WILLIAMSON - On his second day of officially being the Sheriff of Mingo County, James Smith and his Chief Field Deputy, Joe Smith, were brain storming as to how to improve the services that are provided to the public, and have implemented changes they feel will be an asset to both their office and to the citizens of Mingo County.
Starting yesterday, the sheriff’s department will be extending their office hours until 6:30 p.m., on every Thursday. These changes were put into place to accommodate those who are unable to come in to conduct business such as applying for a gun permit before the doors are closed at 4:30 p.m.
“People that work 9-5 jobs aren’t always able to come in to take care of business before we’re closed, so we decided to extend our hours one evening a week to meet the needs of the public,” stated the Sheriff.
“This is the people’s office, and they deserve to be able to take care of their business here in a timely manner that makes their lives easier.”
Sheriff Smith also wanted to pass some information along to the parents of school age children that a policy is now in place that requires all deputies working the day shift to make stops throughout the day to patrol school premises, and to also do walk-throughs inside the buildings to make their presence known.
“Our hope is that knowing that a policeman is stopping by schools unannounced will deter the temptation to act up or to participate in illegal activities such as drugs,” said the Sheriff. “Our police cruisers being seen throughout the day on school property will also strongly discourage people of an ill-intent nature to go elsewhere.”
“We wanted to pass this information along because if a parent receives word that the police are at their child’s school, it could cause feelings of panic and worry.”
If you would like more information on the extended hours of the sheriff’s department or on the increased school patrols, you are encouraged to contact the office at 304-235-0300.