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2017 Annual Report Final


SPECIAL PROGRAMS & SERVICES Citizen’s Academy The Sheriff’s Citizen’s Academy is a course designed to expose citizens to many different aspects of law enforcement. During the 11 week course, participants learn about the day-today operations of the Blount County Sheriff’s Office. Citizens participate in different presentations from Sheriff James Lee Berrong, Sheriff’s investigators, patrol deputies, and Drug Task Force investigators. Participants also watch demonstrations by members of the S.W.A.T. team, K-9 Unit, and C.E.R.T. (Corrections Emergency Response Team). The objectives of the Sheriff’s Citizen’s Academy are to increase communication between the Sheriff’s Office and members of the community, as well as to make participants better informed and share their knowledge with other members of the community. We completed our 28th Citizen’s Academy in 2017. Sheriff’s Senior Outreach The Sheriff’s Senior Outreach program is a group of volunteers who check on the elderly and shut-in citizens of Blount County. The program is currently in its 17th year. Senior Outreach volunteers receive training on police procedures prior to graduating from the training program. In 2017, volunteers visited 180 clients in our community and compiled 2,847 hours of activity. Explorer Program The Explorer program is a group of youth ages 16 to 21 who are interested in law enforcement. Explorers assist the Sheriff’s Office with parades, festivals, and other community events. The group meets twice a month to learn about different aspects of law enforcement. Many current Blount County Sheriff’s Office deputies began their careers as Explorers while still in high school. R.A.D. (Rape Aggression Defense) The Sheriff’s Office continues to offer R.A.D. classes throughout the year. R.A.D. is designed to develop options of resistance for women, and is open to ladies 13 and up. In 2017, three R.A.D. instructors conducted five sessions with a total of 54 students. Child Safety Seat Clincs Throughout the year, the Sheriff’s Office joins forces with the Blount County Fire Department to hold child safety seat clinics. Trained and certified child passenger safety seat technicians are on hand at the clinics to provide child car seat installation. These clinics are an opportunity to ensure the child safety seat fit your vehicle, your child, and are safely and securely anchored in the vehicle. In 2017, the Sheriff’s Office particpated in nine clinics. The clinics are announced via the BCSO Facebook page and The Daily Times. Chaplain Corps Top: Chaplains Brad Bryant and Greg Long met with officials with the Global Chaplain Coalition in Guatamala as part of a training mission. Left: R.A.D. instructors Freddie Potenza and Janice Postel instruct a student on self-defense techniques. Below: Sheriff James Lee Berrong meets with members of the Sheriff’s Citizen’s Academy class. The Sheriff’s Office Chaplain Corps plays an important role with the Sheriff’s Office. All Sheriff’s chaplains receive certification through the International Conference of Police Chaplains (ICPC). Chaplains attend a chaplain’s academy and receive 36 hours of training, 18 hours of which are through the ICPC. Chaplains are available to help Sheriff’s Office employees as well as the citizens served by the Sheriff’s Office. Chaplains assist with death notifications, suicide response, grief counseling, and domestic violence victims. Chaplains work under a strict code of confidentiality. 10

RECORDS MANAGEMENT, HUMAN RESOURCES, & OFFICE OF PUBLIC INFORMATION Records Management The Records Office maintains and archives thousands of records and documents throughout the year. They must comply with annual audits from state and federal agencies, such as Tennessee Bureau of Investigations (TBI) and the FBI to maintain certification. The Records Office is also responsible for processing and ensuring data integrity of all police reports generated in the course of Sheriff’s Office business. Records personnel also provide prompt and courteous customer service. All data entry clerks must attend TIBRS (Tennessee Incident Based Management System) training, as well as be certified in NCIC (National Crime Information Computer), which requires operators to re-certify every two years. NCIC clerks validate records, train personnel, enter stolen/wanted information, enter missing persons, and check driver’s licenses. Records is also responsible for maintaining personnel records, payroll, purchasing, accounts payables/receivables, detention facility records, and adult criminal histories. In 2017, the Sheriff’s Office transitioned to Spillman Records Management System, which allows web-based as well as mobile capabilities. It allows personnel to track and manage various records, such as name, property, and incident reports, and stores it all in a centralized database. The software allows the Sheriff’s Office to connect records to one another with the goal of more easily identifying relationships within the data and streamline processes within the agency. It is a paperless system, and saves patrolmen time by inputting the report directly into the system from their mobile data terminals. Human Resources Human Resources is responsible for hiring personnel employed by the Sheriff’s Office. Prospective deputy sheriffs are put through a rigorous selection and hiring process that includes an extensive background investigation, criminal records check, previous employer checks, psychological evaluation, physical exam, and drug screen. The Sheriff’s Office aggressively recruits prospective candidates for employment at area high schools, universities and community colleges, PoliceOne, Pellissippi State Community College, Roane State Community College, Tusculum College, South College, job finder sites, as well as the BCSO Facebook page, and actively recruits minority and female applicants. Individuals interested in employment at the BCSO are encouraged to apply at The Blount County Sheriff’s Office is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. Office of Public Information The Office of Public Information serves as a liaison between the Sheriff’s Office and the media to keep the public informed. During breaking or high profile criminal investigations, the public information officer (PIO) coordinates media interviews and press conferences. The PIO also produces all publications of the Sheriff’s Office, including the annual report, the employee newsletter, brochures, and other publications as needed. The PIO writes media releases, public service announcements, and other materials relating to the Sheriff’s Office. In addition, the PIO maintains the Sheriff’s Office social media sites, and captures memories through photographs and video of the daily activity at the Sheriff’s Office as well as special events. The PIO assists all functions within the Sheriff’s Office to promote Sheriff’s Office services. 11

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