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Letter to the editor: Sheriff Hodgson offers tips for the public to stay safe this summer



To the editor:

The beaches are packed, the thermometers are rising and school’s out.

It’s summer in Bristol County!

From beaches to festivals, from cookouts to cornhole, and from celebrations to holidays, summer in Bristol County is second to none. There’s so much to do and enjoy. It’s truly my favorite time of the year.

It’s also a good opportunity to share some safety reminders so you can stay safe while having fun. So please take a second to remember a few things are you go about your summer fun:

1. Wear sunscreen if you’re going to be outside. I can’t stress this enough. Sunscreen will keep your skin and your body safe from the sun. Apply some and enjoy all the outdoor fun you want.

2. Keep an eye on your belongings at the beach. Only bring what you need and if you’re leaving your towel and cooler to take a dip in the water, tuck your keys and stuff under a towel or something else so it’s not out in the open.

3. Social media is a great way to stay connected with family and friends. But please consider not posting any vacation pictures until after you return. Posting pictures from the Cape or Martha’s Vineyard with a post saying you’ll be back in a week gives criminals the heads up that your home will be unoccupied.

4. If, like me, you like to go out for a walk in the evening when the temperatures drop, always bring your mobile phone with you and keep it charged. And if you’re walking alone, a good idea is to talk to someone on speaker phone while walking to deter possible criminal activity.

5. Always keep your car windows rolled up and always lock your doors, especially before you go to bed. And if you have any valuables in your car, please put them in the glove compartment or middle console. Criminals can walk through neighborhoods in the middle of the night pulling handles in search of unlocked cars.

6. Be aware of your surroundings. Know where the exits are in case of an emergency. If you see something that seems out of place, say something to a police officer or deputy.

7. Fireworks are very dangerous. If you are celebrating July 4th in Newport, Tiverton or other places in Rhode Island or New Hampshire where fireworks are legal and the party has some, be very cautious and keep your distance. Every emergency room in every hospital probably has patients with burns from fireworks injuries around July 4th.

8. Please tell your children not to take any medications, Tylenol or any other medicine from people they don’t trust. Every day in the United States people are dying from fentanyl. And some fentanyl is put into pill form and disguised as normal pain relievers.

9. When I was a kid, I’d hop on my bike in the morning and not return until supper time. I bet this played out for a lot of you, but the world is very different today. Know where your kids are going. Make sure their phones are charged and make sure there’s going to be a parent or adult around.

10. Never get behind the wheel if you’ve been drinking. Enjoying some cocktails, craft beer or some good wine on a summer day is great, but be careful and don’t drive if you’re not sober. Call a cab, an Uber, or designate a sober driver.

Finally, if you’re out at a festival, parade, park or anywhere else and you see a police officer or deputy sheriff, say hello. If you see a canine officer, ask if you can pet their dog. A lot of these officers are working overtime on their days and nights off to keep these celebrations safe. A smile and a wave goes a long way.

I hope all of you have a safe, fun summer. But please, don’t forget to wear sunscreen.

Sheriff Thomas M. Hodgson




  1. Ken Masson

    June 28, 2022 at 11:08 am

    Just don’t end up in one of his hell hole prisons. The only thing he’s looking for now is reelection and he knows he has a younger, smarter and more qualified opponent now. Somebody that wants to clean up the mess and move on instead of making it a career into his seventies.

  2. SocialCrusticeCrusader

    June 28, 2022 at 3:30 pm

    Great job Sheriff Hodgson! You can judge a man by his enemies. These antifa kooks are hell bent on reforming law and order into a daycare and summer camp atmosphere. Hopefully your leadership will continue in the expectation that violent perpetrators will be treated commensurate to their crimes. Those you have protected from the criminal element will surely have your back. Why change a great thing? Re-elect sheriff Hodgson for a safer Bristol County!

  3. Antifa, the good people that fear fascism!

    June 29, 2022 at 7:26 am

    Obviously that’s MoronMaximus above. He likes fascist asshole haters likes Hodgson and Trump. That’s why he’s afraid of antifa! Why would anyone be afraid of an unorganized group of anti-fascist unless they’re fascist? This country fought against fascism during world war II and now many in this country support it.

    Only haters want to punish prisoners instead of rehabilitating them. This is why Hodgson has one of the worst reciticism rates in the state costing Bristol county a lot of money and all the waste in his system. I wonder if he still gets a new state vehicle every year?

