News from the desk of Sheriff Potter


“Promoting Safe Internet and Social Media Use”
Dear DeSoto County,
I feel a strong sense of duty to protect and serve our community in all aspects of life, including through preventing crime in the digital realm. In this rapidly evolving digital age, the internet and social media have become integral parts of our daily lives, connecting us with loved ones, providing information and fostering close relationships bringing communities closer together. However, as much as these technological advancements have enhanced our lives, they also bring in certain risks I feel it’s best we address together.
In recent years, we have observed an alarming rise in cybercrimes, online scams and instances of cyberbullying, targeting unsuspecting individuals, especially our youth. As your Sheriff, I believe it is our law enforcement agency’s responsibility to raise awareness and provide guidance on how to use the internet and social media safely to protect yourself and others.
We urge parents and guardians in our community to engage in open and honest conversations with their children about internet safety. It is crucial to educate our youth about the potential risks that can be associated with sharing personal information online, interacting with strangers and engaging with phishing scams. By promoting a dynamic of trust and open communication, we can empower our youth to make responsible decisions when using the internet.
And it’s not just the kids at risk, adults in our community are equally essential to remain vigilant against cyber threats. It’s important to always be cautious when sharing personal information or financial details online, especially through websites that may be unfamiliar to you. I advise you to regularly update passwords and ensure they are strong and unique, to best prevent unauthorized access to your online accounts. Report any suspicious activity promptly can help our law enforcement deputies safeguard our digital community.
We understand that social media platforms have become a crucial means of communication for many individuals, and we encourage responsible usage. While these platforms allow us to connect with friends, family, and colleagues, it is essential to exercise discretion and think before posting. Keep in mind, once something is posted online, it could remain there indefinitely, potentially impacting your personal and/or professional life.
As part of our commitment to fostering digital safety, the DCSO prides ourselves on organizing educational and community outreach programs and discussions focused on internet safety. We aim to equip members within our community with the knowledge and tools necessary to protect yourself and their families while navigating through the online world.
I encourage you to help our agency promote a safe and secure digital environment for everyone. By staying informed and implementing responsible internet and social media practices, we can mitigate risks and protect ourselves and our loved ones from potential harm.
Thank you for your continued support in our mission to uphold safety and security in every aspect of our community's lives.
Be Kind, Be Safe, God Bless.
Sheriff James Potter