The Macon Sheriff’s Department Annual Report showed, among other changes, an increase in cleared cases, usually ending in an arrest.  Click to hear KMZU’s Sarah Scott speak with Sheriff Robert Dawson:

Robert Dawson

The purpose of the annual report is to explain to the citizens the operations of the Sheriff’s Department, provide crime statistics and explain their efforts to serve the public.

According to the report, the division is supervised by Chief Deputy Thomas Skinner and there are 8 deputies assigned to cover the county 24 hours a day.  In January 2011 they began supervising the Day Reporting program.  This program requires persons charged with a non-violent crime to report daily at the Macon County Jail for drug testing.  The Jail administered approximately 425 drug test in 2011.

In December 2011 the Macon County Sheriff’s office completed training on the MULES (Mules Uniform Law Enforcement) computer network.  The service had previously been provided by another agency.  The switch saves taxpayers between $5,000 and $18,000 and provides deputies with more accurate and timely information.

The Sheriff implemented a vehicle purchasing program where all vehicles are purchased from the civil fund, which results in no cost to taxpayers.  The Department also purchased low-mileage used cars in an effort to save money.

In August 2011, the department implemented the Macon County Community Service Program.  This community corrections program gives offenders an option to do service work in the community as a restitution for their crimes.  Since it began, over 50 clients have performed over 1300 hours of community service for community organizations, not for profit agencies, and communities in Macon County.

For more information contact Sheriff Robert Dawson at the Macon County Sheriff’s Office, 660-385-2062.