BCSO patrol vehicles allowed at nonprofit events

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Posted 12/2/17

An amendment of Bradley County Sheriff Office’s General Orders

regarding the use of the agency’s fleet vehicles has been approved allowing deputies and other uniformed officers to drive their …

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BCSO patrol vehicles allowed at nonprofit events

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An amendment of Bradley County Sheriff Office’s General Orders regarding the use of the agency’s fleet vehicles has been approved allowing deputies and other uniformed officers to drive their fleet vehicles to worship centers, as well as civic and nonprofit organizations. 

Bradley County Sheriff Eric Watson said he believes this pro-active effort will be a deterrent to prevent acts of violence in the community. 

 Additionally, Watson issued a written directive to the patrol division for deputies to know the location of all worship centers and other nonprofit organizations in their assigned patrol zone. When a service or meeting is in session at the establishment, patrol personnel are to be vigilant in patrolling parking lots.

 If traffic assistance is needed by an organization, the sheriff’s office allows personnel to provide this service upon an off-duty contract being approved by the agency. The details regarding the contract can be discussed by contacting Patrol Captain Dennis Goins at the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office.

For many years, off-duty deputies have provided assistance with high-traffic areas for organizations, which allows them to utilize their emergency audible and visual equipment to ensure the safety of vehicles exiting the parking lots.

 The sheriff stated, “Our agency will continue to research methods to deter acts of violence within this community. The vehicles driven by our employees will have a presence without the organization necessarily employing a deputy at their function.

"It’s the sheriff’s office mission to be a visible presence in the community, whether officers are on patrol or by the use of marked patrol vehicles, in order to deter, disrupt and detect criminality and keep people safe,” Watson said.

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