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By Marlana Smith
Shelby County Sheriff Arron Fredrickson admitted his first couple of months in office have been both fun and challenging.
“I have used a lot more brain power, than I thought I would versus going out and doing traffic stops,” Fredrickson added.
He is still investigating crimes and working cases, but has taken on new roles as Sheriff.
Fredrickson has been managing the budget, jail and the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) in general.
“The best thing I have going for me is my support staff,” Fredrickson continued. “All the way from the dispatchers, deputies and to my secretary, they have all rallied around me and given me support and help. They help me work out situations and circumstances.
“I have a great staff working with me.”
At the beginning of February, the deputies started wearing body cameras.
“This is for the community and the deputies’ protection, safety and transparency,” Fredrickson said.
The Shelby County Jail has acquired CIDNET Kiosk, a phone system, which allows families to have video visits and text messages due to COVID restrictions with in person visitations.
According to the Sheriff, the system allows inmates to fill out any forms needed such as: medical request, grievances, jail maintenances, etc.
It allows for better and more streamlined communication between inmates and jail staff.
The Sheriff, in conjunction with county commissioners, is sending new deputies to the Law Enforcement Training Institute, University of Missouri Extension in Columbia in May. Caleb Barton and Caleb Brown are scheduled to graduate Aug. 20. Fredrickson is looking forward to their return as the SCSO is short staffed.
Fredrickson wants citizens to be able to depend on the Sheriff’s Office.
“No matter how small the situation is, if they have a suspicion or have a crime, I want people to feel like they can call us, and we will respond and take it seriously,” Fredrickson said.
The Sheriff encourages the community to call the SCSO if there are any issues or complaints or if citizens have ideas to make the community better or to make the Sheriff’s Office run smoother.
If someone sees any suspicious active or crime, they can call (573) 633-2161 to report it anonymously.