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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.

Mountain Home Elks make donation to Cotter SADD Chapter

Mountain Home Elks Lodge 1714 made a generous donation to the Cotter High School SADD chapter. Cotter SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) hosts the “After Prom Lock In”.  This donation will help provide more for the graduating High School Students that participate. 

Photographed from left to right: Elks Lodge President Stewart Friend, SADD President Whitney Barkes, SADD Secretary Shawna Martin, SADD Treasurer Samantha Hodges, SADD Vice President Alex Hyde, Baxter County Cotter SRO, Deputy Edward Elliott and Elks Lodge Drug Awareness Chairman John Browning.




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