Halloween is approaching, and we expect large groups of children to be out and about that evening, enjoying the festivities. Our primary concern on Halloween, and any other time, is the safety of children. With that in mind, we would like to offer the following safety tips. It is a good idea to review these with your children before they begin their trick-or-treat adventures.
1. Fake knives, swords, guns, and other costume accessories can potentially cause injury. Make sure they aren't too long for the costume, and review with your child that they are part of the costume and not a weapon. Make sure they are made out of cardboard or other flexible materials.
2. Only purchase costumes and accessories that are marked flame-resistant.
3. Keep costumes short to prevent trips and falls.
4. Try using makeup instead of a mask. Masks can obstruct a child's vision, which can be dangerous when kids are crossing streets and going up and down stairs.
5. Costumes with light colors and/or reflective tape are best. Someone in the group should carry a flashlight. Consider putting reflective tape on their candy bags, too.
6. Children should always trick-or-treat in groups, rather than alone, preferably with adult supervision. Children should carry a cell phone for quick communication.
7. Parents should select the safest route for children to take. Children should stay on sidewalks, where available, or on the shoulder of the roadway, facing traffic. Children should avoid walking in the roadway, in alleys or in poorly-lit areas. They should be cautious not to dart from behind shrubs or parked vehicles.
8. Drivers should slow down and use extreme caution, especially in neighborhoods where children are sure to be located.
9. Children should be instructed to stop only at familiar homes where the outside lights are on. They should also be advised to NEVER go into a home or car to collect treats. They should not stop at houses that are dark or do not have the porch lights turned on.
10. As an alternative to going door-to-door, parents can take their children to community-sponsored events hosted by community centers, churches, schools, etc.
11. Children should not eat any treats until they get home and a parent or adult has examined their treats.
12. Children (and adults) should only consume unopened candies and treats in original wrappers. Treats with open packaging or torn wrappers should be discarded.
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With a little preparation, communication, and diligence, Halloween can be a safe and enjoyable evening. Of course, we will be on patrol and available to you and your children should you need us.
Thank you for your cooperation,
Sheriff Grover Smith
Georgia Pacific will be conducting an exercise on Thursday, June 21, 2018 from approximately 9:00 A. M. until 11:30 A. M.
This exercise will include many law enforcement, ambulance, and fire department personnel.
We wanted the public to know in advance that this will just be an exercise.
We have learned that two ECSO phone numbers published in the phone directory contain errors. The prefixes for these two numbers are incorrect.
Following are the correct phone numbers.
1. Main Office--809-0741
2. Brewton Office--867-0304
These phone numbers will be corrected in the next publication of the phone directory. We apologize for any inconvenience caused by these errors.
Additionally, the phone number 809-0848, which is found in the phone directory under Escambia County Sheriff's Office, does not work. It will be deleted in the phone directory's next publication.
We can be reached via email through this website. These emails are monitored 24/7 and remain confidential. Click on Contact Us at the top right-hand corner of this web page to access our email.
We appreciate your input so that we can keep our ECSO website and information accurate.
As a public service, the Escambia County Sheriff's Office and Chief Deputy Mike Lambert will conduct a program entitled Plan, Prepare, and Protect: Safety and Security in Your Place of Worship.
This program will be held from 7:00 until 9:00 P. M. on Monday, January 29, 2018, in the Woodfin Patterson Auditorium at Coastal Alabama Community College, Brewton Campus. The college is located at 220 Alco Drive in Brewton.
A discussion for safety and security in the church and how it affects the church will include the following topics:
1. Security teams with and without firearms.
2. Gun laws.
3. Church security plans and guidance to leaders for a security team.
Ministers, pastors, deacons, and/or leaders of the church are encouraged to attend this program.
CLASS SIZE IS LIMITED.
Please call Terry Tolbert, ECSO, at 251-809-2141 to reserve your place in this program.
Human trafficking is a crime involving the exploitation of someone for the purpose of compelled labor or a commercial sex act through the use of force, fraud, or coercion. Human trafficking affects individuals across the world, including here in the United States, and is commonly regarded as one of the most pressing human rights' issues of our time.
Human trafficking affects every community in the United States across age, gender, ethnicity, and socio-economic backgrounds. Human trafficking within the United States affects victims who are U. S. citizens, lawful permanent residents, visa holders, and undocumented workers.
Victims of human trafficking often do not immediately seek help or self-identify as victims of a crime due to a variety of factors, including lack of trust, self-blame, or specific instructions by the traffickers regarding how to behave when talking to law enforcement or social services. The victim often exhibits these characteristics:Is fearful, anxious, depressed, submissive, tense, or nervous/paranoid. Exhibits unusually fearful or anxious behavior after bringing up law enforcement. Avoids eye contact.
Sex trafficking is the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, obtaining, patronizing, or soliciting of a person for the purposes of a commercial sex act, in which the commercial sex act is induced by force, fraud, or coercion, or in which the person induced to perform such an act has not attained 18 years of age.
Labor trafficking is the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for labor or services through the use of force, fraud, or coercion for the purposes of subjection to involuntary servitude, peonage, debt bondage, or slavery.
If you see any of these red flags,
contact the National Human Trafficking Resource Center hotline at 1-888-373-7888.
SIGNS OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING
An unaccompanied minor at night
A person appearing fearful, anxious, depressed, submissive, tense or paranoid
A person monitoring or restricting another's movement and communication device usage
A person being supplied with drugs to ensure compliance
A person being coerced or coached by another
Signs of malnourishment
Injuries from beatings and/or signs of torture (cigarette burns, bruises, etc.)
Wearing minimal clothing or scantily clad
Multiple young people exiting a vehicle one at a time, displaying above indicators
For more information, please visit the National Human Trafficking Resource Center websites.
SOURCES: National Sheriffs' Association and California Highway Patrol
The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office will upgrade its text message alert notification feature on or before October 3rd to supplement an upgrade completed earlier this summer. The upgraded text alert system will feature a short URL in the message body, instead of a full URL. The messages will continue to come from 96167 or 470-219-3777. Below is an example of a current alert with a full URL and a sample of the same alert with a short URL:
As shown above, the message body will have a Subject line (the Message from the Sheriff title, in the above example) and a From address of Escambia Sheriff AL. There will still be an option to change subscription at the bottom of the message.
To sign up for alert notifications from our office, to change your current subscription, or to unsubscribe from our alerts, please go to our Sign Up for Alerts page.
The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office welcomes any feedback from the community on this text alert upgrade. To provide feedback, please let us know through our Contact Us form or call us at 251-809-2141.
As always, we wish to thank the public for their continued support of law enforcement. We believe the unique partnership we have between the public and law enforcement enhances the security and quality of life we all enjoy.
Sheriff Grover Smith