[Spotlight] Guilford County Sheriff’s Office
The Guilford County Sheriff’s Office is offering several classes and resources to engage and inform members of the community.
Master Corporal Joe Page said some of these classes and resources include the Yellow Dot Program, the Sheriff Citizens Academy, the Sheriff Youth Academy, and vacation safety checks.
“Currently, we have got a lot of stuff out there that helps benefit people in the community,” Page said.
Page said that Yellow Dot is an existing program that has faded into the background. “We are trying to bring it back to the forefront,” he said.
Page described the program as assistance to first responders during the “golden hour of emergency situations,” whether it be at someone’s home or while someone is in a vehicle. Page said the Yellow Dot Program is a packet of information available at no cost, with no limit and is based on how many family members one has.
“You fill out the information, and then you either maintain it at your home or in your glove box, or at both locations. We give you a sticker that you affix to your door or car windshield that notifies first responders in an emergency where to find your medical information,” he said. “So if you have allergies or are allergic [to anything], or you have a special medical condition that they need to be aware of, and you are incapacitated or unable to speak to them, they’ll know what aid to provide you.”
The form is available at the Sheriff’s Office or by calling (336) 641-3378 or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Starting in June, Page said the Sheriff Youth Academy would begin for anyone ages 13 to 18. This two-week program runs from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Page said this class is offered at no cost, and attendees are asked to bring their own lunch. Page said this class is geared to teaching youth about interacting with law enforcement, and first responders such as the Greensboro Bomb Squad, the Greensboro Fire Department and Emergency Medical Services.
Starting up Sept. 5 is the Sheriff Citizens Academy, which allows attendees to interact with Sheriff’s Office employees, learn about their jobs, functions and to inform attendees about how the Sheriff’s Office is structured. “We give them an opportunity to do some labs, where they actually get to go out to our ranges or ride with our DWI task force personnel.” This two-month long program meets every Thursday night and then every other Saturday.
“It is a very comprehensive program that allows individuals/regular citizens to actually get a lot of information about the Sheriff’s Office and what we do,” Page said.
Vacation safety checks are also available to people that live in Guilford County and have been expanded.
“If you want to let us know when you are going on vacation, we’ll notify the district office, or you can contact the district office that you live in and let them know,” Page said. “As deputies are out doing their patrols in their zones, they can just drop by and make sure that your house or your apartment is safe.”
Page said these programs are intended to benefit the community and help residents feel safer and more informed about their local Sheriff’s Office.
“I think everybody should be aware of what the Sheriff’s Office does,” Page said. “We want to be involved in the community; we want to provide you with classes that will actually be beneficial; classes that allow you to interact with your Sheriff’s Office and what we provide.”
Visit the Guilford County Sheriff’s Office website for more details and to register for classes.