Quality of life
This is a multi-faceted category. Part of our beautiful American dream is the right to life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness. Happiness can be fleeting based on life circumstance, some of which we can’t control. But what we can control is the way our government and our police protect us and help us pursue that happiness.
Further, I will utilize Targeted Enforcement Areas (TEA), pulling resources together to target a specific crime in a specific area. I have spoken on this type of enforcement since I was able to practice it years ago, and it just makes sense. Sadly, the Sheriff’s Office simply doesn’t have the manpower right now to merely raise proactive patrol efforts, so using officers from specialty units and patrol together for a set amount of time to reduce crime in a targeted area will be the most efficient method.
Another point of public safety that that seems obvious but unfortunately has gone by the wayside is the Sheriff’s Office Reserve Deputy Program. These deputies spent years working without pay to assist with public safety, and they should be allowed to do so again. While costs to retain them have increased due to new rules set by the Criminal Justice Training Commission (CJTC), we will still save money with pay and benefits with the reserves. The reserve program also allows the department to represent the demographic of the community in which they serve.
There are three types of homelessness: acute, chronic, and criminal. What all three categories have in common is humanity. We must bring what I call compassionate accountability to the homeless problem facing Clark County. I’ve come up with and already begun implementing to the best of my ability a model I call The NET. The NET model utilizes all resources available to find real solutions for each individual person facing homelessness. That may be a government-funded resource for shelter and food combined with a private business’ ability to provide counseling and another business to provide job skills or drug rehabilitation. Every single person has something to bring to the table to fight homelessness. The only way to find a real and lasting solution is to bring all of those valuable resources together.
I have spent my entire 37-year career finding ways to connect with and serve the public in ways that go above and beyond my duties. I believe that police have an incredible advantage in opportunities to bring real help to people. REAL community policing brings the police to the forefront of solving real problems facing the community, and encourages the community to get involved with those solutions.
If you hear the words “reimagining policing,” RUN. This is a feel-good term meant to distract you from the fact that the government is attempting to handcuff your protection. Taking away police power and ability (which has already been done to a great extent this year thanks to the state legislature and governor) to keep our people and our cities safe is not the answer to our problems. There should certainly be government programs to provide certain levels of assistance to people with mental health illness or drug addiction, but if you want the police to be effective, they should have MORE funding for training, not less funding for less resources. Having less police on the streets doesn’t do anything except make people less safe.
I spent 15 years as a school resource officer, and I know first-hand the importance of having the police having a positive, early relationship with our youth. Having officers in our schools is not only a good thing for quick response should a person intend to commit and evil crime against our children, but it’s also important to form those relationships. As sheriff, I will do everything in my power to maintain a partnership with our schools to continue to be able to fund having an officer dedicated to their district.
Our current jail is not acceptable for the men and women who serve there daily, and it’s not acceptable for those housed in it. I’ve seen firsthand that many parts of the jail aren’t even functional, and it’s not even at full capacity due to covid restrictions. It takes too long to get inmates booked in because of a lack of space and resources, which takes road officers out of commission for longer than it should. The entire jail has only one nurse at a time for all inmates, and they don’t have mental health assistance available on site. These deficits need to be rectified. As sheriff, I will do all I can to find the funding (via grants or other means which don’t impose unnecessary financial strain to our community) to get our county a new, safer, cleaner, and functioning jail facility with all the resources necessary to allow the jailers to do their job efficiently and allow the inmates to have access to a healthy environment and the help they need.
I am a Constitutional conservative. This means that I believe in the Constitution and upholding all that it represents. Our founding fathers had the wisdom to create this document in order to form a more perfect union- and prevent a government from becoming so powerful so as to strip away unalienable rights, that is, rights granted to all mankind by the Lord our God. My vow is to protect you from unconstitutional laws to the best of my ability as your sheriff.
You have rights granted by God and outlined in the first amendment. Included in those is the right to peacefully assemble and protest. But it must be just that: peaceful. We have seen Portland allow criminals to tear apart their city in the name of justice, in the name of their freedom of speech. That’s not freedom of speech: that’s lawlessness. I will not allow the First Amendment to be tarnished by bad actors. You also have the right to practice your religion. That means the government shall not tell you that you can’t worship, that you can’t gather in fellowship. As sheriff, I will not enforce any mandate or so-called law that tells you you’re not allowed to worship our Father.
You have the right to physically protect yourself, and to many, that means carrying a firearm. As your sheriff, not only will I support your right to carry firearms, I will also do everything in my power to find a way and speed up the process for a license to carry concealed. Right now I’m told it’s at least an 8 month wait for that license. That’s unacceptable. I will use whatever resources in my power to streamline and expedite that process. Private citizens should not be forced to either go without protection or break a law because of governmental incompetence or inefficiency.
In the past year, we’ve seen the government attempt to take away a person’s right to make their own medical decision. We have seen them force masks many of us against our will, we’ve seen them attempt to issue what is essentially a passport regarding vaccines. If I’m elected and we face similar circumstances during my term, I vow to not enforce any unconstitutional law. A private business has the right to require masks if they choose, and a person has the right to not to into that business. But the government certainly does not have the right to tell a business it MUST require masks or a vaccination cards or anything else before they can serve the public.