Children should always feel safe at school

It will take the support of our community, school districts, and law officers to make it happen.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day (L.E.A.D.!)

IT'S A NEW YEAR - TAKE THE L.E.A.D.! Law Enforcement Appreciation Day On January 9th, 2015, the FBINAA and partnering organizations in support of law enforcement officers nationwide will promote a National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day (L.E.A.D.). In light of recent negativity directed toward law enforcement nationally, there is a need to show law enforcement officers that our citizens recognize the difficult and sometimes impossible career they have chosen, in public service to us all. Can you imagine going to work each day and wondering if you'll survive your shift and see your family that night? Most people can't. But in law enforcement, this is a fact of life. Each day 780,000 police officers across our country put a badge on and go to work knowing they may face extremely dangerous situations. Yet, they go to work anyway. Being a law enforcement officer is not just a job, it is a calling. The pay is low, the hours can be terrible, and there is sometimes little appreciation for what you do. Yet, they do it anyway. What the public doesn't see is the toll law enforcement takes to keep our communities safe. On average, between 105 and 203 officers die in the line of duty each year, 50,000 officers are assaulted in the line of duty each year, 14,000 officers are injured in the line of duty each year, and over 300 officers commit suicide each year. There is no other profession in the world, except possibly the military, where you will find these kinds of statistics. Being a law enforcement officer truly is an impossible job. You must be professional, courteous, caring and yet be ready to protect the public at all times. You must be prepared to make life and death decisions in a moment's notice. You take an amazing amount of abuse at times, but have to view this abuse as just "part of the job." You do not have the liberty to express your emotions during many situations. Law enforcement officers play such an integral part in our society. Without law enforcement officers, chaos would reign. Have you ever thought about what you would do if you were in trouble - a car accident, a home invasion, an assault - and you did not have someone to call for help? No matter how much abuse law enforcement takes, they continue to do their job, and do it well. They are the guardians of our way of life and they deserve our support. On January 9th, we call our nation's citizens to action in support of law enforcement. Those citizens who appreciate law enforcement and are discouraged about the negative attention being given to law enforcement are encouraged take time on Friday, January 9th to show their support. Our citizens can show their support in a number of ways: * Change your profile picture on social media to the image at the beginning of this email * See a police officer? Thank a police officer * Wear blue clothing in support of law enforcement * Send a card of support to your local police department or County / State agency * Share a positive story about a positive law enforcement experience on social media * Ask children in your community to write letters in support of law enforcement * Participate in Project Blue Light and proudly display your blue light in support of law enforcement * Organize an event or a rally in support of your law enforcement officers * Advertise your support through local media outlets/billboards * Post the public service announcement supplied by C.O.P.S. to your law enforcement's webpage or social media pages All of our partnering organizations welcome media outlets to cover this nationwide campaign in support of law enforcement. As a leader from a supporting agency, please make someone available for interviews on the morning of January 9th, 2015. Sara Slone at the National C.O.P.S. office will be given as a contact to set up these interviews at (573) 346-4911. Mike Echols CSA Director, Shelby County Sheriffs Office 205-747-7001

Sunday, June 30, 2013

July Issue of 280 Living

Check out the July issue of 280 Living Magazine. Now that the Shelby County Board of Education and the Shelby County Commission has found money in their budgets and committed other cities and departments financially to a funding plan (with or without a commitment) we need to look at our Plan B. With their plan of using current officers and retired officers as SRO's in schools there is something you need to know. To be certified as an SRO there is more training outside of APOST certification. Check out National Association of School Resource Officers for more detail. The training ranges around $495.00 per officer. At 39 officers that is $19,305.00. Due to legal reason's Sheriff Curry can't use the Pistol Fund to give out the announced $123,000.00 the County Commission assumed he could contribute. I would have figured in the 4+ months it took to come up with a plan they would have asked if he would be able to write that check legally. Lets look at the amount needed now. 29000 students at $123,000.00 would bring the original requested amount per student down to $4.241 Now take the amount needed for training divided by 29000 students and that amount is $0.665 per student. The total needed based off the numbers committed by the County Commission and the Shelby County BOE we need $4.906 per student. That total is $142,294. So now if parents would contribute basically $5.00 per student we could cover the amount needed to wrap this up and secure our children.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Shelby County Commission commits funding for school security with Board of Education

The County Commission has committed several communities within Shelby County to a Financial portion that they most likely can't afford. They also committed the Sheriffs Department to write a check to several cities out of the pistol fund which is usually used for training without the Sheriff's Department having any say so in the matter. You will notice in the story they throw around figures backed up by saying that several entities have not committed at this point. How the County Commission or the Board of Education can moved forward making security commitments without the input of actual law enforcement officials really disturbs me. As parents how would you feel if we let all the educators go and placed law enforcement office in the class rooms to teach with no background in education????? See my point. The phrase is still being used of "law enforcement officers in and around schools" that should be addressed. Either you will ensure they are IN all schools or not, its that simple... We need leaders that understand their limits and actual abilities before they start diving into areas they have no clue about. Or committing funds they are not sure will actually be available....

Franklin County To Provide Their Own School Security Force.

Franklin County To Provide Their Own School Security Force.... Shelby County Board of Education are you watching?????

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Alabama schools get authority to hire security

Alabama schools get authority to hire trained school resource officers... Now will Shelby County Board of Education include this as a top priority in their school security plan as the public wants? Or continue with the remodeling efforts. Once Randy Fuller and or Dr. Lewis Brooks release the plan we shall see...

Monday, May 20, 2013

Interview with Alabama 13

A Chelsea man is behind an effort to have law enforcement officers in Shelby County Schools by the beginning of the new school year.
Mike Echols, father of two children in the school system, says it's not looking like that will happen due to the slow flow of donations to fund each deputies salary....

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Call for Volunteers

We are looking for volunteers to help distribute informational literature on June 1st at the Alabaster CityFest. Please email if you are willing to help.