SHARP COUNTY, AR (KAIT) - The small community of Ozark Acres is making a change in security.
For years, a member of the community handled patrol for the area.
"In the past, our security was headed up by Ed Strickland for several years, he volunteered his services and he ran at night," Ozark Acres Commissioner Tom Parsons said.
However, when Strickland became sick the community had to look for a new source of security.
"About three months ago he was diagnosed with brain and lung cancer stage four," Parsons said.
The Suburban Improvement District (SID) started to look for someone to help keep the community safe, so they reached out to the Sharp County Sheriff's Department.
"It was a huge void we had to fill so we looked around at different solutions and we went back to working with the sheriff's department so we have a part-time deputy working now to help fill the void," Parsons said.
The sheriff's department agreed to have a part-time deputy come patrol the area and Ozark Acres will pay the deputy's salary.
Parsons said although Ozark Acres is a small community, the residents like having a sense of security.
"The retired citizens and some of our older folks or citizens that are single, they feel better if they have a sheriff that they can talk to and be here for," Parsons said.
Parsons said he is happy the sheriff's department was able to help.
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