Please Vote Smart--Below is a list of items which under Sheriff Bruce Pennington's guidance has allowed the Sheriff's office to make giant strides in Saline County.
Obtained additional grants for Victim Advocates for Domestic Violence
Established Explorer Post for the youth of Saline County
Obtained a NEW Chevrolet Tahoe (from the US Marshall's Office) at NO COST to the County
Setup inmate commissary (in the jail) that has raised over $50,000 which can be used for jail operations
SAVED the County $25,000 / year by purchasing bread locally
Established a website (www.scsosheriff.org) at NO COST to the TAXPAYERS of Saline County
Re-established a STRONGER working relationship with the Quorum Court, elected officals, US Marshall's office, Arkansas State Police and municipal police agencies in Saline County (including Deputizing ALL Benton and Bryant Officers)
Ensuring that ALL jail employees attend a Jail Standards course
Working closely with Saline County Prosecutors
Obtained a $96,000 grant for the purchase of cameras for the patrol division
Purchased a NEW Jail Van (money saved from the jail); acquired NEW Bullet Proof Vest (for the SWAT Team;upgraded ALL computers in the Sheriff's office and Jail;purchased computers (for patrol division) with money saved in the Fleet Management.
Upgraded Reserve Division
Received a trailer from Benton Fire Department--Converted it into a mobile command post--NO COST TO TAXPAYERS
BOUGHT (2) for (1) Special Response Tean and (2) Search & Rescue Team. Payed for out of Communication fund -- NO COST TO TAX PAYERS
Providing G.E.D.classes for inmates
Turned Back to Saline County General Fund (from jail):
Year 2009 -- 2011 $1,600,000
Sheriff of the Year Award -- 2010
STAYED WITHIN BUDGET--DID NOT HAVE TO ASK FOR ADDITIONAL FUNDING!
Saline County Detention Center has become a member of National Institute of Corrections
Hired outside collection agency to collect old fines and cost from Circuit Courts. This has generated over $20,000.00 back to the County General Fund
The items listed below can be found at www.scsosheriff.org
6-5-2009 New Website Launched
9-2-2009 2 Suspects arrested for Commerical Burglary
3-1-2010 Arrest made on Highway 35 (Huckaby's Burglary)
4-1-2010 Homicide on Chicot Road
6-7-2010 Meth Lab Bust on Springdale Road
6-7-2010 Meth Lab discovered during a loud music call
6-12-2010 Home Invasion Suspects Arrested
6-21-2010 73 lbs Marijuana seized in Search Warrant
6-22-2010 East End Elementary burglary suspects arrested
6-24-2010 Meth Dealer arrested in a Bryant Hotel
12-2-2010 Get Out of Jail Week Program
2-3-2012 Press Conference Alexander Shooting
2-28-2012 Methamphetamine Arrest on North Sardis Road
3-9-2012 Copper/Narcotics Arrest
3-19-2012 Saline County Officers Conduct Weekend Sobriety Checkpoint
3-27-2012 Wanted Subject: Jeffery Paul Whittier Arrested
4-2-2012 Saline County Detention Center eestablished Medical Program
These are some of the work related items Sheriff Pennington has accomplished. It hs taken time to do alot of this ground work and NOW is NOT the time to switch gears with someone who has LIMITED knowledge, skills, training or experience. Please ask yourself a question...IF the opponent wants to become Sheriff so bad WHY in the world hasn't he attempted to gain law enforcement knowlege, training, experience or sometype of classes in law enforcement to better himself to becoma a viable opponent? WHY? Four years--2 elections and NO attempt to better himself.
The Sheriff's position is one of understanding the US Constitution, the Federal, State and local laws because he is dealing with peoples liberties & lives. To have a person SURROUND HIMSELF with so called experts is a disaster waiting to happen to Saline County Citizens. We do not need to regress but be allowed to move forward in a positive manner and grow.
Sheriff Bruce Pennington has worked very hard for you, please afford him the opportunity to continue serving the Citizens of Saline County.