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PROGRAMS
 
"CHILD ABUSE RESPONSE TEAM"
Recently, we implemented a program for the purpose of localizing all child abuse reports. With the cooperation of the Department of Social Services, Child Medical Examiners, Court Advocates, Family Resources and the District Attorney's Office, we work vigorously to investigate all child abuse reports.
 
Working closely with all concerned agencies ensures prompt investigation and reduces the trauma for victims and their families, The Rutherford County Sheriff's Department has an officer assigned to investigate child abuse cases. I assure that our department will work diligently to provide a safe environment for our children.
 
"CRIMESTOPPERS"
Crimestoppers of Rutherford County is a program established for the purpose of obtaining information about criminal activity. 
 
Crime Stoppers of Rutherford County offers monetary rewards up to $2,000 for information leading to an arrest for : any serious crime, the location of stolen property, the location of wanted persons and the location of illegal drugs.
 
Crime Stoppers provides anonymity (callers are given a code number instead of being asked to leave their name and calls are not traced or recorded).
 
From anonymous information furnished by citizens, Crime Stoppers of Rutherford County strives to reduce crime through an expanded and stronger relationship between our community, police and media.
 
HOW TO GIVE A CRIMESTOPPERS TIP
If you have any information about a crime that been committed...
 
Call the Crime Stoppers Tip Line...286 TIPS(828-286-8477).
 
Your information will be taken in strictest confidence. Anonymity is protected and you never have to give your name or any information about yourself. 
 
Your will be given a code number. This should be kept to yourself in order to remain anonymous.
 
After a few weeks, call Lt. Leon Godlock at (828-287-6395) GIVING ONLY YOUR CONFIDENTIAL TIP CODE NUMBER and you will receive an update on the status of the investigation.
 
Tips that lead to the arrest of suspects , as well as the recovery of stolen property and drugs are eligible for CASH REWARDS which are paid to tipsters on an anonymous basis.
 
"OPERATION ID"
In 1991, with the assistance of the Henderson County Sheriff's Department, we implemented the B7E Task Force. This program is designed to open communications between surrounding counties and provide local law enforcement with much needed assistance in solving property crimes. 
 
Establishing good communication networks with other law enforcement departments has resulted in numerous arrest and seizure of several thousand dollars of stolen property. In order to decrease the incidence of property crimes, a consolidated effort is necessary and the Rutherford County Sheriff's Department is once again leading the effort in this fight. 
 
Presently, there are six surrounding western North Carolina Counties and three upstate South Carolina Counties participating in our task force.
 
"K-9 PROGRAM"
In 1991 the Canine Program was started by purchasing a drug detecting dog. Since that time we have used the "K-9" program for drug confiscations, tracking fleeing suspects, searching buildings, officer protection and many public awareness demonstrations. 
 
The "K-9" program has proven to be a successful addition to the Rutherford County Sheriff's Department. With the success of this program, it has been expanded to include a bloodhound, for the purposes of tracking and locating individuals who are missing or are wanted fugitives.
 
"EMERGENCY COMMAND CENTER"
Contains the most modern, updated communications equipment and mapping system. Is to be used in the event of any type emergency, county wide. The Command Center is available to municipalities and the Emergency Management Coordinator.
 
"HELICOPTER PROGRAM"
The Department has acquired a OH-58 Military Surplus Helicopter.  The upkeep of this helicopter is costing the taxpayers of Rutherford County nothing. All maintenance, fuel, hanger space is paid for strictly by donated funds.
 
 
 
"MEDICINE DROP BOX"
The Medicine Drop Box is located in the lobby of the Rutherford County Sheriff's Office at 198 N. Washington St in Rutherfordton.
Accessible hours are 8:30 am - 5:00 pm. Monday - Friday.
 
Rx and over the counter medicine accepted.
All pills must be in a bottle, blister pack, or sealed plastic food storage bag.
All bottles of liquid medication must be placed inside a sealed  food storage bag.
RADIOACTIVE CHEMOTHERAPY DRUGS ARE NOT ACCEPTED.