We must continue to address the growing concerns about crime in our community.
The Law Enforcement agencies within our community are doing a great job, however, Crime or the fear of crime is an issue that stays on the minds of most citizens. I believe that the residents of our community have the right to expect to live, work, and play in a crime free environment.
As a Commissioner, and as a 27 years Law Enforcement Professional, who spent an entire career providing public safety to this community, I understand the impact that crime or the fear of crime has on a community. I will continue to work to ensure that our court system operates efficiently and effectively to receive, implement and finalize cases that are brought before it, which helps ensure that all citizens feel that they have access to Justice. I support providing additional County resources to help employ and train additional District Attorneys who will prosecute cases and move cases through the court system. I supported the establishment of the Drug Court, which has helped to expedite drug cases. This parallel court system, I believe, will on the one hand alleviate the traffic in our current system, and on the other hand expedite the prosecution of drug related cases. We must provide adequate jail space for those who are incarcerated and at the same time remove those with mental illness to an appropriate facility that will adequately address their concerns. We must continue to provide adequate monitoring devices for known criminal offenders, which provide us with the ability to track their whereabouts in the event that a crime occurs in close proximity to them or their location. We must also continue to equip our Sherriff’s Department and other crime fighting agencies with the latest crime fighting equipment. I believe that this will enhance the safety of our community. Working collaboratively with the community to prevent and solve problems in order to enhance the quality of life for all individuals is an achievable goal.