Sheriff Jim Hammond and Judge Russell Bean, along with several members of the HCSO staff, conducted a Sheriff’s LAWS Program at the Chattanooga School for the Creative Arts Monday.
The HCSO School LAWS Program is an initiative started in 2016 and stands for “Law Enforcement Actively Working in Schools.” This new and unique program was created by Sheriff Jim Hammond to increase law enforcement’s presence in local schools in cooperation with the many programs already underway as part of the HCSO School Resource Officer Program.
The Sheriff’s School LAWS Program focuses on cultivating lines of communication between students and law enforcement by enabling Sheriff Hammond and Command Staff personnel to personally visit and tour local schools and speak to students about the mission of the HCSO, the importance of being law abiding citizens and staying in school, and any serious issues students may be facing at that particular school. The program also allows the sheriff time to personally discuss individual school issues with the SRO and each school’s principal.
The LAWS Program on Monday included mock exercises that allow students the opportunity to learn how proper vehicle stops are made and how to act appropriately when pulled over by law enforcement.
Judge Russell Bean also spoke to students about the importance of safe driving and the negative, legal repercussions of not obeying traffic laws.
Special thanks to CCA SRO, Rodney Brown, Sergeant Eric Merkle, and Lt. Shaun Shepherd for their assistance in making Monday possible. Also in attendance were Director Gino Bennett and Public Information Officer, Matt Lea.