KY sheriff offers personal phone number to fight drug crime
TRIGG COUNTY, KY (KFVS) - A Kentucky sheriff has posted his personal cell phone number on the department's Facebook page in hopes that more people will come forward with drug crime tips.
Trigg County Sheriff Ray Burnam II posted that the personal method has already proven successful. He is particularly targeting fentanyl dealers.
Sheriff Burnam said it's personal when it comes to fighting crime in his county.
"If they trust us and call us and tell us what is going on, that's half the battle right there," he said.
He said he's just a phone call away from stopping crime.
"That person is trusting me that they know they can call me and what they tell me is going to be private and it's not going to get out," the sheriff said.
The direct link has already proven successful. Sheriff Burnam said he received a crime tip on a cold case.
"We took that tip and that evening we got a confession," he said.
While any crime tip is important, Sheriff Burnam said prescription drug abuse is Trigg County's biggest problem.
"I would rather dial him directly than call somebody else and it get lost," said Kelly Price of Trigg County.
Some people in the county say the're applauding his efforts to develop a personal connection with people.
"I think it's great. He is a really hands-on sheriff and he is really active in the community and he goes above and beyond whatever he needs to do to keep us safe," she said.
"They elected me, they need to get ahold of me whenever they want to," said Sheriff Burnam.
He said the Facebook page itself has been a huge tool for fighting crime, especially among kids.
He said kids feel more comfortable using Facebook.