“B THE SHERIFF”
My logo is “B The Sheriff”. This means law enforcement officers need the community’s help. Unfortunately, there are not enough officers to be in every neighborhood every second of every day so that’s why I say for you to “B The Sheriff”. If you see something that doesn’t look right, say something. Get to know your neighbors and let them know when you’re going out of town. Ask them to watch your home. I support local neighborhood watch groups and want to reinstate the Citizens On Patrol volunteer programs. I will reach out to local youth and increase the sheriff’s presence in after school activities. The baby boomer generation is retiring and I’m sure they would love to stay busy while still making a difference! I would even like to start using volunteers to take care of some of the everyday tasks like answering the phone for non-emergency calls and handing out police and accident reports. Getting the community involved will not only result in more transparency in the Sheriff’s Office, but will build more community support. My goal is to develop and maintain a strong partnership between this County and the law enforcement that is sworn to protect it.
I also plan to implement a K9 unit as this is very important to Law Enforcement. Police dogs are normally used to sniff out explosives and narcotics, search for and apprehend criminals, assist in search and rescue missions, trace and pick up accelerants at suspected arson sites, and help in other important jobs within the police force. Some police dogs are trained to detect the odor of possible decomposed bodies. Police dogs wear protective gear just like their human partners do. They are treated as any other member of the police force. An assault on a police dog is treated as if it were an assault on any other police officer. When off duty, they are loved and adored family members. A K9 team is able to complete searches much faster than average and is essential to ensure the efficiency of law enforcement. Police dogs help deter criminals and help save lives. They are cherished members of law enforcement in most agencies.
Should you need a permit to conceal carry? No, I believe the 2nd Amendment is my permit! The Sheriffs’ Departments all across this country have made this another way to get your hard earned money for something that you were given as an unalienable right as an American Citizen on December 15, 1791. The more we fight to keep our rights, the more the Government will back off and stop trying to take them away. As your next Sheriff, I will train my Deputies that armed law-abiding citizens will not be treated like criminals. Deputies will not question an armed person, whether the weapon is concealed or not, unless the person is suspected of a crime. I know that as we travel this great nation you need a permit because other counties require one. The current Sheriff is charging $20.00. As the next Sheriff of Shelby County, I will reduce the price as much as possible. The State of Alabama charges $7.50 a year for a permit for concealed carry. As Sheriff and the administrator of your tax dollars, I will do my best to keep fees for concealed carry permits as low as possible.
PREVENTION OF HEROIN DEATHS VS. HELICOPTER PROGRAM
In Shelby County Narcotic cases are continuing to grow at a rapid pace and heroin deaths in the combined area consisting of Jefferson, St. Clair, Shelby, and Talladega counties have seen a major spike as well. Shelby County has seen a 1,750% increase in heroin deaths. In August 2013, Chris George (Current Chief Deputy) stated, “What we’re running right now is about a 50% unsolvable rate. … It’s unsolvable because we don’t have the resources to solve it.” If that’s the case we don’t need the expense of a helicopter. A helicopter program cost approximately $500.00 an hour to operate which includes fuel, maintenance and storage. This helicopter serves no purpose to the Sheriff’s Office except to chauffeur the Sheriff around like he is royalty. We need to focus more on preventing heroin deaths and do away with this helicopter program that is expensive and useless.