Sheriff Cook speaks to the Manila Lions
Mississippi County Sheriff Dale Cook was welcomed by the Manila Lions Club Wednesday, Feb. 22. Sheriff Cook, introduced by Lion Danny Robbins, served as guest speaker for the noon meeting.
Cook gave an overview of the sheriff's office and the county jail. He said there are 40 employees serving in the Sheriff's Department and 53 in the jail facility for a total of 93 employees.
He said his office had taken a role in the recent flooding on the ground and by helicopter keeping a close watch on the levees in the county.
He talked of the CID efforts in burglary such as the copper thieves and Drug Task Force stopping the transport and distribution of illegal drugs in the county.
"Mississippi County is the seventh largest county in the state," he said. "We have 920 square miles. It is the 15th largest in population. It was established in 1833 and has two county courthouses. The first one was established in Osceola and the second in Blytheville."
He said there are approximately 130 inmates in the jail. It can hold 200.
"We have about 10 state inmates at the present time," he said. "We have had as many as 50 waiting to go to the state prison."
He said the drug task force is a combined force made up of officers from Blytheville, Osceola, Jonesboro, Craighead County, and Mississippi County.
Sheriff Cook gave the Lions a review of the major arrests and the amount of drugs taken off the streets in 2011.
"It has been a joint effort," he said.
He expressed his pride in the Sheriff's Department and other agencies.
He talked of the officers working on the interstate and plans to acquire a new drug dog to work with them on the interstate.
"Mississippi County is my home county," Sheriff Cook said. "I was raised in the Etowah Community. I graduated from Missco High School. I was on the school board at Missco when Manila and Missco merged. I think we made a wise decision."
He answered several questions and heard comments from Lion Club members.