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What are your qualifications to hold this office?I have over 37 years of law enforcement and public safety experience, formal education and specialized training with significant crisis management and leadership experience. I have hired good people, trained them well, continue to reinvest in them, and hold them accountable.
We celebrate our rich history and traditions, focusing on current challenges to public safety in our community. We do this by utilizing cutting edge technology to track and establish crime trends, communicate with our citizens, work to improve the quality of life in our communities in partnership with our citizens, and identify and prepare for future challenges.
What do you hope to accomplish during your fourth term as Sheriff?The Sheriff's Office has established a cultural foundation of accountability and service to our citizens. We continue to recruit new Deputy Sheriffs, Correctional Officers, and Civilian support staff in a very challenging and competitive environment.
My goal has been, and will continue to be, to establish your St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office as a premier law enforcement agency that is responsive and accountable to its communities. I hope to expand the very successful Lexington Park community policing model to other areas of the county, as well as improve our communication with the public and further enhancement of our crime fighting efforts.
What are the most important Public Safety challenges in St. Mary’s?
- COMBATTING ILLICIT DRUG USE and the associated crime that occurs to provide dependent users their drug of choice. Aside from successful drug investigation and enforcement, we must educate the public on the changing drug trends and use - specifically heroin and opiate pill use. The Heroin / Opiate Response Plan is in short, one of prevention, treatment and enforcement.
- ADDRESS THE FAILING INFRASTRUCTURE AND SPACE NEEDS IN THE DETENTION REHABILITATION CENTER.
- ADDRESS THE NEEDS OF THE SHERIFF’S OFFICE ADMINISTRATIVE AND OPERATIONAL COMPONENTS.
- CONTINUE WORKING WITH OUR SCHOOLS, public and private, to insure the safety and security of our students, staff and teachers.
- RECRUITING to develop the resources (people) necessary to work toward these challenges by providing law enforcement, correctional services, and civilian support expertise to a growing community.
- DEVELOP REGIONAL CAPABILITIES to perform computer forensic analysis.
- CONTINUE TO DEVELOP response to mental health crisis capabilities
- EMPLOYEE WELLNESS INITIATIVES for Sheriff’s Office personnel.
- TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT AND ENFORCEMENT INITIATIVES that improve highway safety and reduce death and injury caused by crashes. The Sheriff’s Office completes a comprehensive traffic crash analysis each year which helps us determine the need for prevention, education and enforcement initiatives. Our traffic safety initiatives have been recognized both state-wide and nationally. In 2014 the Sheriff’s Office placed first in the International Association of Chiefs of Police National Law Enforcement Chief’s Challenge. We also placed first in the Maryland Law Enforcement Challenge. We have just begun the development of a Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP) which is a coordinated, comprehensive, traffic safety plan that provides the framework for reducing highway fatalities and serious injuries on all public streets and highways. It establishes overall goals and objectives as well as objectives and strategies within each of six key emphasis areas. This will be accomplished by a committee comprised of various government representatives and citizens who will look at all aspects of our traffic crashes, roadways and traffic complaints. They will then make recommendations for enforcement and / or engineering.