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Benton FOP Formally Endorses Bruce Pennington for Sheriff

Benton FOP Formally Endorses Bruce Pennington for Sheriff
May 18, 2012
   Members of the Benton Lodge of the Fraternal Order of Police would like to announce they are formally endorsing Bruce Pennington for Sheriff of Saline County.  
   We agree that the working relationship between law enforcement agencies in the county are the best they have been in recent memory.  This is due in part to the efforts Sheriff Pennington has made in establishing a good working rapport with all of the agencies throughout the county since taking office.  
   Just a sampling of the efforts and fruition this relationship has produced and the benefits to the citizens of Saline County include:
• For the first time ever the chiefs of police from agencies within the county and the sheriff are holding monthly meetings to coordinate enforcement efforts and disseminate information between the departments.  This cooperation has facilitated a speedy flow of data between agencies and has resulted in what we feel are better protections for our citizens.
• The Sheriff’s Office, under Bruce Pennington, has participated in every prescription drug take back (Operation Medicine Cabinet’s I – V) for the past three years.  This endeavor not only helped get prescription drugs out of people’s homes, but more importantly raised awareness in our community about the dangers of an epidemic among our teens and young adults.  Saline County has been at the forefront of the take back events and has consistently ranked in the top 5 counties in amount of drugs collected.  In 2009 there were 30 deaths directly attributed to prescription drug abuse and misuse in Saline County and after efforts were started there was a drop in 2010 to 15 deaths attributed to the same.  We as police officer’s feel that there has been a noticeable decrease in the amount of prescription drug abuse incidents that we see on a day to day basis.
• The sheriff’s office has participated in numerous multi-jurisdictional operations the past few years that have never been held before in recent memory.  Warrant roundups coordinated between the sheriff’s office, other county law enforcement agencies, and the US Marshal’s office have resulted in dozens of felony arrests that might have otherwise clogged our justice system for months or years.  Sobriety checkpoints in Benton, Bryant and the county have netted dozens of DWI/DUI arrests in addition to numerous other charges, including drug arrests and warrants.  
• Sheriff Pennington had the foresight to deputize officers in city agencies in the county to better enable them to follow-up leads on investigations that cross jurisdictional boundaries.  Probably nowhere has this been more important than narcotic investigations that are often not limited to city limits and often require extensive investigations in numerous locations.  
   The facts listed above are just some of the positive enhancements to public service that have taken place under Sheriff Bruce Pennington’s administration.  Based upon the demeanor we have seen from James Ward, the associations he maintains with ex-law enforcement officers found to be not fit for duty, Mr. Wards lack of training and experience, and past publicly reported incidents of threats and intimidation as a means of political influence, we are concerned that James Ward would not be the cooperative or capable partner to work with on future matters. We are concerned that past progress would be eroded or completely undone.  
   It is our belief that Bruce Pennington is the best candidate for the position of Sheriff of Saline County and the most qualified person to provide public safety to our families and the citizens we serve.

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Comment by Matt Burks on May 22, 2012 at 2:38pm

Comment by John M Cooper on Saturday

I had forgoten about the loss of the 309 program.  But agian the local media tried to cover that up as they have done everything.  Remember when the Cooyer ran a series on "Abuse in The Jail"?  That got someone fired from the paper because when they started it said series 1 of 5 and the publisher who was out of town could not stop it once they found out.  The Cooyer is ran by the "Power Players" in Benton.  Just ask Brent Davis who was just threatened by Dennis Milligan and the Sheriff who went in yesterday and through a crying fit because they ran an ad from James Ward showing the real crime statistics.  What a joke of a paper and Matt Burks is owned by the Sheriff, Kirk Lane and Kevin Russell who using him.  He wouldn't know a factual story if it hit him in the head.  This entire election cycle he has been running press for the Sheriff that was 6 months old and very the Meth Bust that was "A MAJOR DRUG BUST".  It was 6 months old news and less than an ounce.  They saved it for the election...what a rag the paper is thats why they have very few readers.

