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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.

Philosophy

 

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,

Debra

News

Tuesday, August 2, 2016 8:16 AM

10 Reasons NOT to vote for me

https://youtu.be/M51g3zGAC0s


Saturday, June 18, 2016 2:26 PM

Leadership

I loved this take on leadership by Suzy Kassem. She is young and very in touch with her leadership perspectives. Please take the time to read her thoughts. This is the kind of leader I am striving to be for our community....together!

~Debra

A Nation's Greatness Depends On Its Leader

 


To vastly improve your country and truly make it great again, start by choosing a better leader. Do not let the media or the establishment make you pick from the people they choose, but instead choose from those they do not pick. Pick a leader from among the people who is heart-driven, one who identifies with the common man on the street and understands what the country needs on every level. Do not pick a leader who is only money-driven and does not understand or identify with the common man, but only what corporations need on every level.

Pick a peacemaker. One who unites, not divides. A cultured leader who supports the arts and true freedom of speech, not censorship. Pick a leader who will not only bail out banks and airlines, but also families from losing their homes -- or jobs due to their companies moving to other countries. Pick a leader who will fund schools, not limit spending on education and allow libraries to close. Pick a leader who chooses diplomacy over war. An honest broker in foreign relations. A leader with integrity, one who says what they mean, keeps their word and does not lie to their people. Pick a leader who is strong and confident, yet humble. Intelligent, but not sly. A leader who encourages diversity, not racism. One who understands the needs of the farmer, the teacher, the doctor, and the environmentalist -- not only the banker, the oil tycoon, the weapons developer, or the insurance and pharmaceutical lobbyist.

Pick a leader who will keep jobs in your country by offering companies incentives to hire only within their borders, not one who allows corporations to outsource jobs for cheaper labor when there is a national employment crisis. Choose a leader who will invest in building bridges, not walls. Books, not weapons. Morality, not corruption. Intellectualism and wisdom, not ignorance. Stability, not fear and terror. Peace, not chaos. Love, not hate. Convergence, not segregation. Tolerance, not discrimination. Fairness, not hypocrisy. Substance, not superficiality. Character, not immaturity. Transparency, not secrecy. Justice, not lawlessness. Environmental improvement and preservation, not destruction. Truth, not lies.

Most importantly, a great leader must serve the best interests of the people first, not those of multinational corporations. Human life should never be sacrificed for monetary profit. There are no exceptions. In addition, a leader should always be open to criticism, not silencing dissent. Any leader who does not tolerate criticism from the public is afraid of their dirty hands to be revealed under heavy light. And such a leader is dangerous, because they only feel secure in the darkness. Only a leader who is free from corruption welcomes scrutiny; for scrutiny allows a good leader to be an even greater leader.

And lastly, pick a leader who will make their citizens proud. One who will stir the hearts of the people, so that the sons and daughters of a given nation strive to emulate their leader's greatness. Only then will a nation be truly great, when a leader inspires and produces citizens worthy of becoming future leaders, honorable decision makers and peacemakers. And in these times, a great leader must be extremely brave. Their leadership must be steered only by their conscience, not a bribe.

Suzy Kassem
 
12/4/2015

 

***This article was used with permission from the author.


Monday, May 23, 2016 12:00 AM

self investigating


Friday, May 20, 2016 12:00 AM

Domestic violence

https://youtu.be/kpBC8Gq4Izwhttp://


Tuesday, May 17, 2016 12:00 AM

R.I.D.


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