly, law enforcement is losing the battle. Please understand that we have not abandoned the war and have been fighting fiercer than ever. The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department has logged over 1,000 drug arrests over the past 30 months, with other area agencies joining suit. Let me conclude by stating that drug addiction is an individual, family, community and societal problem, in which ALL OF US need to engage in the fight to save lives.

Crime statistics are reviewed monthly by your Sheriff, looking for trends and ways to better protect this community. Last month it was noticed that the number of thefts were elevated above the norm, which resulted from a couple of criminals who were entering unlocked cars and stealing items of value, ranging from women’s purses to firearms. These are opportunity thefts, which can be easily deterred by locking your vehicle. One simple tip, if you have a valuable in your vehicle ALWAYS keep the doors locked, and take them into your home upon arriving there.

On a parting note, the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department is always taking applications, especially for the position of Jailer. If interested, you can download an application from our web-site and drop it off at the Sheriff’s Department, 24/7.

This concludes another week’s summary as your Pulaski County sheriff, and I hope to see you here again next week. For more information about the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department and other related items of interest, please visit our website (, or on Facebook.

As always, stay safe and do something positive for your community.
 Sheriff Ronald Long