Eyes and ears

Eric Watson Bradley County Sheriff
Posted 4/23/17

I have continually been thankful for the assistance given by Bradley County residents to my deputies. The help and kindnesses you have shown are striking in that many areas of our country show a lack …

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Eyes and ears


I have continually been thankful for the assistance given by Bradley County residents to my deputies. The help and kindnesses you have shown are striking in that many areas of our country show a lack of respect for law enforcement. I am very happy to say that is NOT the case locally.

There are several ways you can be a part of keeping Bradley County a safe place to live and work. One of those is participating in our very active Neighborhood Watch program. All it takes to be a part of Neighborhood Watch is to be willing to use your eyes and ears to be aware of your surroundings and to let us know of anyone or anything “out of place.”

The Bradley County Sheriff’s Office is happy to receive the assistance of the public in that effort. Lt. Bob Hancock is the point person of our Neighborhood Watch program. Lt. Hancock is always ready and willing to speak with the public about this very popular and helpful program.

The Neighborhood Watch program simply organizes the folks that live near you to be those eyes and ears. An aware public means so much to us in law enforcement. You, in so many ways, are the first line of defense in our effort to provide a safe environment in Bradley County. In more than one instance, burglaries and thefts have been stopped or solved because a citizen saw “something out of place” in their neighborhood, and called us.

To be involved in Neighborhood Watch, talk to your neighbors, whether they are next door or fifty yards away and discuss their interest in simply being alert for activities nearby. All we are asking is for you and your neighbors to use their eyes and ears in keeping Bradley County safe.

After discussing Neighborhood Watch with folks that live nearby, call Hancock at the BCSO. He will be happy to give you information about NHW, and your interest in setting up a Neighborhood Watch meeting. In that meeting, Lt. Hancock will provide free home security handouts, Neighborhood Watch information and more.

Lieutenant Bob Hancock can be reached at 423-728-7321, or via email at bhancock@bradleycountytn.gov. You can play a role in assisting your Bradley County Sheriff’s Office by simply using your eyes and ears!

I want to mention the passing of a retired Bradley County deputy sheriff. Kester Calfee died this past week after an illness. He served many years in various positions with the BCSO, retiring not long ago. He always possessed a positive attitude and friendly demeanor in the many circumstances an officer faces. I appreciate his service to the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office. From all of us at BCSO, our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife Judy and his family.

Finally, six law enforcement officers have made the supreme sacrifice so far this month. As I write this, the latest officer to die in the line of duty is Deputy Sheriff David Wade, of the Logan County (Okla.) Sheriff’s Office, who was shot and killed on April 18 as he attempted to serve an eviction notice at a residence. Wade was a U.S. Army veteran. He is survived by his wife and three children. The suspect in the shooting was captured hours later. I ask you to keep the deputy’s family, friends and co-workers in your thoughts and prayers.

Again, I sincerely can’t thank you enough for your kindness and your assistance to the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office. I am truly honored to be your sheriff.


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