I hope everyone has had a good, productive week. Most of my week has been spent working on the budget for next year. Sitting in the office that long is not for me!
While I’m on the topic of budgeting, I’m happy to report that we have done numerous upgrades here in the jail this first year while spending a minimal amount. We have utilized a lot of inmate labor to do much of the maintenance on the inside, such as cleaning, painting, and general upkeep of the jail pods. This has saved the county thousands of dollars. Hopefully, by this time next year, we will complete many upgrades that are seriously needed. As of the last quorum court meeting the jail has turned over $892,669.03 into the county general budget! The total income on housing receipts for the jail is $1,754,622.65, while year-to-date jail expenses were $861,953.62. I project that the total to be returned to the county general to exceed 1 million by the year’s end. I have been and will continue to be very conservative with taxpayers’ money! However, very minimal maintenance has been done on the jail in the last several years. This money is very important to our county and to fund the day-to-day operations of the Sheriff’s Office. I will be providing another total expense for the jail after the first of the year.
We are still working hard to provide those retirement plans and beans and cornbread meal plans for drug dealers!
Next, are the totals for the distracted driver campaign we recently participated in. These campaigns are funded through federal grants and assist in paying deputies overtime at no cost to the county.
Careless and Prohibited Driving – 2 Warnings
Fail to Use Seatbelt – 1 Warning
Driving ATV on Public Highway – 1 citation, 1 warning
Driving on Suspended License – 12 citations, 1 warning
Fail to Display Vehicle Registration – 1 citation, 1 warning
Fail to Present Insurance – 1 citation
Fail to Stop or Yield – 1 citation
Fictitious License Sticker – 2 citations
Fictitious Tags – 2 citations
Harassment – 2 citations
Improper Passing on Right – 1 citation
Inoperable Head Lights – 1 citation
No Child Passenger Restraint – 1 citation
No Driver’s License or Expired – 2 citations
No Liability Insurance – 8 citations
No Seatbelt – 2 citations, 2 warnings
Open Container of Alcohol – 1 citation
Expired Tags – 8 citations, 8 warnings
Passing Authorized Vehicle on Highway – 2 citations, 2 warnings
Passing or Fail to Stop for School Bus – 1 warning
Permitting Unauthorized Person to Drive -1 warning
Possession of Controlled Substance Sched VI – 3 citations
Reckless Driving – 1 citation
Smoking/Use of Tobacco on School Property – 2 citations
Speeding 1-15 MPH Over Limit – 16 citations, 47 warnings
Speeding More than 15 MPH over limit – 15 citations, 23 warnings
Use of Handheld Wireless Device in Work Zone – 1 warning
Use of Wireless Device While Driving – 1 citation
Vehicle Lights/Defective or Improper -1 warning
There was a total of 87 citations and 93 warnings written during this campaign. I want to commend all deputies for their hard work and dedication to keep our highways safe!
Mr. Rucker and his crew worked Monday to get some county property ready for auction. These vehicles were stripped of all law enforcement markings and equipment. Trash pickup was completed on Highway 9 north to the county line. They are working at this time to complete trash pickup from Highway 8-9 junction to Highway 273. They cleaned up around the sign in front of Wal Mart that has the Rotary sign and different clubs represented in Fordyce.
I spoke at the Republican Party of Dallas County meeting at New Hope Church Tuesday night. I gave a quick overview of what we had accomplished at the Sheriff’s Office in the past ten months. Major Mike Foster spoke at the Fordyce High School and introduced a guest speaker that gave a program on human trafficking. I want to let everyone know that we are currently working on a training program on preparing for some active shooter training at our school. I am working closely with Fordyce Police Department, Griffin Hubbell, Fordyce Fire Department, Pro Med Ambulance Service and the ALERT system for preparing in case of an emergency.
Now, moving onto Felony Friday
To view felony Friday click here: Dallas County Arkansas Sheriff Department Felony Friday October 27th 2023
Sheriff Mike Knoedl