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Slocomb Police Press Release About Pre-Cautionary Measure At Slocomb School

Rickey Stokes

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Posted by: RStokes
Date: Feb 01 2013 6:07 PM


From:   Slocomb Police Department - Chief White

To: Media Outlets

Date: 02/01/2013

Ref: Slocomb School Pre-cautionary Measures

On Thursday, January 31, 2013 The Slocomb Police Department was contacted and informed of a custody dispute between adults that had an on-going court case in Geneva County. As a result of information sharing, it was revealed that the couple had a child enrolled in the Slocomb Elementary School. Slocomb Police Department spoke with the Geneva County School System Superintendent Becky Birdsong and details were discussed about the situation and possible action that may be needed to ensure the safety of the child in question, the staff and other students attending the school.

The information provided to the Slocomb Police Department was that the father in question had called a government agency located in Montgomery, Alabama and tried to have that agency intercede in his court proceedings and provide him with some help. That agency refused to get involved and the father became upset and made a comment that was defined by Alabama Law as a "Terrorist Threat". While no Slocomb School or Slocomb residence was referenced in his comment, Slocomb Police Department and Geneva County School Superintendant decided to act on the side of caution and implement security measures that ensure the safety of the school due to the fact that the minor child attended school in Slocomb. Measures taken were minor and will not be openly discussed as this could create problems with future incidents such as this. With the events happening around the nation and locally in the State of Alabama, the action taken by the Slocomb Police Department and Geneva County School Board were implemented as pre-cautionary measures only.

Geneva County Sheriff Greg Ward was advised of the situation of the comments and his department started an investigation and was able to procure warrants with the assistance of the Alabama Bureau of Investigation. On Friday, February 1, 2013 these warrants were signed and executed and the father was located and arrested on charges. State ABC agents and Geneva County Deputies were on hand to patrol and look for the suspect. Suspect was spotted and arrested on Friday afternoon.

Chief White would thank all agencies involved and the respected agencies that called and offered their assistance.

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