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.