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Turn Around Don't Drown

Each year, more deaths occur due to flooding than from any other thunderstorm related hazard. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that over half of all flood-related drownings occur when a vehicle is driven into hazardous flood water. The next highest percentage of flood-related deaths is due to walking into or near flood waters. People underestimate the force and power of water. Many of the deaths occur in automobiles as they are swept downstream. Of these drownings, many are preventable, but too many people continue to drive around the barriers that warn you the road is flooded. A mere 6 inches of fast-moving flood water can knock over an adult. It takes just 12 inches of rushing water to carry away a small car, while 2 feet of rushing water can carry away most vehicles. It is NEVER safe to drive or walk into flood waters.

Dyer County Sheriff's Office requests that all drivers observe and obey road closures and don't take chances while driving. Remember Turn Around Don't Drown

For current flooding information please visit http://water.weather.gov/ahps/

2nd Amendment Rights


January 31, 2013                                                                                                              CONTACT:   Sheriff Jeff Box

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                         Phone:731-285-2802

Sheriff Jeff Box (Dyer Co., TN) releases statement reaffirming the 2nd Amendment rights of the citizens of Dyer County, TN

Dyersburg, TN- Sheriff Jeff Box of Dyer County, Tennessee released an official statement in response to the proposed gun control legislation recently initiated by several Washington D.C. legislators.   After receiving many phone calls, letters, and various other forms of communications from concerned citizens of Dyer County, Sheriff Box wishes to officially state that the rights granted by the U.S. Constitution (2nd Amendment) and the Tennessee Constitution (Article I § 26) to legally possess firearms will not be infringed upon in any way.      

                 “On August 30, 2010, after being duly elected as Sheriff of Dyer County, I took an oath to uphold and support both the U.S. Constitution and  Tennessee Constitution.   I feel it is my job to protect and enforce the Constitutional rights of the citizens who elected me.  The second amendment to the U.S. Constitution is a right, not a privilege, and shall not be infringed upon.             

                 I firmly believe that when guns are outlawed only the outlaws will have guns.  I have always supported and wholeheartedly enforced all laws that deter and penalize gun violence.  Since assuming the Office of Sheriff, I have been a very active member of the Tennessee Sheriff’s Association and currently a member of the Sheriff’s Association Finance Committee. 

                     The Tennessee Sheriff’s Association has recently made the following statement upon the request of its members: The Sheriffs of Tennessee are strong supporters of the 2nd Amendment rights of their citizens and have taken an oath to uphold the Constitution of the State of Tennessee, the Constitution of the United States of America, and the laws and ordinances of their counties and will fulfill their oath.  The Tennessee Sheriffs’ Association and the Tennessee Firearms Association co-authored the Tennessee Handgun Permit Law in May of 1994. 

               "As long as I am Sheriff, any federal regulation or Presidential Executive order that I know is adverse to the Constitution and that infringes upon the rights of my citizens shall not be enforced by me or my deputies, nor will I allow anyone to seize any firearm from law abiding citizens within this county." 

                                                                                                                                    Sheriff Jeff Box


Avoiding Holiday Theft

Avoid Holiday Theft                                                       12/11/2015

Although we'd like to believe the holidays bring out peace on earth and good will towards men (as the Christmas carol goes), the weeks between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day tend to be a prime season for criminals. During this busy time of year, you can take some easy precautions to prevent becoming a victim of theft. Consider the following safety tips:


 When holiday shopping:

  • Don't park in unlit areas at night.
  • Put your shopping bags in your trunk. Don't try to cover items on your seats with a blanket. Better yet, take your packages straight home after a shopping spree and then go back out.
  • Don't carry large amounts of cash with you, or else, keep it in your front pocket not in your purse or wallet.
  • Be extra careful when carrying a purse - they are the prime targets of criminals in crowded shopping areas. If you must carry one, make sure it has a strap that can go over the shoulder and be held under the arm, making them more difficult for purse snatchers to grab.
  • Keep a record of all of your credit card numbers in a safe place at home.
  • Beware of strangers approaching you. This is the time of year when thieves may try various methods to distract you with the intention of taking your money or belongings.

