May 25

WCSO to Join Lebanon Chick-fil-A for National Missing Children’s Awareness Day 5-7 p.m.

WCSO to Join Lebanon Chick-fil-A for National Missing Children’s Awareness Day 5-7 p.m.

Wilson County Sheriff’s Office will join with Chick-fil-A in observance of National Missing Children’s Awareness Day from 5-7 p.m. at the Lebanon location. WCSO SROs will be doing complimentary fingerprinting for children at the event and give out goodie bags to children who participate.

The National Missing Children’s Day is an annual observance throughout the country on or near May 25. On that date in 1979, six-year-old New Yorker Ethan Patz disappeared on his way to school. He was declared legally dead in 1981. President Ronald Reagan declared the observance on that date in 1983 following a shocking series of child abductions and missing children that occurred over a period of time and continue today.

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children annually hold events during this time to raise awareness of the threat of child abduction and inform the public of ways the keep children safe in addition to supporting victims’ families.

“We encourage families to take time to sit down with their children and explain the dangers of potential abduction and discuss safety precautions children can take,” Sheriff Robert Bryan said. “It takes all of us to be alert and be aware of potential child abduction risks by paying attention to Amber Alerts and other news of missing children. We hope everyone will take a few minutes in observance of this National Day.”

WCSO and other law enforcement and fire and emergency agencies will also participate in another Missing Children’s Awareness Observance to be hosted in Mt. Juliet by the Chick-fil-A next Wednesday, May 31, from 5-8 p.m. There are many displays and activities in addition to free finger-printing planned for that day.

 

May 25

WCSO to Conduct Saturation Patrols on Lookout for Impaired Drivers through Holiday

WCSO to Conduct Saturation Patrols on Lookout for Impaired Drivers through Holiday

The Wilson County Sheriff’s Office will conduct saturation patrols throughout the county this weekend. This is one of many additional patrols planned over the next several months. Deputies will concentrate enforcement efforts on impaired drivers to reduce traffic crashes. These overtime patrols are funded through a grant from the Tennessee Highway Safety Office.

The Memorial Day Holiday officially begins Friday and runs through Monday at midnight. Sheriff’s patrols will be on the lookout for drivers that violate any traffic laws including impaired driving, distracted driving, speeding or not wearing a seat belt.

“As always, we remind you to think before you drink and get behind the wheel,” Sheriff Robert Bryan said. “Don’t let a bad decision lead to a lifetime of regret and/or tragedy. Please drive safely.”

May 24

Wilson County Battle of the Badges Blood Drive Part II Set May 25 in Mt. Juliet

Wilson County Battle of the Badges Blood Drive Part II Set May 25 in Mt. Juliet

 Wilson County Sheriff Robert Bryan is encouraging anyone who can to sign up to donate blood in the Battle of the Badges Blood Drive, an event that benefits Wilson County in a friendly competition between Wilson County Law Enforcement and Wilson County Fire/Emergency Management.

“We’re down to the wire now, and we want to win it this time,” said Sheriff Robert Bryan of the 2016 competition for bragging rights between Wilson County’s Law Enforcement and Fire/Emergency Agencies. “This year is going to be Wilson County Law Enforcement’s year to win.”

Anyone who wants to participate in the Mt. Juliet location should sign up as soon as possible for an appointment through the Red Cross by visiting the website at redcross.org and enter the sponsor code: WilsonBattle. The event is scheduled for 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. this Wednesday, May 25, at the Mt. Juliet Community Center Meeting Room. To save more time, complete an online pre-donation and health history questionnaire at your convenience on the day of your appointment. You can save up to 15 minutes and skip the waiting time. To learn more, visit redcrossblood.org/RapidPass.

Wilson County Fire/Emergency won the first round of the Battle of the Badges collecting two more pints in honor of Fire/Emergency than Law Enforcement during the first event which took place May 18, at the Jimmy Floyd Family Center.

American Red Cross officials say the need for donations becomes even greater just before the busy summer vacation season begins when many regular donors may delay or skip donations because of other summer activities.

“As summer approaches, the American Red Cross encourages eligible individuals to give blood and help ensure a sufficient supply,” said American Red Cross Account Manager Brett Crystal. “Every day, the Red Cross must collect 14,000 blood donations to help meet the needs of patients across the country. Your donation may help accident victims, organ transplant patients and those receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or sickle cell disease.”

 

May 23

WCSO Sheriff/SRO Conflict-Resolution Camp Interest Spikes, Still Taking Applications

WCSO Sheriff/SRO Conflict-Resolution Camp Interest Spikes, Still Taking Applications

Interest is growing daily in Wilson County Sheriff Robert Bryan’s SRO-run, week-long, half-day camp in July to help students learn to cope with bullying and problems such as spotting potential online predators to peaceful conflict-resolution. Applications are still being taken, and WCSO is considering a second camp.

