Sub-station will serve the Calico Rock area
The Izard County Sheriff's Department opened a new sub-station at the Crestview Terrace apartment complex May 20 in Calico Rock.
Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence said the new outpost will give the sheriff's office a greater presence in the area."If you look at the county in geographical terms there are three population centers -- Melbourne, Horseshoe Bend and Calico Rock," Lawrence said. "Of the three, Calico Rock was the only one without a permanent law enforcement presence."
Lawrence said approximately one third of all calls received by the sheriff's department originate from Calico Rock.The Izard County Sheriff's Department is the only law enforcement agency that regularly patrols the Calico Rock area.
The sub-station will be manned by three deputies, Ed Sollock, Gabe Sanders and Jeff Shehan, Lawrence said. He said other law enforcement officers, such as criminal investigator James Humphries, may use the office when they are working on cases in the area.
Lawrence said the facility will not be open 24 hours a day but will be available to law enforcement officials round the clock.
No other personnel will work in the office, Lawrence said. "We just don't have that luxury right now," he said.
The new sub-station doesn't have a holding cell; suspects who are arrested will still have to be transported to the Izard County Detention Center in Melbourne.
The White River Housing Authority donated the office space for the sub-station at no cost, Lawrence said.
Executive Director Dennis Wiles of the White River Regional Housing Authority,said his agency was happy to make the donation.
"It's obvious that we need a greater law enforcement presence in western Izard County," Wiles said.
Lawrence said the sub-station is the brainchild of Wiles and Izard County Justice of the Peace James Elbert.
Crestview Terrace is a 25-unit Housing and Urban Development facility, Wiles said.
After the completion of a community center at Crestview Terrace, Wiles said he and Elbert discussed the possibility of placing a sub-station inside the apartment complex.The front office for the Crestview Terrace apartments was relocated into the community center, leaving a vacant office.
Lawrence said Wiles and Elbert approached him about opening a sub-station two months ago.
"I thought it was a great idea," Lawrence said. "It was definitely something we needed."
Deputy Jeff Shehan lives in the apartments, Wiles said. He said his agency allows officers to live in HUD-approved apartments if they wish to do so.