We’ve been really busy, and there has been a lot going on, as usual! If you haven’t heard, we have started an Autism registry. This is to help keep children with autism safe in their community. The Grady County Sheriff’s Office will have registration forms available at the Sheriff’s Office at 302 North 3rd Street in Chickasha. Parents and/or caregivers may pick up the registration forms at the Sheriff’s Office and turn them back in to the Sheriff’s Office. I also suggest parents make a copy of the registration to keep for themselves. Autism Safety Oklahoma is working to build a national database, at this time, there isn’t one. If you have a child with Autism, even in very mild form, I would urge you to pick up a registration packet from the Grady County Sheriff’s Office.
We attended the Cowboy Camp recently. If you haven’t been to one of the events or visited with Ms. Jackson about the vast history of the Verden separate school you are missing out! We always enjoy listening to her tell us about the past and learning more about history. If you get a chance, go visit the school and look around.
We were also invited to the Kids Day, end of year celebration at Bridge Creek school. There were lots of activities and we were able to give out ink pens and making good choices books. We attended the Chickasha Open Streets event, bringing our vehicles for the children to “touch a truck”. They were able to play with the lights and sirens and received Jr Deputy badges.
Another event we were honored to attend and help out with was the Special Olympics kick off walk along with Craig’s walk. This is an awesome event that takes place each here under the leadership of Stewart and Beth Ann Meyer.
We had a K-9 fundraiser at A&E Grill in Chickasha. A&E generously donated 15% of every meal to the Sheriff’s Office and the total ended up being almost $250. Aaron and Robin, the owners of A&E rounded the total up to $250. and matched the donation for a total of $500. While we were there the night of the fundraiser, we had several people stop by our table, say “thank you” and write a donation check straight to the Sheriff’s Office. We ended up with $350 in those donations, for a total of $850. We want to thank everyone who stopped by the office and donated, mailed in a donation, came to eat that night and helped us make the fundraiser a success. We really do appreciate you all!
Once again I want to remind everyone we are aware of the scamming and spoofing calls that are going on in our county. Remember to not give out any personal information, just hang up. We do realize and understand it is frustrating; we have gotten these calls ourselves. Spoofing is a trick used by telemarketers to get around the National Do Not Call registry and get you to answer the phone, when you normally wouldn’t. You can call the FCC to report this, 1-888-CALL-FCC (225-5322). If they tell you they are the IRS, hang up and contact the IRS directly. If they tell you they have a warrant and are coming for you, hang up and call the Sheriff’s Office. The most important thing I can stress is to never give out your personal information.
In my continuing efforts to keep our county as safe as possible for our citizens and our law enforcement officers, I have entered into another Mutual Aid/Interlocal agreement with the Dibble Police Department. At this time the only Dibble police officer cross commissioned through my office is their Chief of Police Bryan Murrell. I know Chief Murrell personally as he was a Grady County Deputy back in 2006, when I first started as a reserve here in Grady County. Having worked side by side with him on many calls and cases, I know he is a very capable and knowledgeable law enforcement officer. Dibble being located on the far East border of Grady County it will greatly enhance our response times in that part of the county for emergency calls. These agreements have been entered into with several of our local municipalities and have already been proven very effective.
As always, if you have questions or concerns, feel free to contact me at the Office, 405-222-5085 or come by, 302 North 3rd Street in Chickasha. I look forward to hearing from you.