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News and happenings from the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office..

atod-float-parade-WR16December 2013- The Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office and ATOD Coalition of Lawrence County participated in the Walnut Ridge Christmas Parade on December 3, 2013 with ATOD members ,Sheriff Jody Dotson and his wife Karla riding on the float and passing out candy to parade onlookers.

The ATOD/LCSO float took home 3rd place in the Walnut Ridge Christmas Parade.









IMG_3835November 20, 2013- The Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office is announcing the LCSO Treasure Hunt. The return of unclaimed bond money that is held by the Sheriff’s Office and will be returned to the rightful owner. The list of names will be available on local news site Imboden Live and The Times Dispatch newspaper each week.
Those listed are entitled to get 90 percent of the bond returned and the money may only be claimed by the named person,. The bonder will need to present a photo ID.
Please stay tuned for weekly releases by the Sheriff’s Office for more names.
Contact Debbie Burton with the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office
Between the hours of 8:00 am -4:00 pm, Monday – Friday only.





Drug Take Back Day- October 26th 2013 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Drop boxes will be located at the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office, Lawrence County Imboden Substation and Strawberry Community Center. The Walnut Ridge Police Department is also participating in this event and serving as a state partner with the Arkansas Department of Health. All types of medication accepted No questions asked.


October 2013- On Wednesday, Deputies from the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office  visited the Lawrence County Cooperative School in Portia to begin Red Ribbon  Week. Ribbons were delivered by ATOD Coordinator Debbie Burton earlier to all  schools in Lawrence County to be worn in observance of Red Ribbon Week, October  23rd through October 31st.
In addition to a program on drug awareness, school officials  requested a program on bullying. K9 Officer Kyle Craig spent time with the adult  students explaining the dangers of both drug use and bullying. The students were  very receptive and responded with lots of questions and comments.
 Also while on the campus, teachers with the younger students ask  Officer Craig if he’d take the time to show the children patrol cars. Officer  Craig took the time to show the children a patrol car and his K9 unit, including  lights and sirens.
 Officers will visit all the Lawrence County schools during Red  Ribbon Week. For more information on the Lawrence County ATOD visit www.lawrencecountyarkansas.com/atod-coalition-of-lawrence-county

September 4, 2013- Governor Mike Beebe recently  appointed Lawrence County Sheriff , Jody Dotson to the Emergency Medical Services Advisory Council. Dotson was nominated  by the Arkansas Sheriff’s Association and will serve on the council until July of 2016.Tuesday , September 3, 2013  Sheriff Jody Dotson was sworn in by District Judge Jason Marshall in Walnut Ridge. Governor Beebe stated  that he appreciated Dotson’s  “willingness to serve the public” and that he counted on his “wise counsel and advice” in helping to build a better future for all Arkansans.

Battle of the Badges: Law Enforcement vs. Fire Department
Walnut Ridge Community Blood Drive
Monday, July 29th, 2013
1:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Lawrence County Library- Community Room
115 West Walnut, Walnut Ridge, AR
Sponsored by Lawrence Memorial Hospital
American Red Cross- redcrossblood.org

308 lbs
Saturday April 27th- the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office and the ATOD Coalition of Lawrence County
partnered again for the 6th DEA National Rx Take Back Initiative. Take back sites where held at the
Sheriff’s Office in Walnut Ridge, the Imboden Substation and at the Strawberry Community Center.
Sheriff’s Deputies and ATOD members worked the take back sites. Even with the rainy weather each site
reported a good turnout. The Sheriff’s Office also has a permanent Rx drug drop box. Between the take
back event and the drop box 308 pounds of old medicine was collected for proper disposal with the
DEA. Not only was old Rx medicine turned in but also OTC medicines as well. I would like to thank
everyone who participated in this event. This is a record amount for the Rx take back here in Lawrence
County. Lawrence County has taken part in every take back event since it was started. Again thank you
to everyone who took time to make Lawrence County a safer place to live.

April 2nd, 2013- FREE Parenting Life Skills Class Sponsored by ATOD Coalition: CLICK HERE to download the flyer!


LCSO 2011 News

12-27-2011- The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) is pleased to announce its newest NCMEC 9-1-1 Call Center Partner! The Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office (Walnut Ridge, AR) has completed the required steps to become a NCMEC 9-1-1 Call Center Partner, demonstrating their commitment to protecting children. Through training and adoption of best practices …

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LCSO 2012 News

November 28th 2012-Shortly before the Thanksgiving break, students at the Pocahontas Middle School were given the opportunity to see the effects of driving under the influence. Sheriff Dotson provided goggles that simulate the effects of drugs and alcohol on the students vision, the students are then allowed to drive the Sheriff’s ATV around an obstacle …

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