Erath County Sheriff Tommy Bryant and S.A.L.T. (Seniors and Lawmen Together) have just released a local directory.

The 11-page directory offers senior citizens and other community members information on local services and organizations and also includes a directory of county officials as well as contact information for S.A.L.T. Council Members from across the county.

Bryant said the directory also gives S.A.L.T. an avenue for drawing attention to the program, which strives to reach out to everyone 50 years or older and bridge the gap between law enforcement officials and senior citizens.

"Everyone deserves to be safe and feel secure," Bryant said.

Bryant was first elected as sheriff in 1997, and soon after implemented S.A.L.T., a program aimed at reducing criminal victimization of senior citizens.

Following the disbanding of the Texas Attorney General's Elder Law Division, more than 145 S.A.L.T. organizations across the state crumbled, leaving five in operation in 2010. Bryant has since pledged to maintain the Erath County program indefinitely.

"If there is only one of these programs left in Texas, I want it to be ours," Bryant said.

He also said the program has given birth to a number of programs over the last 14 years, such as neighborhood watch programs across the county - including the unincorporated areas - and ongoing efforts to keep citizens informed of various scams.

"I think (S.A.L.T.) is one of the most productive programs the county has had," Bryant said.

You can get your S.A.L.T. Directory at the Erath County Sheriff's Office, the Stephenville Senior Citizens Center or at the office of the Stephenville Empire-Tribune.

S.A.L.T. Council Meetings are held on the second Thursday of the month and open to the public. For more information, contact Bryant at 965-3338.