Sheriff’s office holds quarterly meeting

The Russell County Sheriff’s Office held its quarterly meeting last Thursday. Below is a look at some of the topics touched on during the meeting.

Recent Activity Report

Sheriff Derek Polston presented some statistics at the meeting regarding the sheriff’s office activity from Oct. 2020 to March 2021. Below is a look at those numbers.

  • 3,540 calls for service
  • 2 barricade situations
  • 42 impaired drivers arrested
  • 717 court papers served
  • 43 drug search warrants


Polston reported on grants received by the sheriff’s office. A summary of those is below:

  • $20,000 from Kentucky Highway Safety Program for impaired driving and speeding enforcement.
  • $50,000 from United States Department of Agriculture for five patrol vehicles
  • $97,500 from Kentucky Office of Homeland Security for a law enforcement patrol boat
  • $144,467 for two school resource officers. Polston said the sheriff’s office is actively working to acquire grant funding to place a school resource officer at Jamestown Elementary School.

Church Security

Polston said the sheriff’s office is continuing to perform security checks at churches in the county.

“We still patrol our churches and we want to protect our churches just like we want to protect our children in school,” Polston said.

Numbers from Dec. 2018-Present

Polston reported some statistics of RCSO activity from Dec. 2018 to present. A summary of those statistics can be found below.

  • 351 domestic calls
  • 1,128 traffic stops
  • 493 accidents without injuries
  • 125 accidents with injuries
  • 742 lockouts
  • 522 alarm calls
  • 145+ mental health transports
  • 106 breaking and entering reports
  • 83 burglaries
  • Assisted Russell Co. EMS 394 times
  • 1,418 calls requesting a deputy
  • 545 school checks
  • 650 calls of suspicious activity
  • 481 welfare checks
  • 14,427 total calls for service


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