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