Sheriff Paul Hays

What are you thankful for? We often forget to be thankful for the things that do not happen, such as the accidents avoided, the injuries that did not occur, the relationships that are still in tact. We may forget to be thankful that we were able to get through the things that did occur. We found new employment when the business closed down or we had insurance to cover the building that burned. This is the time when we should reflect on our lives and that of our loved ones. As we celebrate Thanksgiving this week, please take time to thank God for His blessings. I am thankful to be your Sheriff. I’m very thankful that the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office personnel made it through the year without serious injury. I am thankful that we have been able to truly help many people. I’m thankful that we have had very few deaths from drug overdoses during my time as your Sheriff. I am thankful for the children we encounter and for the elderly who seem to appreciate our efforts on their behalf. I am thankful for my grandchildren, my children, my wonderful wife and my mother in law, who is 97 and still living with us. God has blessed me more than anyone I know and I am eternally thankful for His blessings.

There have been many questions regarding the recent wet-vote in McKee. I have concerns for the unknown issues that will likely arise, but we will continue to enforce the law. It will still be illegal to be drunk or high in a public place. There will be limitations on who can sell alcohol and their will be licenses to allow the sale. There will hopefully be limitations on how late these facilities can be open and the owners will do their part to keep down problems. Time will tell the story.

Warrants are issued electronically today. Unlike the past, when paper warrants had to be maintained and sorted through to find the one to serve, today our dispatch can find warrants quickly during a traffic stop. It is much easier to serve warrants today. Our officers run checks on nearly everyone they stop, and they are required to serve the warrants when the accused is located. If you have a warrant against you, the best way to address this problem is contact our office and turn yourself in. We always note your voluntary surrender when you turn yourself in and the Judge takes that information into consideration of bonds, fines, etc.

Christmas is coming and we are beginning to receive help from the citizens for our Stuff the Cruiser initiative. We will likely have around one hundred children who may not get anything for Christmas unless we help them. Bring your donations to the Sheriff’s Office as soon as possible. We will wrap them and see they get to the children who need them most. It is the season of giving, so help us out. God will bless you for it!

Last week the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office responded to seventy-eight calls for service. We opened three criminal cases, investigated four traffic accidents and arrested four individuals on various criminal offenses. Our hope for the Thanksgiving week is everyone will have a great time with friends and family with safe travel to and from their destination. God Bless!

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