Sheriff swears in youngest recruits

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Sheriff swears in youngest recruits in Madison County history

The youngest crop of recruits in Madison County history were sworn in by Sheriff Buddy Harwood at Hot Springs Elementary.

“I promise to do my best, to report for duty on time,” Harwood said during a ceremony with junior deputies ranging from second through fourth grades.

“You guys are hereby deputies now, are you ready to go to work?” he asked the excited group. “We got work to do, don’t we guys?”

The newly sworn junior deputies included Zackery Kirkpatrick, Jose Lopez, Morgan Buckner, Dalton Elkins, Jenna Reese and Jacob Ensley. Harwood said the plan is to expand the program to other schools and higher grade levels.

The six students will give the staff and SRO Scott Lunsford an extra set of eyes and ears on campus while encouraging them to be role models for other classmates. The kids will be assigned to direct students and parents on campus each day.

“We’re in Hot Springs, a rural part of the county, but a loving part of the county,” Harwood said. “And these kids know each other and respect each other, so we wanted to start in this location.

“It’s important, because we can groom the children at these ages to learn to obey the rules.”

Some junior deputies are already curious about law enforcement, so the program is a great starting point.


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  1. Fredrik Montelius on

    People were always interested to be on the bullies team. If they believe the bullies are the good guys and do the right things, all the better. Many police officers suffer from psychological troubles from conflicting interests and a conscious trying to guide them right, personally. As awareness of the evil sides of the Police forces increases, they will have to increase salaries or recruit lesser educated people who had to struggle a lot against the poverty they suffered, to even maintain the oppressive state police force.

  2. Sandra mccallum on

    It was in the eighties I was called a conspiracy theorist when I suggested the agenda of the United nations rights of the child bill, was to ultimately militarized children. And take away the rights of the parent.

  3. “Give me the child for the first seven years and I will give you the man.”- as the Jesuit motto goes.
    “Obey the rules”… Then, (if not already), they will be encouraged to keep an eye on their parents & siblings for not obeying the rules.
    Offer rewards and/or prestige for the rooting out of ‘wrong-thinkers’ and, strangely enough, huge numbers of them will inevitably be reported.
    We’ve seen this before haven’t we…?

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