CHESTERFIELD — Sheriff Jay L. Brooks of Chesterfield County says the 2015-16 fall membership drive for the South Carolina Sheriffs’ Association will soon be under way.
Brooks is an active member of the South Carolina Sheriffs’ Association and invites county residents to consider joining as honorary members.
The association says it provides “aggressive advocacy using the strong unified voice of South Carolina’s 46 elected sheriffs.” It is a key player in shaping state policy on public safety and crime prevention, as well as providing training to sheriffs’ teams.
“With government funding becoming increasingly difficult to secure, the membership drive has taken on greater importance than it ever has before,” Brooks said in a statement. “The funding is vital to help us carry out our mission of making our communities safer places to live, work and play.”
Membership appeals will be sent out through direct mail over the coming days.
Individuals choosing to join the voluntary program can do so for as little as $25, while businesses can show their support for a $50 contribution. Contributions are tax-deductible.
“I realize that everyone does not have the ability or desire to become an honorary member of the South Carolina Sheriffs’ Association,” said Brooks. “Rest assured that your ability to join this reputable organization will not impact the level of service you receive from my office. I would simply ask you to consider joining the South Carolina Sheriffs’ Association as an honorary member if you have the means and are so inclined.”
Those who do not receive a membership appeal and would like more information can contact the South Carolina Sheriffs’ Association at by phone at 803-772-1101 or online at ww.sheriffsc.com. The group can also be reached by mail at 112 Westpark Blvd., Columbia, SC 29210.
Brooks is also reminding residents that the sheriffs’ association does not solicit memberships through telemarketing. Anyone who receives a phone call purportedly on the association’s behalf should hang up, he said, because such calls are fraudulent.