Message from the Sheriff
As winter makes way for spring, we at the Barry County Sheriff's Office are reminded that this season is a great time in our community - a time of refreshing energy and renewed activity. Whether it's at a special event at a public park or a cookout in your backyard, this is a great time of year to enjoy the great outdoors.
We also want to remind you that with the warmer weather, children may be playing near roads. Please take extra caution and slow down when driving through residential neighborhoods. And remember, children learn by watching us. If you're traveling with a child, please model good driving habits, including:
- Wear your seat belt
- Obey the speed limit
- Drive slowly near schools and neighborhoods
- Do not text while driving
- Make sure children are in the correct car seat.
For many more driving safety tips, please visit the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration at: www.nhtsa.gov/road-safety.
Fishing is also a great attraction in this area. We would like to remind everyone to use caution and follow just a few safety tips listed below:
- Make sure you obtain a fishing permit as per state regulations. Residents of Missouri 65 years old and older are not required to purchase a fishing license. Non -Residents 16 years old and older must purchase a non-resident license. Anglers 15 years old and younger are not required to purchase a license regardless of residency.
- Be aware of daily catch limits. For each species, the state of Missouri imposes different possession and catching limits in order to maintain a healthy fish population in its waters. To know more about the different regulations involving fishing in Missouri, please download the free Missouri Fishing Guidebook through the link provided below. Always wear your approved life jackets when you are on, in, or near the water.
- Use sunscreen, sunglasses, and sun protection gear.
- Handle the hook carefully during baiting and removing your catch. Look around before casting to make sure no one is in distance of your cast. Always wear shoes as hooks or sharp rocks could injure your feet. If you are hooked, find a conservation agent to assist with removal or go to the emergency room. Never try to remove the hook unless you have taken a first aid class in removing fishing hooks.
- Check the local forecast the morning of your fishing trip. In cases of severe weather: those fishing on the bank, know where storm shelters are located or go at a time the weather is expected to be nice. If fishing in the boat, get to shore and a shelter as quickly as possible. Ask a park ranger if you have any questions on where the shelters are located.
Thank you for keeping our roads and our citizens safe, and we look forward to the great times that spring will bring!
Sheriff D. Boyd