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/
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.
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
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:
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.
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
Press Release 10-21-2012
NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH PROGRAM
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.
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.
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
Official Press Release Dyer County Sheriff's Office
Jeff Box, Sheriff
Swift Murder Investigation Update 09/02/2012