During my campaign in 2008, I promised the people of Fannin County that I would provide quality leadership to reform and move our sheriff’s office forward. Upon taking office in 2009, I immediately began putting programs and policies in place to address the problems and needs of our sheriff’s office.
Training and education programs were implemented immediately. Our highest priority has been all the high risk areas that our officers encounter commonly while on duty. Many hours have also been spent training in more administrative fields which is a large portion of what our officers do daily. Leadership and my deep seated belief in training and education has led to better trained and prepared officers in an attempt to reduce risk to all our personnel.
New computerized records management systems have led to more efficient and complete reporting capabilities. The availability of accurate and complete reports from officers is vital for the prosecution of criminals and the protection of property. My leadership has led to many hours being spent making sure our officers are trained properly in this endeavor.
A Court Services division was created to handle all the civil and court functions that our office is mandated by law to perform. This allows our patrol officers to concentrate totally on answering the calls from the public and to enforce the law. My leadership led to the creation of this division and has allowed our office to be much more productive.
Our office is now a terminal agency for the Georgia Crime Information Center and the National Crime Information Center which are the holders of all the criminal history and arrest information of all persons in the United States. All our detention staff as well as administrative staff are certified operators and are now capable of obtaining and transmitting necessary information for tracking persons and property all across the country. This was a huge undertaking and under my leadership we were able to complete it.
It was my objective to create a new Standard Operating Procedures Manual. Our policies and procedures have been modified and training has been provided to allow officers to have a reference and guide to our particular way of doing business. Much time was spent analyzing and creating this document to insure that as much confusion and uncertainty as possibly could be eliminated. Officers have been educated to the fact that this manual is not a step by step instruction book, but a basic guide and reference available to them when they need it. My leadership led to all the security and protection that our officers obtain from the creation of our Standard Operating Procedures Manual.
Officer’s equipment was assessed and upgraded to a standard which gave our front line men the tools that are necessary to perform the duties asked of them. Quality firearms, bulletproof vests and dependable vehicles were at the top of the list of immediate needs and were obtained first. Other necessary upgrades and additions followed and have proven most useful in carrying out the daily duties of our office.
All of the accomplishments listed above were achieved while keeping within the budgets set by the Board of County Commission. By leading my office to be a more efficient and productive force, we have stayed within the budgets dictated by these times and kept up with the modernization I set out to achieve.
These are only a few of the ways that I have upheld my promise to you from 2008 to provide leadership for our sheriff’s office. While economic times may be challenging, the providing of quality leadership is one of the ways that we can continue to move our office in a positive direction.
Leading this great group of men and women to do what we have done has been a real pleasure and I sincerely look forward to four more years of the same success.
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