From the Desk – February 17, 2016

Citizens of Allen County,

As the Sheriff of Allen County, my office put together a plan that was created this past year to use internet based social media to communicate public safety information and operational services information to our citizens efficiently, effectively and in a timely manner. We have tried to increase public access of this agency to the citizens we serve, where appropriate. Many citizens follow the Allen County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page for up to date information on the efforts of the agency. We want to thank you for your support.

For the inaugural column, two weeks ago, I focused collectively on the men and women who make up this agency. It is now time to review a few of the accomplishments from 2015 which impact the citizens I serve. Many of these acts were subtly completed without fanfare and media
coverage for the sole purpose of offering additional services to this community.

In August, with the assistance of Advantage Computers, the Sheriff’s Office was able to enhance the camera system at the Child Advocacy Center located at Hope Unlimited. The upgrade included the ability to digitally record forensic interviews of child victims which does a couple of things. First, it allows investigators to complete interviews locally without being forced to drive to various other locations outside of the county. Second, it allows for individuals to not be re-victimized by having to respond to questioning during open court of the trial phase. I am most proud of the fact this was completed at no cost to the taxpayers of Allen County.

Following the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) Drug Take Back in March, the Sheriff’s Office was notified this important program would no longer be supported by federal funding. Under my leadership, members of this agency along with collaboration from ACMAT, were able to secure a method of proper disposal of outdated or unused prescription drugs. The Prescription Drug Dropbox was installed in May and can be found in the lobby of the Allen County Sheriff’s Office
located at 1 N. Washington in Iola. Items can be placed without fear of law enforcement interference.

The county is well aware of the increase of violent attacks across out nation, many of these incidents have occurred in educational facilities. The Allen County Sheriff’s Office first introduced the concept of ALICE within the county to the faculty and staff of Marmaton Valley Schools. Since ALICE was first introduced, the Sheriff’s Office has been actively training and instructing the following entities, all county employees, employees of Allen Community College, Iola High School staff, Iola Middle School students and staff, and Iola Attendance Centers staff. Ongoing efforts to educate members of the community will continue. Prior to an agreed upon training session for the Humboldt Schools, district officials proceeded with obtaining ALICE certification to instruct. While I am extremely pleased with what we have done in the area schools, it is now time to begin spreading the ALICE concept to other aspects of our community.

Please join us for our next public ALICE training on February 18th starting at 6:00pm located in the Lecture Hall of the Allen Community College. Please register by calling 620-365-1400.

I would like to thank the citizens for making Allen County what it is and enabling the Sheriff’s Office to make a difference in our community.

Stay safe,

Sheriff Bryan J. Murphy