Cullman County citizens are very supportive of law enforcement, nonetheless, the Sheriff has added special safety training and suspect awareness programs for his deputies. – Sheriff Gentry Law Order Message Lights Up Cullman GOP Breakfast

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Sheriff Gentry Law Order Message Lights Up Cullman GOP Breakfast

Cullman County Sheriff Matt Gentry was the keynote speaker at Saturday morning’s breakfast before the monthly gathering of the Cullman County Republican Party.

A nearly full house at the Cullman Elks Lodge on Brantley Avenue NW turned out at 8:00 am for breakfast, fellowship and the chance to hear what well-respected Sheriff Gentry had to say in regards to the extreme challenges law enforcement officer’s and their departments face on a daily basis across the country. He also went deep into the many citizen-focused initiatives and law enforcement activities Gentry has engaged across Cullman County.

Sheriff Gentry expressed great concern for the current state of anti-law enforcement groups across the United States and the increasingly frequent violent attacks on officers and deputies. He explained to those in attendance while Cullman County citizens are very supportive of law enforcement, he has nonetheless added special training and awareness programs for his deputies.

Gentry cited the recent officer-involved shooting in the Vinemont where a subject with a long rifle took directed pot shots at a Sheriff’s Office Lieutenant as he responded to a 911 call for a welfare check. The Lieutenant returned fire in self-protection, striking the subject multiple times. While the incident is still under investigation by the State of Alabama, Gentry has wasted no time in exploring options that will protect his deputy’s personal safety at all times:

“We have been researching a new type of bullet proof apparel. If any of you have ever worn a bullet-proof vest, you know how extremely bulky, hot and difficult to maneuver these are. We will be purchasing a lightweight, cooler, easier-to-wear style that can protect our deputies full time under their uniform. In that way, in the case of a random shooter, they will have some level of protection during their entire shift.”

Sheriff Gentry recounted the many local initiatives his Office is involved in across Cullman County such as the Citizen’s Academy, the Youth Leadership Academy, Sheriff’s Office Citizen Firearms Training as well as the opening in 2017 of the new Cullman County Sheriff’s Office Shooting Range and the joint Sheriff’s Sub-station and Senior Center in Crane Hill.

The Sheriff was particularly enthusiastic about next Friday’s Jimmy Arrington Memorial Rodeo:

Sheriff Gentry Law Order Message Lights Up Cullman GOP Breakfast

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Sheriff Gentry Law Order Message Lights Up Cullman GOP Breakfast

The later half of the address involved a Question & Answer session between Sheriff Gentry and the gathered GOP regulars. The discussion ultimately lit the crowd up on such topics as the flaming, out of control mess that is the Alabama Department of Corrections, the cost-cutting quagmire that Sentencing ‘Reform’ has created for Cullman County Attorney General C. Wilson Blaylock and difficulty Cullman County’s judges such as Wells Turner III, Kim Chaney and Greg Nicholas have in making their rulings stick due to untenable issues in the larger state judicial and corrections agencies.

The meeting was called to a close by Cullman County GOP Chair Kelly Duke due to time limitations at the host Elks Lodge. The discussion among all in attendance and Sheriff Gentry could have easily extended on for at least another hour. The interest and enthusiasm was very high in the meeting room. The issues discussed were critically important to the safety and well-being of every Cullman County citizen.

Cullman Today spoke with Sheriff Matt Gentry immediately after the conclusion of his address:

 

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Sheriff Gentry Law Order Message Lights Up Cullman GOP Breakfast

In undercard news: Kelly Duke has not flatly retired as Chairman of the group. A meeting of the Cullman County Republican Party Executive Committee is planned for Tuesday night. It appears there is strong support for him to remain as Chair, even in the face of his desire to step aside.

If Duke does in-fact step down, he will be going out on top. He successfully guided GOP candidates to landslide victories in recent elections and he tirelessly ensured every elected official in the Cullman County is a registered Republican.

 

Sheriff Gentry Law Order Message Lights Up Cullman GOP Breakfast

Kelly Duke – Chairman Cullman GOP

 

Sheriff Gentry Law Order Message Lights Up Cullman GOP Breakfast

Timothy Collins

Originally from Asheville, NC, Timothy brings an insightful holistic perspective as well as a mountain man tenacity to his various roles at Cullman Today. You can reach him at cullmantoday@gmail.com and/or (256) 615-8260.

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