“The goal of the camp is to help our young people manage possible problems they are faced with everyday, both in and out of school,” Sheriff Robert Bryan said. “Our young people today face many more problems in a much more technologically savvy world than many of us faced in school. Our SRO Unit wants to provide students with the tools they need to learn how to maturely manage problems and build self-confidence while avoiding becoming victims.”

Instruction areas will include such topics as: bullying; online predators; drug/alcohol awareness; confidence building, team-building exercises; a tour of the jail and examination of the juvenile court system.

“We’ve already received more applications than the 25 students we had planned to have in the camp,” SRO Lt. Scott Moore said. “This is a good ‘problem’ to have so much interest. If applications keep coming in the way they have, we will probably hold a second camp. We want to accommodate as many students as possible who are interested.”

Currently, the event is scheduled for 8-11 a.m. July 25-29 for qualifying students. Eligibility requirements include any male or female with a good disciplinary school record and good attendance record. Any student who will be in grades 6th through the 8th for the 2016-2017 school year will be considered.

“Right now, we have about half female and half male applicants,” Lt. Moore said. “We hope everyone will get the word out about this to form a second camp. We had already planned to possibly form an additional camp if enough students were interested. We were thinking we could do a second session during from 1-4 p.m. the same days.”

The cost is free to any qualifying students. For more information or to obtain an application, please contact the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office SRO Division at 615-444-1412, ext. 487.

Note: The WCSO SRO school camp is not associated with Wilson County Schools.

 

 

May 20

Lebanon VFW Post 5015 Flag Retirement Ceremony RESCHEDULED

FLAG RETIREMENT RESCHEDULED

Because of inclement weather, the Lebanon VFW Post 5015 annual Flag Retirement Ceremony has been RESCHEDULED to FRIDAY, JUNE 3, at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center. The annual Flag Retirement Ceremony is to honor and pay tribute to veterans, law enforcement, firefighters and EMS. Flags can be dropped off at the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office, the Wilson County Veterans’ Office, Uncle Pete’s Truck Stop or you can contact someone by email for more info at SVCDR5015@AOL.com. The public is invited to attend. If you have a flag to retire (worn, torn, tattered flags) for a family member or friend, bring it to the ceremony to retire it in a proper manner. The event was originally scheduled for today, PLEASE SHARE!

May 12

Wilson County Battle of the Badges Blood Drive set for May 18 in Lebanon, May 25 in Mt. Juliet

 

Wilson Battle Poster

 Wilson County Sheriff Robert Bryan is encouraging anyone who can to sign up to donate blood in honor of Law Enforcement or Fire/Emergency Management in the Battle of the Badges Blood Drive, an event that benefits Wilson County in a friendly competition between Wilson County Law Enforcement  and Wilson County Fire/Emergency Management.

“We’re in it to win it,” said Sheriff Robert Bryan of the 2016 competition for bragging rights between Wilson County’s Law Enforcement and Fire/Emergency Agencies. “This year is going to be Wilson County Law Enforcement’s year to win the Battle of the Badges.”

It’s important to sign up as soon as possible for an appointment through the Red Cross. To schedule an appointment, log onto redcrossblood.org and enter the following sponsor code: WilsonBattle. To make it even more convenient for all of Wilson County, the event will take place in two locations on two different dates and times.

The first event is scheduled in Lebanon from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 18, at the Jimmy Floyd Family Center Multi-Purpose Room. The second event is scheduled in Mt. Juliet from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 25, at the Mt. Juliet Community Center Meeting Room.

To save even more time, complete an online pre-donation and health history questionnaire at your convenience on the day of your appointment. You can save up to 15 minutes and skip the waiting time. To learn more, visit redcrossblood.org/RapidPass.

American Red Cross officials say the need for donations becomes even greater just before the busy summer vacation season begins when many regular donors may delay or skip donations because of other summer activities.

“As summer approaches, the American Red Cross encourages eligible individuals to give blood and help ensure a sufficient supply,” said American Red Cross Account Manager Brett Crystal. “Every day, the Red Cross must collect 14,000 blood donations to help meet the needs of patients across the country. Your donation may help accident victims, organ transplant patients and those receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or sickle cell disease.”

May 11

Fourteen Graduate WCSO Citizens’ Sheriff’s Academy

Fourteen Graduate WCSO Citizens’ Sheriff’s Academy Applications

Some 14 Wilson County residents have a new appreciation and better understanding of what it’s like to be part of the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office following their graduation from the  Citizens’ Sheriff’s Academy Tuesday night.

Several of the men and women who completed the intensive 10-week course expressed surprise at how much they didn’t realize occurred behind the scenes at the Sheriff’s Office and Correctional Facility. Sheriff Robert Bryan thanked the citizens for taking interest and time out of their own schedules to experience up close how the men and women whom he counts on to make the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office run smoothly. Each graduate was presented with a certificate and token of appreciation to for their commitment.

