Not many occupations require the level of professionalism as law enforcement. Although the lack of professionalism shows its face in the law enforcement field occasionally, this is one goal that must be of high priority for any administrator who is in the pursuit of excellence for his or her agency. Officers must have the opportunity to surround themselves with individuals who practice and have witnessed the importance of acting in a professional manner at all times. No agency can continue to move forward in the law enforcement field and adequately address the needs of its community without a strong belief that professionalism is at the core of success. Personal feelings and beliefs must take a back seat to fairness, the law and justice in a compassionate and understanding way.
Even though the proper path might not always be clear and the decisions difficult, you can rest assured that I, Dane Kirby, strive to practice and perform my duties in just such a way.
From day one in my first term, it has been one of my goals to create a truly professional office that the citizens of Fannin County can be proud of. I have taught our officers the importance of not only acting professional, but looking professional as well. We instruct our officers to treat people fairly and to make decisions that are based on sound judgment and the law. We encourage and build strong work ethics which lead to more motivated, productive officers and ultimately a much more efficient department. We constantly educate and train our officers to give them the knowledge they need to be able to serve the citizens of Fannin County professionally.
After almost 4 years in office, we are well on our way to making the Fannin County Sheriffs Office an example of the way a law enforcement organization of this size should operate. I work hard to cooperate with other agencies and am very proud of the reputation that we have established in the last few years. Relationships have been built with many other local, state and federal agencies that result in the availability of an unlimited amount of resources at our disposal in a time of need.
I am totally committed to continuing to operate an organization that is willing and able to face the challenges of our people and communities. Maintaining a high level of professionalism will always be at the top of my list.