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With a quick glance at the growing weekly public safety pages in The Brunswick Beacon, readers can easily see there’s a lot of crime going on in our community.
From forgeries to vandalism and countless crimes in between, the break-ins, assaults and drug arrests here keep Brunswick County law enforcement officials busy.
With a growing number of reported crimes, we’re glad to see the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is taking a proactive approach to reducing crimes.
Not long ago, the sheriff’s office launched the K-9 enforcement team. Together with their drug-sniffing and assailant-tracking dogs, deputies are beating the streets and stopping vehicles in well-known drug areas, all in an effort to limit the amount of drugs and other crimes that happen in our community.
Just this month, the sheriff’s office launched another new program—the Aggressive Criminal Enforcement (ACE) team. ACE team members work closely with K-9 officers and the department’s Drug Enforcement Unit to help take down drug traffickers and enforce traffic laws. Like the K-9 team, they target hot spots where known criminal activity has been reported.
But the office hasn’t stopped there. Recently, Sheriff John Ingram has called upon the public to get more involved. The department’s Citizens’ Academy teaches everyday people in the community what being a law enforcement officer here is all about.
The sheriff’s department is also looking for retired law enforcement personnel in Brunswick County who would like to help volunteer at the office. Those who respond may be used to help investigators work on cold cases, assist with special events, do clerical work or help victims.
If you want to know more about things going on at the sheriff’s office, you can read a weekly column about the organization in a new feature that appears each week on our public safety page. The column highlights law enforcement activities, salutes hard working officers and offers safety tips and things to keep a close eye on.
These new initiatives are among the many good deeds already being done on a daily basis by deputies and detectives. Together with municipal police departments, the state highway patrol and other valuable public safety personnel, they are on the streets risking their lives to make Brunswick County a safer place to live and work. We’re glad they’re here.