Welcome! I wanted to hit the home page with my philosophy on how the Sheriff's office will and should be run. Little by little I will be adding new items and hope you will reach out with any questions! Thank you for this opportunity to serve you.
Law Enforcement is an honorable profession. Badge pinning day is a big deal when one realizes the awesome responsibility he/she is about to swear to uphold. The oath of office mirrors the Law Enforcement code of ethics:
AS A LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER, my fundamental duty is to serve mankind; to safeguard lives and property; to protect the innocent against deception, the weak against oppression or intimidation, and the peaceful against violence or disorder; and to respect the Constitutional rights of all men to liberty, equality and justice.
I WILL keep my private life unsullied as an example to all; maintain courageous calm in the face of danger, scorn, or ridicule; develop self-restraint; and be constantly mindful of the welfare of others. Honest in thought and deed in both my personal and official life, I will be exemplary in obeying the laws of the land and the regulations of my department. Whatever I see or hear of a confidential nature or that is confided to me in my official capacity will be kept ever secret unless revelation is necessary in the performance of my duty.
I WILL never act officiously or permit personal feelings, prejudices, animosities or friendships to influence my decisions. With no compromise for crime and with relentless prosecution of criminals, I will enforce the law courteously and appropriately without fear or favor, malice or ill will, never employing unnecessary force or violence and never accepting gratuities.
I RECOGNIZE the badge of my office as a symbol of public faith, and I accept it as a public trust to be held so long as I am true to the ethics of the police service. I will constantly strive to achieve these objectives and ideals, dedicating myself before God to my chosen profession...law enforcement.
As Sheriff, I will enforce the standards set up within these guidelines. The badge is an honor, not a right to abuse authority or live above the law. The office of the Sheriff is not a place for cronies or corruption, domestic violence or cover-ups. The office of the Sheriff should be held in high esteem and trustworthiness with public support. Communities should work hand in hand with leadership and not fear those who pull them over. Respect is earned, not a given. The men and women who don the badge have earned a position through hard work and study and with the position comes higher standards. Those who live the code of ethics and don’t live above the law are people who should want to work for me because it is what will be expected.
The law enforcement profession is honorable and I admire those who choose this field for the right reasons; the hours are long and the circumstances are not always enviable. Remembering that good people have bad days is of utmost importance and how those citizens are treated speaks volumes about character.
I do not expect perfection, but a willingness to do the right things, even when the blue line presses in. The public trust is above all, and the most important prize one can garner; because without it, we are just another entity. This office is not a good ol’ boy system. The office of Sheriff will be served with dignity and honor from the top on down. Do not expect the status quo, expect truth from those who show up at your door. Nothing swept under the rug and the ability to accept responsibility for errors. Yes, the buck will stop with me!
Yours for the community,
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