RING, RING,'s the puppet reporter calling in for duty! LOL ... but seriously, here is a factual story that has hit me in the head. All of your posts Mr. Cooper a.k.a. the person "called out" — yeah I interviewed you when you campaigned for a particular political office and you didn't even speak for yourself (someone else was there with you and there are witnesses to verify because it was in the editorial office) you know this because when I asked you a question, you turned to that person with you and he responded for you and you shook your head yes — your posts are misleading and not factual. Also, there are times when a man should set aside his personal feelings, hang his head in prayer or keep it up high with a salute towards the men and women that sacrificed their lives so that we may have our freedom to express our personal beliefs and feelings ... that time was at the Police Memorial. If it was not for those lives defending our freedoms, you would not be able to post your opinions on this message board. And you should have dressed in manner that is respectful, these are the people that you are wanting to be in charge of and you can't give them the common courtesy that the deserve? If you want a good sheriff's department, you give them that common courtesy on a day that is centered around them, because those people in the audience saying goodbye again to their fellow brothers and sisters in law enforcement ... those are the same people that will put their lives on the line - for you, for me, and everyone that has a vote in the country. They deserve better than that.

Oh, and Mr. Hutto, I believe he saved a man's life a couple of years ago and that person personally asked me to the Sheriff's Office so he could publicly thank Deputy Hutto. He stood in the sheriff's office on crutches and tearfully thanked Deputy Hutto. Then he showed everyone a picture of his young daughter and said if it wasn't for Deputy Hutto, his daughter would not have her father in this world. Dep. Hutto was very gracious and tried his best to hold back his tears too. I found both men to be extremely thoughtful and courteous.

Dep. Hutto that was you right? I've tried looking up in the story our system, but I am not finding the story just yet.... it is a very large system of stories, so bear with me and forgive me if I am wrong on this account ... after all this is for a board and not a print. Which reminds me, this post is in no way related to The Saline Courier. This is my own personal account and I am on lunch break (yes it is a late lunch break).

Comment by John M Cooper on May 21, 2012 at 1:44am

Comment by John M Cooper on May 21, 2012 at 1:41am

Comment by William Tell on May 19, 2012 at 1:43pm

     Sheriff Pennington has worked these streets and highways for many years in the Saline County area. Both as a regular officer and as a supervisor. Sheriff Pennington has lost friends and fellow officers over the years to crimes of the streets. Sheriff Pennington has personally got out and checked on properties, worked accidents, investigated crimes, and helped defend the defenseless. Sheriff Pennington is personally part of that Thin Blue Line, which protects you as the first line of defense of your freedoms in your county and state. When people are speaking ugly about the officers who protect us, I want you to remember this:

                       A Part of America Died...

     Somebody killed a policeman today and a part of America died; a piece of our country he swore to protect will be buried with him at his side.

     The suspect who shot him will stand up in court with counsel demanding his rights, while a young widowed mother must work for her kids and spend many long, lonely nights.

     The beat that he walked was a battlefield too, just as if he had gone off to war; though the flag of our nation won't fly at half mast, to his name they will add a gold star.

     Yep, somebody killed a Policeman today, in your town or in mine, while we slept in comfort behind our closed doors...a cop put his life on the line.

     Now his ghost walks a beat on a dark city street, and he stands at each new rookie's side; he answered the call, to himself gave his all and a part of America died.

                                                               Written by,

                                                               Harry Koch, Maricopa Co. S.O., Arizona

Comment by Katee Hart on May 19, 2012 at 1:38pm

@Casey, i'm not here to say if it or did not happen! But why accuse folks if we aren't 1000% sure!!

Comment by William Tell on May 19, 2012 at 1:18pm

Thank you Veterans for all your Sacrifice, for Our Rights and Freedoms for the Greatest country in the World. God Bless you all

Comment by Casey Smith on May 19, 2012 at 1:10pm


You know it didnt happen because you were there? Right???


Comment by Katee Hart on May 19, 2012 at 1:06pm

Wendy you know that happend becasue you were there? Right???

Comment by Wendy on May 19, 2012 at 1:04pm
Katee I never said jail was fun or even that my friend did'nt deserve to be there, but medical care is to be provided to's the law! I don't call taking someone to a back room to bust a staff filled wound open proper medical care! In regards to our other leaders post, Mayor Mattingly was a busines man, Dennis Milligan.....Business Man, Aldermen....Business Men and 9-5 jobs, JP Quorum Court Doug Curtis....Business Man Shall I go on? James Ward......Business Man
Comment by Cruze on May 19, 2012 at 12:42pm

Great response Chris,

Again this is a Sheriffs race, it is political in nature because it is an elected position unlike a Chief of Police which is an appointed position.

The Sheriff is obligated by virtue of his oath of office to work with other agencies, " To Protect and Serve" the citizens of Saline County.

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