As your Sheriff, I want everyone to be alert, smart and safe. Keeping it that way is our job; but it’s also yours. The Scotland County Sheriff's Office has taking an active part in the community by showing you how to prevent crime. I have giving it a name and it is called "Target Hardening." We teach you how to spot frauds and avoid scams. We help organize neighborhood watch groups. We issue sex offender alerts. We provide auto theft prevention tips. We arrange Sheriff's Office tours and ride-alongs and most of all, we listen. Sometimes people get nervous around police officers but we’re here to help. Please take the time to say hello and get to know us. We’ve dedicated our lives to giving back, serving our community and protecting you. Below are just a few of the problems we have established to help you not become a victim of crime and all of these programs are free. If you need further information please contact us.
Sheriff Ralph Kersey
Sheriff Ralph Kersey
The Scotland County Sheriff's Office is staying proactive on crime prevention. Community Crime Mapping helps the public get a better idea of the crime activity in their area so they can make more informed decisions about how to stay safe.
Community Crime Map, connects law enforcement with the community to reduce crime and improve public safety. Community Crime Map goes beyond crime mapping by automatically alerting the public about recent crime activity and by improving communication between the public and law enforcement through anonymous tips.
Click on the link below and sign up for your crime alerts.
Scotland County Sheriff's Office is connected to Mobile Patrol!
Mobile Patrol helps sheriffs' offices rapidly communicate vital public safety information such as emergency alerts, jail bookings, VINE notifications, arrest warrants, and lists of most-wanted persons and sex offenders. Users of the app can also send crime tips and offender sightings directly to the sheriff's office.
Please take the time today and download your free app.
Nextdoor is the world’s largest social network for the neighborhood. Nextdoor enables truly local conversations that empower neighbors to build stronger and safer communities. Nextdoor can be used to find a trustworthy babysitter, recommended house painter, spread the word about a lost dog,
organize a neighborhood watch group, quickly get the word out about a break-in, share information during a natural disaster, receive information from local public agencies,
find a new home and much more.
Nextdoor is free, and it’s easy to
The #9pmRoutine is the Sheriff's Office public safety social media campaign that we created to help remind citizens to remember to lock up your vehicles and homes every evening, remove valuables from your vehicle, ensure that vehicle doors and trunks are locked, check that gates to your property & doors, turn on exterior lights and secure you storage buildings and property.
Every night at 9 pm a post is made on Sheriff Ralph Kersey Facebook page reminding everyone about their 9pmRoutine check.
The Sheriff's Neighborhood Engagement Team is officers from the Sheriff's Office engaging their neighbors in a cause common to everyone – fighting crime.
Officers knocked on doors, shake hands and passed out fliers to promote crime prevention and recruit our neighbors to become a part of the Sheriff’s Neighborhood Engagement Team.
“Without community engagement, you become a little less connected". "If you don’t care about your neighbors, why should they care about you"?
ReportIt lets you securely store serial numbers, item descriptions, pictures, and scans of receipts so that your items may be more easily identified in the event of theft or loss.
ReportIt is provided to you because the Scotland County Sheriff's Office wants you to be prepared in the event of a theft or loss. It's a proactive tool that allows you to easily catalog information about your valuables. This includes serial numbers, owner applied numbers, photos of property and scans of receipts. It's completely internet based, so you never have to worry about losing the data you have saved.
How much does ReportIt cost?
ReportIt is free and available to residents in the jurisdictions LeadsOnline serves, and each account may store up to 100 items.
The Scotland County Sheriff’s Office has an enhanced strategy to reduce crime and engage the community. Residents can join the Sheriff’s Neighborhood Engagement Team (Sheriff’s NET), (Knock and Talk).
You and your neighbors can meet with deputies monthly to discuss crime trends and crime prevention strategies. This is your opportunity to meet one-on-one with them and tell them what is really happening in your neighborhood.
You can learn how the Scotland County Sheriff’s Office works for you. For more information call or email.
The Scotland County Sheriff's Office is excited to announce that they are a ProTechDNA.com approved Law Enforcement Agency. This means anyone can go to www.protechdna.com and get their FREE DNA Gel (Shipping of around $4 only) This Gel has microchips the size of a grain of sand that is placed on your valuables (One Gel pack can mark 80 to 100 items to include Jewelry, trailers, ATV's, Guns etc...) If your Valuables are ever stolen and you inform Law Enforcement that they were protected with ProtechDNA, our deputies would be able to use a light source and special lens to identify the DNA marker and access a database. This Database shows Law Enforcement the owner information, so it can be identified and returned. If you want any further information on this or help marking your items please contact the Scotland County Sheriff's Office .
When a deputy observes anything of valued in someone’s yard that is unattended and unsecured, the deputy will stop at the residence to speak with someone about securing the item. If no one is home, then the deputy will place a door knob hanger on the door of the residence describing the unsecured items and remind the person to always secure valuable items before leaving home. The deputy will also record the date and time item(s) were observed..
Though many people assume that vandals and thieves would not want to focus on crimes against churches, sometimes the opposite is true. In fact, the word is getting out that it can be easy to break into church buildings to steal or cause damage because of their lack of security efforts.
In some cases, churches almost invite problems because they have not taken the steps necessary to protect the church facilities. Beyond the standard steps of providing adequate lighting, locking doors and windows, and trimming bushes around entrances and windows, a congregation may also help protect its property by forming a “Church Watch Program.”
The process to set up such a program is fairly straightforward and won’t damper your church budget. By adhering to the following guidelines, you are taking steps that may end up protecting the resources and facilities God has entrusted to your care:
· Educate members that the protection of church resources and facility is an act of good stewardship.
· Invite members to make an effort to drive around the church property whenever they are out and about in the neighborhood.
· Ask them to look for suspicious activity, cars, or people.
· Encourage them to observe unusual activities, and call the police if they believe something looks out of the ordinary.
· Ask them not to confront individuals or take any unnecessary risks.
· Invite church neighbors to also report anything suspicious to the appropriate authorities.
· Use the church newsletter or bulletins to remind members of the watch program and to thank them for their participation in making your church community a safer place to worship.
The added traffic through your parking lots and around your facility will be a significant deterrent to potential vandals and thieves. By taking the time to ask for the assistance of all church attendees and members, your property and resources can stay better protected and ministry can continue uninterrupted. Further, members may take a more active role in the overall safety and security of all areas of ministry. If you would like more information contact us.
According to the American Pet Products Association (APPA), there are over seventy five million dog owners across the nation.
That’s dozens, if not hundreds, of neighbors walking their dog throughout the community at all times of the day, all days of the week, in all weather conditions, who are often preoccupied with texting, chatting, emailing and listening to music. Dog Walker Watch encourages these neighbors to assist local law enforcement as extra eyes and ears while out walking their dog. The program enhances the partnership between police and community while providing resources for neighbors to be more aware and how to effectively observe and report suspicious activity.
National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live. National Night Out enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community. Furthermore, it provides a great opportunity to bring police and neighbors together under positive circumstances