    It’s time for some intelligent leadership. It’s time to get an extremist Trump supporter out of this job.

    Mayor Paul Heroux for sheriff

    • SocialCrusticeCrusader

      June 29, 2022 at 7:34 pm

      Not sure who you are or what you’re ranting about, but you are clearly an unhinged lunatic. Criminals commit more crimes when they are not held accountable for previous transgressions. Tom Hodgson is a God in the law enforcement community and he has the support of the greatest president in the history of America, Donald J Trump. No American President has ever been so targeted by the Administrative State but of course your too stupid to know any better. Antifa goons dress in all black and hide their identities during their criminal anti-social behavior. Why do you worship these idiots, they are the real fascists? Why do they hide their identities? It is going to be a beautiful time to be an American when Donald J Trump returns to the white house and all of the real fascists are tried and punished for attempting to destroy our beautiful America. We’ll see how proud you are to fly your antifa flag then, I am willing to bet you’ll be joining your friends hiding in local Fall River basements. What a complete embarrassment you must be to your family. Grow up and stop acting like socialist revolutions are cool. America will not stand for your stupidity! PS; Che Grevuerra t-shirts are not cool anymore, try an Alex Jones shirt then you’ll be cool…

  4. Fascist insurrectionist trumpism isn't cool

    June 30, 2022 at 8:40 am

    Like I said it’s MoronMaximus the supporter of haters and fascists everywhere above! Typical conservative fear believes things without any evidence like conspiracies. If it were up to the fascist they would torture and kill inmates. Research has proven over and over again that educating and training inmates lowers reciticism rates saving money. I always thought conservatives were for saving taxpayers dollars? The problem is the above isn’t a conservative he’s a populist for fascism.

    My money is on rehabilitation. It’s the smarter way of doing things then the knuckledrager away.

    You can support a fascist insurrectionist white supremacist or you could support a proven leader who wants to improve the sheriff’s department and save the county money and not make it a grifter career.

    • KenPinnochioMasocist

      June 30, 2022 at 11:02 am

      All fake news and lies from the massonic mench! Insurrection took place on Nov. 3rd 2020 with the stolen election. Jan 6th committee is a fraud run by compromised Democrat progressives. 2 fake impeachment trials. Fake Russian Collusion dossier. Cover up of the Biden Crime Syndicate. Democrats are good at saving money in the penal system because they want to defund law enforcement. No one will be held to account no matter how heinous the crimes under Democrat leadership. More lies as usual from the mentally incapacitated Ken Moronic Massonic. The world view you hold is apparently from the Dark Ages, you must be a barbarian troglodyte.

      • Antifa, the good guys! Not fascist!

        July 2, 2022 at 2:35 pm

        Wow everything’s fake and a giant conspiracy in lunatic MoronMaximus’s mind. He’s a perfect example of somebody brainwashed and not intelligent enough to recognize it. What is it about people like Putin, Trump, Mussolini, and Hitler that sucker the weak minded? All you have to do is keep on lying to them over and over and over and over and over again and it becomes the truth!

        Oh, I only use antifa because it triggers fascist MoronMaximus. He believes Democrats are still Dixiecrats and Republicans are still the party of Lincoln. I guess he needs to study Nixon’s southern strategy and the Democrats passing civil rights legislation.

        • MortisMaximus

          July 3, 2022 at 8:28 pm

          What of the 51 former intelligence heads who signed onto a letter stating that the Hunter Biden Laptop was Russian dis-info? What of the Mueller investigation. 40 million dollars later and 3 years; no Collusion? What about the two phony impeachments? How about the Phony Jan 6th commission spreading total lies? What about the BIG LIE, that JoeBama won the 2020 election? All lies. Ken Moronic is an asshole and a total lying fraud. Keep screaming of Hitler and fascism as those are your buzz words for gaslighting good honest Americans. You are a total piece of shit. I bet that soon you will implode because of your own spiritual dissonance. Ken Massonic hates America just like his god Barry Soetoro, AKA: Barack the Hussein Obama. Comparing Trump to Hitler shows clearly that you are a fraud! Now you can consume this you fascist pig demon.

          “No amount of evidence will ever persuade an idiot” Mark Twain

          Get a life you total fraud against humanity!

    • ScaredConservative

      June 30, 2022 at 11:05 am

      Why does Antifa hide their identities? Please answer this question Mr. Antifa.

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