News from the desk of Sheriff Potter


“Top Tips for a Safe and Fun-Filled Summer”

Hey, DeSoto County! As summer starts to heat up, I’d like to go over some key safety reminders for the sunny season ahead. Whether you are heading out to the river, splashing in the waves or hitting the road for an adventure, let’s ensure we are all set for a summer of fun and safety.

Living in the Sunshine State means we are no strangers to scorching temperatures, especially during the summer months. Beat the heat by seeking cool, air-conditioned spots whenever possible. And don’t forget to keep those fluids flowing to avoid dehydration when you are out and about.

Did you know 53% of hot car tragedies happen because someone forgets a child in the vehicle? We remind you to never, ever leave children or pets alone in cars, even for a quick errand. It takes only minutes for temperatures inside a vehicle to become dangerously hot. If you spot a child alone in a car, act swiftly. Check on their well-being and call 9-1-1 immediately if necessary.

With the heat turning up, it’s the perfect time to cool off with a swim. But make sure to do so safely. Drowning remains a critical concern, especially for our young children. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) reports there are an estimated 4,000 fatal unintentional deaths every year in the United States. Drowning is the leading cause of injury-related death for kids aged one to four, and the second leading cause for those aged five to 14. To prevent tragedies, we remind you to ensure children learn the basics of swimming and water safety, keep a close eye on them near water and always have them wear life jackets, especially while boating.

If your summer plans include traveling on the roads, remember to keep your travel plans private, avoid oversharing on social media and exercise caution overall. When staying in hotels or rental properties, take precautions against crime by securing your belongings, verifying the identity of anyone claiming to be staff and make sure to lock your doors! Remember, report any suspicious activity promptly by notifying the hotel management staff and calling 9-1-1. 

At the DeSoto County Sheriff’s Office, it is our shared responsibility to keep our community safe this summer. We are here to protect YOU. We wish you all a blessed summer season filled with sun and fun!

Be Kind, Be Safe, God Bless.
Sheriff Jim Potter