JONESBORO, Ark. – Crimestoppers of Jonesboro Inc., announced today Craighead County Sheriff Marty Boyd was voted Crimestopper of the Year by their Board of Directors.
By a first-time unanimous vote, the board of directors wished to, not only, recognize the years of service Boyd has dedicated to Craighead county, but more specifically to recognize his recent efforts to locate a crisis mental health stabilization center in Craighead County.
Those with mental illnesses would be taken to this center to get help and treatment, instead of being arrested.
“Although we clearly recognize the practical ways in which Sheriff Boyd contributes to preventing crime in Craighead County,” said Brad Hyde, Crimestoppers Board Officer, “our Board wanted to highlight the Sheriff’s efforts to compassionately assist those individuals with severe mental illness within our community. We recognize the injustice in “criminalizing” mental illness, and we wish to commend Sheriff Boyd in his hard work to address this community healthcare crisis.”
Sheriff Boyd will receive his award at a presentation ceremony, Dec. 7 at 4 pm in Room 119 at the Craighead County Annex (Craighead County Judge’s office). All are invited to attend.
Press Release – Crimestoppers of Jonesboro