The Etowah County Sheriff's Office Public Information department direct leadership and administration as it relates to public information, education and public relations.
The Public Information Officer serves as the departmental point of contact with the media and public and maintains on call status at all times.
Other responsibilities include:
- Provide the public with timely and accurate information pertaining to criminal investigations and special events through various media sources.
- Coordinate, arrange, and facilitate events such as news conferences, speaking engagements and presentations for clubs, civic and religious groups, school programs and other public events.
- Foster a positive relationship with the media and public through various means.
- Maintain and update the department website.
Contact: Natalie Barton, Public Information Officer
Nixle is a communication system that connects residents with the agencies that serve and protect them. Residents can use Nixle to receive information ranging from critical alerts to community news. Additionally, residents can choose how they receive this information -- by SMS (text message), email, over the Web or by mobile application.
The system is simple to use and provides an easy sign-up process. Register now and learn more at www.nixle.com.
In an effort to better serve and protect citizens in Etowah County, Sheriff Todd Entrekin partners with the Northeast Alabama Traffic Safety Office to provide the Yellow Dot Program. The Yellow Dot Program is designed to assist citizens and first responders in the event of an automobile accident. The program can help save lives by improving communication at a time when accident victims may not be able to communicate for themselves.
Etowah County was chosen to pilot the Yellow Dot Program in Alabama, in 2009, due in part to the higher than state average of citizens age 65 and older. Currently, 36 counties in Alabama are participating in the program.
The Yellow Dot Program is a cooperative effort between local Sheriff's Deputies, Fire Departments, Emergency Medical Services, Police Officers, State Troopers, Non-Profits, Civic and Religious Organizations.
How Does the Program Work?
Participants of the program will have their picture taken, complete a personal information form and will be given a Yellow Dot folder and decal. All of the essential information will be placed into the folder and then into the glove box of their car. The Yellow Dot decal will be placed in the lower left corner of the rear window of the participant's car. The decal alerts first responders that medical information can be found in the glove compartment.
This information helps first responders get in touch with emergency contacts and ensures that a person's current medication and conditions are considered when treatments are administered for injuries.
How Much Does It Cost to Sign-Up?
It is a FREE service provided to individuals of all ages, with an emphasis on senior citizens.
Where Can I Sign-Up?
Individuals wanting to participate in the Yellow Dot Program can sign-up at one of the permanent enrollment locations:
- Etowah County Sheriff's Office, 827 Forrest Avenue, Gadsden, 256-546-2825
- Northeast AL Traffic Safety Office, Etowah Co. Courthouse, Gadsden, 256-549-8142
- Gadsden Fire Department, Main Office, 322 Walnut Street, Gadsden, 256-549-4580
- Family Success Center, A United Way Agency, 821 Broad Street, Gadsden, 256-547-6888
- Rural/Metro Ambulance, 1516 West Grand Avenue, Gadsden, 256-442-1611
- 12th Street Baptist Church, 800 West Grand Avenue, Rainbow City, 256-546-0471
- Southside Baptist Church, 3975 Highway 77, Southside, 256-442-8602
Special enrollment events will be held at various locations in the county throughout the year.
Employees with the Sheriff's Office are available to attend career fairs to speak with students one-on-one or in small groups about the law enforcement profession and answer questions concerning their work.
Students are introduced to:
- Patrol Deputies
- Detention Deputies
- Special Operations Detail Deputies
- Aviation Unit
- Marine Division
- Motorcycle Unit
- Joint Special Operations Group
- Drug Task Force
**CURRENTLY UNDER RENOVATION**
The educational mobile unit is a kid-friendly space that teaches about the dangers of crime and substance abuse. The education unit includes informative displays, educational videos and more.
The educational mobile unit is a converted FEMA trailer that is now equipped with two flat screen TV's, a LCD marquee sign and two large display cases that show an assortment of drugs and paraphernalia, the makings of a meth lab, contraband and various types of guns.
The unit is available to travel to schools and community events.
Sheriff's deputies and employees participate yearly in the Law Enforcement Special Olympics Torch Run. The Flame of Hope torch is carried on a one-mile run from the James D. Martin Wildlife Sanctuary, South 11th Street, to the opening ceremony at Gadsden City High School. An athlete will join sheriff's office runners at the high school to officially begin the Special Olympics.
According to www.specialolympics.org, "More than 85, 000 law enforcement officers will carry the Flame of Hope across 35 nations, raising awareness and funds for Special Olympics."
The Sheriff's Office annually joins the Etowah County Commission for County Government Day. The day gives seniors, from all ten high schools, the ability to learn about the essentials of county government and how it functions on a daily basis.
Students are given a tour of the Courthouse, Judicial Building and Sheriff's Office. As they visit the Sheriff's Office, they have the opportunity to go inside the detention center, tour the educational mobile unit and view various other resources used by deputies, investigators and drug task force agents.
A Message From The Sheriff
This site is maintained as a public service for the citizens of Etowah County. As Sheriff, it is my pleasure to serve you in this manner. If you have any questions or suggestions, please feel free to contact us.