Many will now go on to join the growing Academy Alumni Association. Leigh Mills, a past graduate of the Sheriff’s Citizens’ Academy and current Academy Alumni Association President, said of her experience  “I was extremely impressed with the program and believe other Wilson County residents can benefit from seeing exactly what the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office encounters from day-to-day. The Sheriff and his staff have created an excellent, intensive course that helps all of us better understand how the department serves the community. Each week, participants are taken through a series of classes that provide a close-up view of law enforcement techniques and shown exactly how much responsibility the Sheriff’s Office has with regard to the jail, courts, and process service functions we might otherwise never see. Presenters offer an entertaining and interactive way to learn the role of the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office and how it relates to our community. I would encourage anyone who has not done so to apply for this course. From graduation, participants are also encouraged to help serve the community by joining the Alumni Association, where they will have a chance to volunteer and support the Sheriff’s Office.”

There are no minimum physical requirements, just a desire to learn more about law enforcement and get exposure to day-to-day aspects of the many facets involved in enforcing the law and assisting fellow citizens. Applicants must pass a background check to be accepted.

“This class is designed to help foster a better understanding between the citizens and the Sheriff’s Office,” said Wilson County Sheriff’s Lt. James Lanier, who oversees the Academy along with a number of other veteran staffers at the Sheriff’s Office. “It familiarizes the citizens with how the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office operates in a hands-on situation. This course shows how different the Sheriff’s Office is from the other law enforcement offices in Wilson County and how much more responsibility the Office has compared to other agencies.”

Some of the classes cover topics such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, domestic violence, patrol procedures, Schools Resource Officers, Civil and Criminal Warrants, DUI awareness, handcuffing procedures and other law enforcement functions. The course also includes hands-on activities, field trips such as a three-hour jail tour, a visit to the firing range, lectures by Communications dispatchers, a representative from the District Attorney’s Office, demonstrations in boating safety and the Office’s Special Response Team among other activities including what a K-9 officer is capable of doing when ordered to search for a criminal suspect.

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May 10

Wilson County Law Enforcement, Dignitaries Attend Honorary Memorial

024IMG_1450Members of Wilson County Sheriff’s Office, Mt. Juliet Police Department, Lebanon Police Department, Watertown Police Department and numerous city, state and county officials attended today’s solemn memorial service honoring fallen officers from Wilson County. The service coincides with National Police Memorial Week. Today’s event was held in Judge Barry Tatum’s Courtroom and hosted a large crowd of people from many walks of life on hand to honor the fallen officers. WCSO Police Chaplain Don Willis led the group in prayer before and after the law enforcement officials read the names of deceased officers from various part of Wilson County. Lebanon Police Detective David Wilmore, president of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 71 told the crowd the number of officers slain was up by 70 percent this year over last year while accidental deaths were down by 19 percent for a total of 36 to date in 2016. In addition, there were 12 K-9 deaths in the line of duty.

May 10

Public Invited to Honor Fallen Officers at 11 a.m. Ceremony Today

The public is invited to attend a ceremony to honor all fallen officers from Wilson County at 11 a.m. in Judge Barry Tatum’s Courtroom. The event will include reading of the names of the fallen officers by Wilson County Sheriff Robert Bryan, Mt. Juliet Chief James Hambrick and Lebanon Police Chief Mike Justice. The program will include a presentation of colors by the Joint Honor Guard of Wilson County Sheriff’s Office, Lebanon Police Department and the Mt. Juliet Police Department. Lebanon Police Detective David Wilmore, president of Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 71 and Detective Jay Spicer Vice-President of Lodge 83 will give remarks regarding the Police Memorial Week Observation. Pastor Jim Kubic from Life Point Church will lead in prayer during the service.

May 09

WCSO Sheriff and SROs Now Taking Applications for Conflict-Resolution Camp in July

 

WCSO Sheriff and SROs Now Taking Applications for Conflict-Resolution Camp in July

Sheriff Robert Bryan and the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office SROs are taking applications now for a week-long, half-day camp to help students learn to cope with bullying and problems such as spotting potential online predators to peaceful conflict-resolution.

“The goal of the camp is to help our young people manage possible problems they are faced with on a daily basis, both in and out of school,” Sheriff Robert Bryan said. “Our young people today face so many more problems in a technologically savvy world than many of us faced in school. Our SRO Team wants to provide students with the tools they need to learn how to maturely manage problems and build self-confidence while avoiding becoming victims.”

Instruction areas will include such topics as: bullying; online predators; drug/alcohol awareness; confidence building, team-building exercises; a tour of the jail and examination of the juvenile court system.

The classes will be held from 8-11 a.m. July 25-29 for 25 qualifying students. Eligibility requirements include any male or female with a good disciplinary school record and good attendance record. Any male or female going into grades 6th through the 8th for the 2016-2017 school year will be considered.

The cost is free to any qualifying students. For more information, please contact your school’s SRO or the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office.

Note: The WCSO SRO school camp is not associated with Wilson County Schools.