Robertson Sheriff Office Announces New Child Services Division
ROBERTSON COUNTY TENNESSEE: (Smokey Barn News) – In a statement released Tuesday afternoon, the Robertson County Sheriff’s Office announced the creation of a new Juvenile Service Division. The charter will be to provide additional resources to the children of the Robertson County community by providing valuable programs to assist with reducing juvenile offenses, increasing school safety and security, and building a brighter future for our next generation.
According to Robertson County Sheriff Michael Van Dyke, the Robertson County Sheriff’s Office Juvenile Service Division will consist of the current School Resource Officer Division and a Juvenile Outreach Division. Sheriff Van Dyke will be creating a Juvenile Task Force that will be comprised of law enforcement agencies within our county. Sheriff Van Dyke will also be organizing a Youth Services Coalition that will be comprised of stakeholders that provide juvenile services within our community. These groups will use professional networking to identify current issues, problem solve, and share resources to address the needs of our local youth.
Captain Charlie Clark (right of Sheriff Michael Van Dyke in the above photo) has been appointed to oversee the operations of the newly created Juvenile Service Division. Captain Clark was promoted from Lieutenant of School Resource Officers, and has 21 years of law enforcement experience with much of his career being involved with the Tennessee Gang Investigators Association, Tennessee School Resource Officer Association, Tennessee DARE Officers Association, and National School Resource Officers Association. The School Resource Officer Division will be managed by Lieutenant Jeremy Head, Sergeant Sheika Taylor, and Sergeant Donnie Brake. (all pictured above) Lieutenant Head has 18 years of law enforcement experience and was promoted from Sergeant of School Resource Officers. Lieutenant Head’s certifications include DARE, NRA School Shield, ALERRT Instructor, Field Training Officer, and Leadership Instructor. Sergeant Sheika Taylor and Sergeant Donnie Brake were both promoted from Corporal of the School Resource Officer Division. Sergeant Taylor has 9 years of law enforcement experience, and Sergeant Brake has 17 years of law enforcement experience with the Robertson County Sheriff’s Office.
Lieutenant Jennifer Holmes (pictured above) has been appointed as the new Juvenile Outreach Director over the Juvenile Outreach Division. She will oversee juvenile case management, juvenile programs development, and coordinate Juvenile Task Force and Youth Service Coalition meetings with additional duties related to Robertson County youth. Lieutenant Holmes has 13 years of law enforcement experience and was a School Resource Officer for the Robertson County Sheriff’s Office since 2017. Lieutenant Holmes holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Bethel University and a Master’s of Business Administration from Liberty University.
The creation of the Juvenile Service Division is an added resource for our Sheriff’s Office team to work with the youth of Robertson County. This division will further build upon the positive relationships between juveniles and law enforcement while also developing programs that hold juveniles accountable for their actions, prevent juveniles from engaging in patterns of delinquency, and provide a safe and secure atmosphere within the schools that is conducive for learning.
“I am very excited to announce the creation of our Juvenile Service Division. Creating a division within the Sheriff’s Office designated just for juvenile services, programs, and safety will enhance the ability to reduce juvenile crime, and promote leadership and life skills that our youth can carry with them into adulthood. Our children are the future of Robertson County, and we are committed to having positive relationships with our youth while also holding them accountable for their actions to keep them from going down the wrong path in life,” stated Sheriff Michael Van Dyke.
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