Grayson County Sheriff Norman Chaffins announced last Thursday, Feb. 4 that Deputy Joey Beasley has been voted 2015 Deputy of the Year.
Beasley is a three-and-a-half-year veteran with the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office (GCSO) and was selected as Deputy of the Year by his peers.
“It was an honor that they voted for me,” Beasley said of the recognition. “I’m just glad to get to do the job.”
“Joey’s work ethic and professionalism reflect great credit upon himself, his family, the Sheriff’s Office, and Grayson County,” Chaffins said in a recent news release.
Joey Beasley and his wife, Heather, have two children, Alex and Lane.
“We are glad to have Joey and his family as part of our GCSO family,” said Chaffins. “Please congratulate him when you see him out and about.”
Also on Thursday, the GCSO released its 2015 Activity and Budget Report, in which Chaffins reflected on the previous year and looked forward to this year.
“The Grayson County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the citizens of Grayson County for their support and patience in 2015,” said Chaffins in the release. “Overall, it was a successful year for the Office.”
In 2015, the GCSO implemented new policies and procedures for its deputies to ensure accountability within their ranks and provided more training and opportunities for overtime for deputies, outside of regular in-services, in an attempt to increase morale and professionalize the Office, according to Chaffins.
In conjunction with the Leitchfield Police Department, the GCSO also restarted the local Neighborhood Watch program.
“We have decreased the number of warrants and criminal summons currently on our wall by releasing names of those that have papers on them,” Chaffins said. “As a result, many citizens have come into the office rather than a deputy showing up to serve them, to take care of their court papers.”
The GCSO purchased two new and four used “much needed” police cruisers for road deputies, as well, Chaffins said.
Chaffins said the GCSO took steps to become more actively involved in the schools by having deputies volunteer their time to do programs and impact Grayson County’s young people.
The GCSO raised over $6,000 for the 2015 Shop With A Cop program and implemented the FastPath system at GCHS and GCMS to ensure faster response time for first responders during an emergency situation, with the remainder of the schools to be done this year.
Chaffins said the GCSO has also strengthened its working relationship with other police agencies by reaching out to their leaders and conducting multi-agency warrant round-ups in Grayson County.
Additionally, the GCSO gave a small raise to its road deputies; purchased bullet-resistant vests for deputies whose vests were outdated or who did not have one; and purchased other needed equipment and clothing for road deputies that some were purchasing out of their own pockets, according to Chaffins.
“We collected over $10,000,000 in property taxes and distributed it to the respective entities,” said Chaffins in the release. “We did all this with limited staff and still came in at over $100,000 under our proposed 2015 budget. The majority of the Sheriff’s Office budget goes to pay the salaries of our deputies, court security personnel, and office staff with the purchase of gasoline, office supplies, and vehicle maintenance and repairs coming in a close second.”
In an effort to keep Grayson Countians informed of its activities, the GCSO has released monthly activity reports and news releases, as well.
In 2015, GCSO deputies attempted to serve over 4,300 civil papers, criminal summons, and warrants, and, of those, the GCSO served over 2,000.
The GCSO opened over 270 criminal cases, made over 500 criminal arrests, and arrested over 55 DUIs, as well as responded to over 6,306 calls for service, conducted over 450 extra patrol requests, worked over 340 crashes, and assisted over 300 stranded motorists, according to the report.
“In all, our Office had well over 10,000 citizen contacts in just one year,” said Chaffins, adding that this number does not include the citizens who went into the office to pay their property taxes.
“At the GCSO, we understand the importance of ‘service above self,’” Chaffins said. “Although we still have a lot of work to do, you should expect the highest standards of conduct and professionalism from this Office in 2016 as we strive to be the most professional and best trained Sheriff’s Office in the state of Kentucky.”
Reach Matt Lasley at 270-259-9622, ext. 2015.