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September 23, 2013

Elementary students tour Sheriff’s office

Many junior deputies were sworn in at the Cullman County Sheriff’s office on Friday morning, and they happen to be around five-years-old and four-foot tall, as Good Hope Elementary School received tours through the Sheriff’s Office and Detention Center.

In an effort to better connect children to local law enforcement, Sheriff Mike Rainey, Chief Deputy Max Bartlett, Major Scott Clay and other employees assisted in touring Good Hope kindergartners through multiple areas of the sheriff’s office, as well as visiting the detention center. Rainey said he wants children to know that members of law enforcement are there to help.

“Kids sometimes think, ‘If I’m bad I’m going to be taken to jail’ and so deputies are sometime seen as a scare tactic,” Rainey said. “We want children to know that they can come to us for help, we’re not just here to catch the bad guys, we’re also here to help the good guys.”

 The young students were eager to ask questions and excited to see the evidence room and many of the tools the deputies had on display to demonstrate.

Deputy David Nunn showed the students several tools used for assistance in  entering buildings by force including: a “ram” and a ballistic shield. The ram is commonly used as a door breaching tool in order to gain access into a room or building, and the shield is used to defend a user against handguns or shotguns, and other weapons. Evidence Tech Alan Phelps talked with the students about the process of recovering evidence from a crime scene and taking it to a lab to be tested.

“Overall, I think today taught the kids about safety, that they can trust their local law enforcement and it also gave them a little look into what we do,” Rainey said.

Lauren Estes can be reached at or 256-734-2131, ext. 137.

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