Faulkner County Sheriff Andy Shock has announced his candidacy for re-election.

During his first year of administration, Sheriff Shock increased law enforcement presence and coverage in the county while also increasing personnel in criminal investigations, courtroom security and 911/Communications. Sheriff Shock initiated a Faulkner County Sheriff’s Office School Resource Program, adding three full time deputies to Faulkner County schools. The school resource deputies are assigned to the Mount Vernon-Enola, Mayflower and Guy-Perkins school districts, but still provide services to all school districts within Faulkner County.

All of these additions were budget neutral, having stayed within the same budget. Monies used were from eliminating several higher ranking positions.

Sheriff Shock added the first ever departmental website, www.fcso.ar.gov. County residents can go to this website and register their email address and/or their cell phone numbers to receive email and/or text notifications when the department has a media release. Residents can also track and educate themselves on the locations, offenses and convictions of registered sexual offenders. The website also allows residents to see who is incarcerated, and addresses many of the public’s frequently asked questions.

Sheriff Shock placed a kiosk in the lobby of the FCSO for the public to deposit funds into any inmate’s account, and also placed a drug take back drop box in the lobby for anyone who wants to dispose of any medications.

Sheriff Shock also cut the food budget in half and is now serving only cold cuts and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches to the inmates.

The cost is a little under 50 cents for each inmate meal. The inmates still receive the number of calories required by law, per day.

Sheriff Shock began his law enforcement career as a Faulkner County Sheriff’s Office Reserve Deputy in 1999. Before he was elected sheriff in 2012, he served the Faulkner County Sheriff’s Office in many capacities such as Reserve Deputy, Patrol Deputy, Patrol Sgt., Criminal Investigator, Patrol Lieutenant and Enforcement Major.

During 2012 Shock supervised a 9.7 million dollar budget, supervising two jails and more than 200 employees.

Shock resides in the Saltillo Community along with his wife of almost 20 years, Kim (Kelley) Shock. They have two children, Ryan, 18 and Allison, 16. Ryan attends college at ASU Beebe and Allison is enrolled in the Vilonia School District.

Shock is a member of Oak Bowery Baptist Church, National Rifle Association & Arkansas Sheriff’s Association. He is a 2012 graduate of the Faulkner County Leadership Institute and also serves on the Act 309 Department of Corrections Oversight Committee.