SHERIFF SNAPSHOT: 90-day report shows department's progress

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By Brent Schanding

 CAMPBELL COUNTY—A 90-day activity report released by the Campbell County Sheriff‘s Department this week shows the agency responded to 111 animal calls since the closing of the Adrion W. Baird Animal Center three months ago. 

The figure is one of dozens revealed in the agency’s quarterly report, which covers April through June 2013. 

The 90-day report aims to show progress of the sheriff’s department and is issued to county commissioners from Sheriff Robbie K. Goins each quarter. 

“I have instructed my staff to prepare and produce this information on a 90-day basis to better serve and inform you thoroughly,” Goins wrote in his memo to commissioners. “We hope this information will provide you all with valuable insight of the hard work, dedication and the progress of our office that I mandate and expect.” 



Among other findings, the report shows deputies arrested 315 alleged violators in the past three months. According to the report, the agency responded to 351 reports of suspicious people or vehicles; 128 domestic disputes; 32 disturbances; 31 reports of stolen vehicles; 17 fires; nine 9 dead bodies, as well as 10 attempted suicides — and three actual suicides. 

“The last 90 days…have been challenging, yet proving, for the Criminal Investigation Division and Drug Investigation Division,” Cpt. J. Brandon Elkins wrote in his filing for the report. “As a department, [we’ve] seen an overall increase in burglaries, thefts, violent crime and narcotic trafficking during this quarter. During the last 90 days, [the unit] has handled 216 cases. Overall case assignment has increased 40 percent this quarter.”

The Drug Investigation unit completed 12 undercover drug buys, according to Elkins. The divisions also participated in three search warrants inside of the county, he reported, which ultimately led to the seizure of approximately $12,000 in assets. 

“The focus…has been to see the indictment of individuals for various narcotic related crimes over the past year and the arrest of those individuals,” Elkins wrote.  

One meth lab was seized by county agents last quarter, the report showed. While that’s a decrease, Elkins noted the prescription pill problem continues to be on the rise in Campbell County. 

“…we are also starting to see the use of inhalants in teens at our local community schools,” he reported. 



According to Cpt. Eric Jones, the jail took in 156 inmates during the last quarter—roughly 90 percent of those inmates served previous time in jail. At its daily peak, the jail housed 159 inmates—which is greatly over capacity. Roughly 73 percent of inmates are men. The average age for male inmates is 35; the average age for females is 32, the report shows. 

Cpt. Jones reported the jail served 44,163 meals to inmates during the last quarter—an operation that costs in excess of $40,000. 

The activity report does not account for activities investigated by Jacksoboro, Caryville, LaFollette, Lake City or Jellico law agencies. 

“…Our office is very busy and we strive every day to make sure the public and taxpayer gets what they demand and deserve,” wrote Sheriff Goins in his report.