Jeff Co Sheriff Mark Pettway strives to “bridge the gap” between law enforcement and the community


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JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ala. (CBS 42 Living Local) Jefferson County is currently welcoming newly elected Sheriff Mark Pettway into office. Pettway strives to be part of the community, one with the people, and not a politician.


His biggest goal is to bridge the gap between law enforcement and the people they serve.


“We want to make sure that we bring the communities together,” Pettway said. “To understand law-enforcement, we want to partner with the communities and make sure that we work together.”


The concept of community policing is essential to Pettway. He wants officers to get out of their cars and interact face-to-face with the community.


The kids love the police! They always ask about the dogs, they ask about our taser…those are some of the things that kids love to see and talk about, said Pettway.

We want the young kids to know that we are their friends. We are there to help them. We are friends of the community.


Your children might get to meet the sheriff while they are at school! Pettway says he loves to visit with kids during the school day.


The word is gotten around that when the sheriff comes, he’s coming with rewards! I give out badges, then give out a nice reward to someone there that deserves it, said Pettway.


Pettway says he loves being a public servant, and wholeheartedly believes in helping people.


The people can come directly to me. And I want the people to feel that way. I want to know how I can best serve you. What are your concerns? What do we need to do to make your situation better, Pettway said.

From paperboy to Jefferson County’s first African American Sheriff, Mark Pettway 

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