BATESVILLE – January 26, 2015 – The Independence County Sheriff’s Department has gained a much-needed training and meeting facility with the donation from Citizens Bank of its former Westside Branch building in Batesville. The building will be used by the Department’s Community Relations Team for meetings and preparing programs that the team will be presenting to the community.
“Citizens Bank has always been there for us as a community partner,” said Sheriff Steve Jeffery, who acknowledged that the bank in 2011 allowed his department to use part of the branch as a substation for the protection of the city’s Westside neighborhoods. More recently, he said, the Sheriff’s Department was in desperate need of an area for training and meetings.
“We could not have afforded this type of expansion without the assistance of Citizens Bank,” Sheriff Jeffery said. “This donation will increase the quality of law enforcement in our community, which will increase our quality of life and the quality of our economy.”
“We appreciate the efforts of Sheriff Jeffery, his 40 fulltime officers and the 50 volunteer reserve officers who work tirelessly to protect and serve our community,” said Phil Baldwin, Citizens Bank President and Chief Executive Officer. “Citizens Bank is pleased to be able to facilitate the conversion of an unused structure to a productive use by the Independence County Sheriff’s Department.”
About Citizens Bank
Citizens Bank was founded in 1953 by business and civic leaders to serve the financial needs of middle income families and small businesses. Citizens Bank works to improve the quality of life for all community residents by promoting educational opportunities, economic growth and innovative civic partnerships.
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SHERIFF ACCEPTS BUILDING – Independence County Sheriff Steve Jeffery (far left) and Chief Deputy Jermey Qualls (far right) accept the donation of Citizens Bank’s former Westside Branch from Robin Brock and Phil Baldwin of Citizens Bank.