News from the desk of Sheriff Potter


“Beyond the Badge: Honoring Telecommunicators and Correctional Officers”

From April 14th to April 20th, we celebrated National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week, a time dedicated to honoring the invaluable contributions of those who work behind the scenes to ensure our safety.

Our telecommunicators are the lifeline between those in distress and the first responders who rush to their aid. They are the calm voice on the other end of the line during moments of chaos and uncertainty, providing crucial assistance and dispatching help with precision and efficiency. These dedicated individuals not only serve the Sheriff's Office but also extend their reach to support the Arcadia Police Department and DeSoto County Fire/EMS, embodying the spirit of collaboration and unity in public safety.

Their commitment to excellence and unwavering dedication to our community are nothing short of heroic. Day in and day out, they answer the call, often facing challenging situations with grace and professionalism. They are the unseen heroes who work tirelessly to ensure that help reaches those in need, often at the most critical moments.

As we express our gratitude for the remarkable work of our telecommunicators, we must also turn our attention to another group of essential first responders: our correctional deputies. In May, from the 5th through the 11th, we will observe National Correctional Officer's Week, a time to honor the brave men and women of the DeSoto County Sheriff's Office Detention Bureau and our state correctional officers.

These dedicated professionals play a vital role in maintaining the safety and security of our community by overseeing those in our care with integrity and compassion. They work tirelessly to uphold the principles of justice and rehabilitation, often in challenging and demanding environments. Their unwavering commitment to duty ensures the DeSoto County Jail operates with the highest standards of professionalism and accountability.

During National Correctional Officer's Week, let us take a moment to express our gratitude and appreciation for the sacrifices made by these brave individuals. Their selfless dedication to the betterment of our community does not go unnoticed, and we are truly grateful for their service.

As we reflect on the past weeks of celebration and recognition, let us continue to support and uplift those who serve on the front lines of public safety. Together, we can honor their sacrifices and ensure that our community remains a safe and thriving place for all.

Be Kind, Be Safe, God Bless.

Sheriff Jim Potter