Message from the Sheriff

I started my tenure as Sheriff December 1st, 2010.  It has been a very busy first year.  We managed through 2 major snowstorms.  We dealt with a rash of daylight burglaries which led to the arrest of 4 suspects and the recovery of several thousand dollars of property.  The arrest led to the clearing of burglary cases in Coffey, Greenwood, Chase and Wabaunsee Counties.

On May 21st an F-3 tornado tore through our Lyon County town of Reading.  Tragically we lost one life to the tornado.  Our hearts go out to the family and the citizens of Reading.  The initial response and the subsequent needs exhausted our resources.  We were able to obtain help from 20 other Law Enforcement agencies from across the state to assist.  I was humbled by the outpouring of support from the citizens of Lyon County and all across the United States.  We continue to work with the City of Reading as they recover and look towards the future.

We started the S.A.F.E. program in January.  The program was very successful in the first 5 months of 2011.  Please take time to look at the link for more information about the program.  We will continue it for the 2011-2012 school years.

In April we changed how we deal with medical issues in the detention center.  We signed a contract with Advanced Correctional Healthcare to provide prisoner medical care.  We are realizing a savings of 2500 dollars a month since the contract was signed.  We will continue to analyze the program to insure it is cost effective.

I am very proud of our staff at the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office.  The men and women of the Office work hard to keep Lyon County a safe place to live.  The next time you see one of the staff, please take time to tell them thank you.

Thank you for the opportunity to serve Lyon County.

Jeffrey A. Cope

Lyon County Sheriff

“Character” is doing what is right when no one is watching.

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