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Norfork's 1st Grade Students Back Blue!


  Norfork School District’s first grade class visited the Baxter County Sheriff’s Office for a tour of the facility with Sheriff Montgomery.  The Students brought a Banner stating “Norfork 1st Graders Back Blue”, they also provided a cake for the officers. Everyone here at the Sheriff's Office wants to thank the students and staff at Norfork for their support!


Deputy Cox added to Congressional Record

20160726_113501_resized.jpg  Field Representative Stetson Painter for Senator John Boozman's office presents Deputy Billy Cox with a certificate and Congressional Record for the Proceedings and Debates of the 114th Congress, Second Session.


Deputy Cox was recognized during the 114th Congressional Session by Senator John Boozman. Senator Boozman stated during the second session,

"I rise today to pay tribute to the Baxter County Sheriff's Deputy Billy Cox, the American Legion Department of Arkansas Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Award recipient.

  Deputy Cox has dedicated 13 years to Law Enforcement and currently serves as the Norfork School Resource Officer.He provides a law enforcement presence, but also uses his skills and experiences to help students learn and grow in a safe environment through D.A.R.E. and other youth safety programs. Having worked as a Paramedic for two decades, he also teaches CPR to high school students.

Known as "Officer Billy" to the students and educators around the Norfork School District, Deputy Cox is a positive role model for the students. Students rely on him to listen to their problems and he is always patient and willing to listen.  Norfork High School Principal Bobby Hulse says Deputy Cox means a lot to the students and staff.

His dedication to Law Enforcement has earned Deputy Cox certifications in drug abuse education and gang resistance education. He is a state-certified Drug Recognition Expert.

The American Legion Department of Arkansas Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Award recognizes Law Enforcement Officers who exceed their responsibilities in uniform and show a commitment to community service.  Deputy Cox was nominated for this award by his supervisor, Lt. Ralph Bird because of the huge impact he's had on students and the citizens in the county.

Deputy Cox is well-deserving of this recognition. His dedication, devotion and commitment to Baxter County and Norfork School District are apparent every day.

I offer my congratulations to Deputy Cox for receiving this honor and wish him continued success in his law enforcement career".

The Baxter County Sheriff's Office is proud of Deputy Cox and appreciative to Senator John Boozman for recognizing him during the 114th Congressional second session.

Cotter Graduates DARE Class




 School Resource Officer Deputy Edward Elliott graduated 45, 5th grade D.A.R.E. students at Cotter Elementary May 6th. Deputy Elliott, Principal Airl Cheek, Superintendent Don Sharp and Sheriff John Montgomery spoke to students about what they had learned in D.A.R.E. and how those lessons would help in the future.


           Baxter County Deputy Elliott Congratulates the Graduating Class

on their accomplishments during the year.




Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) Chapter President Whitney

Barkes Spoke to students about how D.A.R.E.

can help prepare them for life.




Lieutenant Bird, Sheriff Montgomery, Superintendent Sharpe

and Principal Cheek shake hands with students as they cross the stage to

receive their D.A.R.E. diploma.



     The Sheriff's Office hosted training this week for the Field Officer Training (FTO) Course.  This is a 32 hour class that certifies officers to be FTOs for newly hired officers after they have graduated from the basic academy class or have been hired after having worked for other agencies. 

     Field Training focuses on evaluation and documentation of the performance of new officers, as well as getting new officers accustomed to the operational procedures and policies of the law enforcement agency they will be working for.  Field Training gives the agency an opportunity to identify strong points in the officer's performance and character as well as to identify and correct deficiencies or weaknesses.  Officers are required to satisfactorily complete field training before being released for solo patrol duties.

     Those officers graduating are pictured with Sheriff Montgomery.  They are Corporal William Altazan, CID Sergeant Brad Hurst, MHPD Corporal Jonathan Griffin, Corporal Sheri Lewis, Deputy Tracy Munson, Investigator Scott Thrasher, and MHPD Sergeant Robert McCoy.

Sheriff Montgomery Reads to Students

Cotter School District Head Start Students got a visit Friday from Sheriff John Montgomery.  Sheriff Montgomery read “The Biggest Snowman Every” a story about accomplishing anything you put your mind to.  About 15 Head Start Students enjoyed the story and the chance to spend some time with the Sheriff.

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