For Immediate Release August 25, 2015
Sheriff Jimmy Harris states as follows:
Sheriff Jimmy Harris reports that last month he announced that he was changing the policy at the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office to where all certified deputies were to carry a concealed weapon on them at all times while off duty. His decision to do so was based on events occurring all over the world, especially these tragic events in the U.S. over the past several years. With ISIS infiltrating the U.S. and DeKalb County being a main route for drug curtail, he feels like there comes a time that all Law Enforcement and all law abiding citizens’ needs to be prepared. After receiving several bids on the handguns we decided to go with the Glock 43. We ordered 55 of the Glock 43’s that came in last week. The reason for purchase of these handguns is because the deputies are required to purchase their own on duty weapons. These guns will remain the property of the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office and all deputies receiving a gun will have to go through an APOST certification designed for backup weapons. We are in the process at this time ordering ammo to go with the guns.
Sheriff Harris states “The cost for the guns and ammo will be between $22,000 and $25,000. We are still taking donations to help us pay for them and all donations are 100% tax deductible. If you would like to donate please contact us at 256-845-3801, 256-304-0469 or you can mail it to DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office 2801 Jordan Road SW, Fort Payne, AL 35968.”