Category: Blog Entry
Posted on 21 Sep 2022, 10:13 - Category: Blog Entry
This is an overview of my plan for the first six months in the Sheriff’s Office if I were to win the election. It is a encapsulation of my goals and objectives which can be found under that heading on this website.
- Reorganization of current manpower for increased coverage and visibility across the county.
- Perform a redistricting study to meet expanding demands for service at existing levels of staffing.
- Increase and improve intelligence sharing and relationships with other area law enforcement agencies to better identify and prosecute criminal activity.
- Increase training – beginning with Communication techniques, De-escalation, and the Constitution- as it pertains to law enforcement. Improved service to citizens begins with improved training of deputies.
- Conduct a budget audit to make sure we’re utilizing citizen dollars to the best of our ability.
- Begin a robust hiring program – Advertising locally, as well as in Law enforcement journals, and online police recruitment sites. Develop and produce a recruitment video, and designate a recruitment team to visit nearby job fairs and college campuses.
- Streamline the application process. The most effective recruitment and selection processes are those that are completed quickly and allow a candidate to move swiftly from application to employment decision points.
- Reinstate the reserve deputy program as a force multiplier/ enhancement to staffing in areas of Patrol, Detention and Courts.
- Thinking long range – Begin a Cadet and/or Explorers program and conduct “Cop Camp” during the summer for 8-12 year olds to build interest in police careers.
- Meet individually with uniformed and civilian staff to address their concerns. Begin a culture within the department where communication can be open and respected. Recognize talent and acknowledge good performance. The goal is to improve relationships and build trust.
- Increase training opportunities, and career planning for all department deputies including a re-evaluation of the promotional process.
- I will have an open-door policy and will welcome frequent and candid communication.
- Institute a pay matrix that is fair and equitable. Tackle salary issues.
BEGIN MENTORSHIP PLAN
- I have done a lot of research on formal mentorship plans for police agencies, and have chosen a mentorship program that I believe will work at the Sheriff’s Office. Unfortunately, the details are too lengthy to share here. See my blog post on Mentorship.
IMPROVE COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT
- Conduct town hall meetings in various areas of the county to discuss crime issues
- Make department information publicly available. Redo website and post organizational charts, policies and procedures, manpower levels, yearly reports and crime statics (CompStat) will all be available there.
- Increase our website presence and use Twitter and Instagram in addition to Facebook to engage with county residents.
- Conduct community safety and crime prevention classes.
Posted on 27 Aug 2022, 10:11 - Category: Blog Entry
Posted on 24 Aug 2022, 10:24 - Category: Blog Entry
Posted on 06 Aug 2022, 14:23 - Category: Blog Entry
When people ask about my experience, I usually deliver my resume, which covers the broad outline of my career, such as dates and assignments. What that overview doesn’t cover however, is what my day-to-day experiences on the street for twenty-one years were like— the calls I handled, and the lessons I learned. THAT is the experience that counts; the kind of experience that prepares a person for anything, and makes them aware of what to look out for and to recognize a problem when they see it.
The majority of my career was spent on some of the toughest streets in the nation. Forbes Magazine (2/22) – names St. Louis as the most dangerous city in America. I would have to agree. Every bit of the top-notch training I received was utilized and honed in my day-to-day work there. Calls that small town law enforcement officers see once in a career were a daily occurrence in St. Louis. I’ve handled shootings too numerous to count, and know what it’s like to utilize a canine to search for everything from contraband, to guns, to dead bodies. I’ve handled, hundreds of domestic calls, robberies, first-degree assaults and violent sexual assaults, and have taken rounds fired into my police car more than once. Nearly every suspect I encountered was armed, so I learned that officer safety was not to be taken lightly or blown off. I stood Honor Guard at the funerals of five of my close friends.
As a supervisor, right up to the rank of Lieutenant, I spent the majority of my time on the street with my officers, working along side them and managing the flow of calls. It was not uncommon to have the dispatchers come over the radio saying, “any cars available – numerous calls pending” and to move from one high-profile call to another during an entire shift. As a Lieutenant in St. Louis, I managed nearly as many men in my district as there are in the Sheriff’s Department here as a whole. I mentored them, provided correction, and counseled more than a few who needed a friendly ear.
My experience here on patrol in Laramie County though different was just as valuable. It provided me the opportunity to connect with citizens one on one to handle their complaints and listen to them talk. I have knowledge of how the Sheriff’s department manages the flow of calls, and where current operating procedures work and where they fall short. I’m aware of strengths and weaknesses across the board, and know where additional training would be beneficial. Most importantly, I recognized some warning signs within the community that ultimately led me to run for Sheriff.
What everyone in Laramie County should know is that the dangerous areas I patrolled in St. Louis didn’t start out that way. They became that way over years of neglect, resulting in low police manpower, declining property values, an ever-increasing drug problem and an overall failure to recognize and respond to the warning signs..
Laramie County needs a sheriff that has experienced the worst so that they work diligently to preserve the best. To everyone who asks, I tell them that the number one reason why I want to be your next sheriff is so that I use my experience to preserve the way of life we enjoy here. My wide range of experience across years, handling a multitude of calls for service both in St. Louis and Laramie County have more than prepared me to take on the role of Sheriff. Vote for me – November 8th!
Posted on 23 Jul 2022, 14:41 - Category: Blog Entry