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Sheriff's Message


4th of July 2024

The Ralls County Sheriff's Office wishes you and your family a safe and exciting Fourth of July holiday! The Fourth of July, known as Independence Day, celebrates our independence as a nation on July 4, 1776. As you celebrate with friends and family, we would like to remind you to be safe and take precautions to ensure the safety of our community. 

We caution anyone traveling during the holiday to always wear your seat belt and never drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Instead, plan for a designated driver to get you home safely. Not only do you risk your life when you drive impaired, but you also put the other drivers and passengers you share the roadway with at risk as well.  I also encourage everyone to practice safe boating.  Whether you're on Mark Twain Lake or on the river, watch out for other boaters and swimmers in your area. 

Additionally, it is important to remember that fireworks can pose a fire and safety hazard to those who use them. 

Before shooting fireworks, please review the following safety tips from The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC):

  • After fireworks complete their burning, to prevent a trash fire, douse the spent device with plenty of water from a bucket or hose before discarding the device.
  • Always read warning labels and performance descriptions before lighting a firework.
  • Ensure fireworks are legal in your area before purchasing or using them.
  • Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or other mishap.
  • Never allow children to play with or ignite fireworks.
  • Never place any part of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse, and move to a safe distance immediately after lighting fireworks
  • Only light fireworks one at a time.
  • Only use fireworks outdoors, away from buildings and vehicles, and never point/throw fireworks at anyone. 

Hoping you and your family have a great Fourth of July holiday!

Sheriff Brad Stinson

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As we approach summer, the Ralls County Sheriff's Office is preparing for one of the busiest times of the year. With more people outdoors and participating in activities, it is important that we take precautions to ensure the safety of our community. We congratulate all area graduates and wish them the best of luck in the future, whether away at college, starting a career, or somewhere in between!

Ralls County has been blessed with Mark Twain Lake, the Mississippi River, trails, camping, and several quaint communities. We want to remind everyone to prioritize safety and responsibility during this season of relaxation and fun. Whether you are hiking, swimming, enjoying a neighborhood barbecue, or just spending time with family and friends, please be mindful of your surroundings and take steps to avoid accidents or injury.


Due to increased outdoor activities and travel during summer, remind all drivers in your family to follow traffic laws and never drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Please ensure everyone traveling in the vehicle is wearing their seatbelt and it is properly buckled.  When on the water, please practice boater safety and wear your life vests.  Remember, in an emergency your first call needs to be to 911 so that the appropriate services can be sent to you.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has the following tips for a healthy summer:

Eat healthy food to support muscles, strengthen bones, and boost immunity.
Drink water instead of sugary or alcoholic drinks.
Participate in at least 150 minutes of physical activity a week.
Stay cool, hydrated, and informed about extreme heat in the area.
Wear sunscreen (SPF of at least 15) and insect repellent.
For more information on safety and health during this summer season, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The Ralls Sheriff's Office wishes everyone a happy, safe, and healthy start to the summer season. Congratulations again to our graduates!  We are looking forward to seeing everyone out enjoying Ralls County!

Wishing you a happy and safe summer season,

Sheriff Brad Stinson