After only 3 months in office, the changes and foward thinking of the newly elected sheriff can be seen all around the department as well as the county.

The Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office is taking a progressive role in the communities and entire county. Sheriff Dotson in a constant effort to improve the department is working on officer training and department interaction with the public.

Since coming into office, the sheriff’s office has launched it’s RX Takeback Program, installing a drop-box at the Sheriff’s Office and will be hosting it’s 2nd RX Takeback day on April 30th. RX Takeback sites will be located at the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office and the parking lot of the Imboden Area Charter School. The program is focused on providing a safe alternative for disposing of old, out of date prescription drugs.

Another program the Sheriff has put into place is the new website for the Sheriff’s Office. The website contains information about the department and also allows for tips to be sent in private to the Sheriff about illegal actions. It also host the “Most Wanted” page, this page is vital to the Sheriff and his deputies. Information gathered from the public has already led to several arrest and is sure to lead to more.

Just last week the Sheriff added the “Online Fine Payment System” to the site, this allows anyone to pay their fines online via credit card, a service that was not available at the Sheriff’s Office prior to this.

The Sheriff is also increasing training for his Reserve Deputy Program. Reserve and full time have already had “Defensive Driving” classes, “Bias Based Police Training” and will have training later this month on “Meth Awareness” and in May will be taking a “Prescription Drug Awareness” class.

The Sheriff’s Office along with the Arkansas Sheriff’s Association has also hosted Drug Awareness Programs at both Sloan Hendrix Elementary and Black Rock Elementary in the last two weeks.

The Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office, it’s Criminal Investigation Division and Deputies have been very busy in the short time the new sheriff has been in office.

Our county as a whole seems to be headed in a positive direction. The Sheriff’s Office has the support of one of the finest Dispatch Centers in the state of Arkansas. Along with the cooperation of the local fire departments, city police agencies and EMS residents can sleep soundly knowing that we are protected well in Lawrence County.

For more information on the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office, visit their site at