Former Sheriff and lifelong Nebraska panhandle resident, Jim Lawson, will be our guest speaker for the September 20th forum. Jim is 40 year veteran of Scotts Bluff County Sheriff’s office at Gering, Nebraska and served twelve of those years as county Sheriff. During his tenure he worked in many capacities including administration, communications, patrol and the WING Drug Task Force. Jim is certified by the Nebraska Law Enforcement Training Center as a Law Enforcement Officer, Supervisor and Manger. He has completed over 4,000 hours of specialized training in twelve states. Jim is a 1969 graduate of Mitchell High School, he went on to receive an Associate of Science degree in criminal justice at Western Nebraska Community College and then continued his education to receive a Bachelor of Arts degree in Justice Studies from Chadron State College. Jim is also a past President of the Nebraska Sheriffs’ Association. Jim’s presentation will contain some CSI (Crime Science Investigation) research information. Jim will also discuss how and where to search for other information and records in the legal system, such as law enforcement personnel records including details of an officer’s work history, Awards, memberships, vitals (height, weight, color of hair, eyes, etc.). Jim will also discuss family court concerns like divorce, lack of family support, cruelty to family and result of charges made against someone, older records on adults and children who went to institutions due to health, safety, abuse or mental illness, and finally what happened to unwed mothers when the family didn’t want them, and what happens to a child if the mothers no longer wants or can’t take care of them. If you are curious about any aspect of the legal system this is a forum you don’t want to miss!
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