Hard work pays off

Eric Watson Bradley County Sheriff
Posted 11/15/17


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Hard work pays off



Sheriff Eric Watson

In law enforcement, as in business or any other type of work, hard work plays an important part. After my time in business, law enforcement and the State House, I have learned firsthand how simple hard work can lead to successful outcomes on any task you undertake.

Over the past year, hard work and teamwork have led to continued success by your Bradley County Sheriff’s Office in solving burglary and theft cases. Burglaries continue to be one of the biggest problems we face, as most stem from folks stealing from homes and businesses to feed a drug habit. We have made the point here that drugs and theft go together almost 100 percent of the time. Your BCSO continues to make drug arrests, in many instances with stolen merchandise nearby.

The agency is on the alert 24 hours a day for suspicious people or vehicles that just “look out of place.” Many times, the “gut feeling” these officers have results in arrests. With more patrol units on the road, as well as knowledge of the people and area our deputies cover, our home, school, business and church checks have greatly increased.

In addition, our Public Safety Unit deputies, members of our Criminal Investigations Division as well as school resource officers, continually have their eyes open to possible criminal activity.

Our officers are responsible for responding to hundreds of calls a day that come in to investigate burglar alarms and false alarms, shots fired, cattle in the road, domestic violence, child custody issues, prowlers, missing persons, vandalism and so much more.

They handle any number of situations, as mentioned, from the routine to the potentially very dangerous. Four shifts of road deputies keep Bradley County covered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Their attention to detail, knowledge of the law, physical ability, courteousness, fairness and desire to serve are the best. We have some of the finest young men and women serving Bradley County as deputies you’ll find anywhere.

I would certainly be remiss if I did not mention the extremely important work done every hour of every day by our Corrections officers and staff. They maintain control, safety and security for the Bradley County Jail and Workhouse. These four shifts of dedicated officers handle the daily challenges and issues that go along with housing men and women who, frankly, do not want to be there.

This hard work has been rewarded once again as the facility has been recertified by the Tennessee Corrections Institute. The TCI inspector took one full day to complete the yearly inspection with all jail records available for examination. I am proud of the folks who work in Corrections. Jail recertification is certainly not an automatic thing, as it takes great effort to operate the facility on a constant high-level. Our officers and staff keep the jail and workhouse at that impressive level.

I cannot say enough about the spirit of teamwork within all divisions of the BCSO and the help we receive from the public. I am so thankful for the folks that live in Bradley County. Your cooperation and friendship has greatly contributed to the good things that are happening at your Bradley County Sheriff’s Office. To the Citizens of Bradley County: Thank you!

Finally, I wish for you and yours a Happy Thanksgiving. I hope you and your family and friends have the best one ever. Schools will be out for part of the week, so please exercise caution.


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