At home:

  • Being Involved in a active Neighborhood Watch Program
  • When leaving home for an extended time, have a neighbor or family member watch your house and pick up your newspapers and mail.
  • Leave a light on when you leave your home at night or put your lights (including Christmas lights) on an automatic timer.
  • Make sure your holiday gifts are not visible through the windows and doors of your home.
  • Never say you are away from home on the outgoing message on you answering machine or voice mail. Simply say you are unable to get answer the phone at the time.
  • If you are a Concealed Carry Permit holder who is skilled and comfortable comfortable carry your firearm, carry it on your person, don't leave it in your car.

During the holidays, many people can become careless and vulnerable to theft and other holiday crime. Protecting yourself and your home from potential crime is the easiest way to ensure a safe and happy holiday season.

Dyer County Sheriff's Office is increasing patrols in rural and residential areas during this holiday season, help us help you by reporting suspicious activity at 731-285-2802. In case of emergency dial 911.

Happy Thanksgiving from The Dyer County Sheriff

My staff and I wish to thank each and every citizen for the support that you have given our Sheriff's Office this year. Collectively, we all can make a difference and with the support of our communities through our Neighborhood Watch groups and so many other civic and community groups working with us, the Sheriff's Office is definitely moving Dyer County forward in striving for a safer community.

We would like to take time wish each citizen a Happy Thanksgiving

and a blessed Holiday Season.


 Jeff Box, Dyer County Sheriff 


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Holiday Crime Prevention Tips  


Neighborhood Watch Program Expanding to Sorrells Chapel and Surrounding Area

Press Release 10-21-2012


A Neighborhood Watch Organizational Meeting will be held at the Sorrells Chapel United Methodist Church, on October 29th, 2012 at 6:00 Pm

Residents encouraged to attend are those interested in having a watch program and who live in Sorrells Chapel, Bonicord, Hawkinsville, East View Subdivision, and surrounding areas. The meeting to organize a Neighborhood Watch Program for these areas will be conducted by personnel of the Sheriff's Office.

I also will be there to answer any questions you may have about any current problems or issues.

I look forward to seeing you there
Dyer County Sheriff Jeff Box 

Youth Education





Sheriff Jeff Box, " My experience has led me to believe that a proactive approach in  attacking crime is the best method.  The first place to use that proactive approach is in youth education and awareness.  After being elected Sheriff in 2010 and having a sense of urgency to youth education, I then became a member of Fight Crime Invest in Kids, a national anti-crime organization of police chiefs, sheriffs, prosecutors, attorneys general and violence survivors, including more than 160 members in Tennessee and over 5,000 members nationwide. As a member of Fight Crime Invest In Kids, and as a Public Official, I call upon state and federal lawmakers to support high-quality early education as a critical strategy to reduce crime, lower prison costs and save taxpayers money, as your Sheriff, I use our departmental resources for community and youth education. Our officers are available to educate our youth in the schools and communities. Youth Education efforts are promoted by utilizing our K-9 Program as a tool to interact with students. “Don’t Joke Around With Drugs”, a anti-drug campaign utilizing our German Shepherd K-9 named “Joker”, to teach our youth about the dangers of drugs. “We’re On The Right Track”,an anti-crime campaign utilizing two new additions of bloodhound track puppies in training, Bella Grace and Isabell. They currently attend FFA and youth sports functions. Our K-9’s also promote the message of” These Paws Don’t Touch Drugs”.

“Team Up Against Drugs”is a youth drug awareness campaign creating a partnership between the Dyer County Sheriff’s Office and youth programs allowing interaction between children and the Sheriff’s Office in the promotion of drug awareness. These programs not only educate our children, but allow our children to interact with the our officers at many of our community functions. We also promote drug awareness in Red Ribbon Week at our schools. In 2011/2012, we were proud to assist Trooper Banks of the Tennessee Highway Patrol in sponsoring the awards program for the DARE graduates of Trimble Elementary School. We also provide local youths with scholarships through the Tennessee Sheriff's Association.



                                                    If you are interested in a youth education program or would like to request our K-9’s to visit in your school or function, contact the Dyer County Sheriff’s Office at 731-285-2802 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 






Sheriff's Booth at Dyer County Fair

Press Release 09/03/2012  

Visit the Sheriff's Booth at Dyer County Fair               

Officers will be at the Fair, promoting our Neighborhood Watch Program,

Youth Education & Drug Awareness Programs          


Swift Murder Investigation

Official Press Release                                Dyer County Sheriff's Office

                                                                   Jeff Box, Sheriff

Swift Murder Investigation                           Update  09/02/2012


Press Release

 Dyer County SherDDyer SSSheSheriff goes online with a new Crime Fighting Tool