Washington County Sheriff Receives Medal of Partnership | People
Washington County Sheriff Tim Helder recently received recognition for his partnership and participation in the 287(g) program.
Sheriff Tim Helder was recently presented with a certificate and a Medal of Partnership in recognition of his nomination for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement “Partnership and Public Safety Award”. This is an inaugural award to officially recognize an outstanding sheriff’s office or officer who has gone above and beyond their normal duties to support and contribute to ICE’s mission. The nomination of Sheriff Helder was submitted by the ICE Fayetteville Office.
The nomination stated , “At the end of Fiscal year 2007 ICE/HSI entered into a partnership with Sheriff Tim Helder and the Washington County Sheriff’s Office for their participation in the 287(g) program. As part of the partnership Sheriff Helder agreed to dedicate enforcement and jail personnel toward training in Immigration and Nationality laws. Once trained WCSO personnel would work directly with ICE/HSI Special Agents to locate, identify and process for removal foreign nationals engaged in criminal conduct … Through the duration of the 287(g) program in Northwest Arkansas Sheriff Helder has maintained a firm commitment toward achieving the goals and mission of ICE/HSI and the intent of the law under section 287(g) of the Immigration and Nationality Act … Once the 287 (g) program commenced … criminal arrests experienced an astounding upward spike … These accomplishments could not have been achieved without the contribution of WCSO and support of Sheriff Helder whose dedication toward interagency cooperation and professionalism has become a model for others to follow.”