With a positive but firm administrative approach, and
with unequivocal professionalism, take control of the existing
organization and stabilize the department. Restore pride and
integrity to the Cannon County Sheriff's Department. Work
toward restoring the confidence of the people in the primary
law enforcement agency in the county.
1. Adopt a
code of ethics.
2. Adopt a
"Canons of Police Ethics".
3. Require an
oath of office and oath of honor.
a "Fraternization Policy" to stop unnecessary
embarrassment to the county.
ethics training as a condition of employment
Established a sheriff's advisory panel of citizens and elected
Initiate the concept of community policing inviting
participation from community members in each voting district.
and train a formal reserve organization that would cross train
in other emergency services such as fire fighting, search and
rescue and emergency first aid.
2. Organize a
cadet program in the form of a Law Enforcement Explorer Post
associated with the Boy Scouts of America to promote law
enforcement training to the youth of Cannon County.
3. Organize a
volunteer Sheriff's Mounted Posse for search and rescue, event
crowd control, and public relations such as representing the
county in parades and events.
strict jail policy and procedures to stem the tide of lawsuits
against the county and restore confidence in our jail by the
Department of Corrections.
an Inmate Code of Discipline to create equal treatment of all
prisoners, and avoid lawsuits against the county.
inmate labor to clean the county roadsides and to improve the
3. Use inmate
labor to implement a county street sign restoration program
for public safety.
correction officers to have continued education as a condition
9-1-1 communication procedures and policy to assure the
highest level of emergency response with the shortest response
time possible. Assure proactive involvement with all emergency
agencies using the 9-1-1
system with intent to improve the system and address
1. Create a
Uniform E 9-1-1 Map Book for all emergency 9-1-1 responders to
better communicate directions to emergency units responding in
an excellent relationship with the E 9-1-1 Board to best
utilize all resources available to the county for emergency
a drug interdiction program with specially trained deputies
and K-9 partners patrolling Highway 70S to intercept and seize
drugs and contraband being transported through Cannon County.
Specifically target drug traffic between the eastern counties
and the more populated Rutherford and Davidson Counties with
the intent to augment the sheriff's budget from the sale of
forfeited assets such as vehicles and contraband money.
Participate and cooperate with other agencies in the marijuana
eradication program and other task force law enforcement
Aggressively prosecute for attempted assault, marijuana
growers that endanger innocent lives with booby-trapped
4. Seek out
and destroy clandestine drug labs and aggressively prosecute
those that endanger the population with such labs.
5. Enforce a
zero tolerance toward the sale and manufacture of drugs and
strive to educate children and young adults not to use drugs.
6. Through the
community-policing concept, develop a sheriff's patrol that is
in touch with the community and more responsive and able to
protect citizens from crime against property such as burglary,
theft and vandalism.
a zero tolerance toward domestic violence and violence against
seniors. Rigorously work to resolve complaints of violent acts
and protect all citizens from all threats and acts of
a team of investigators to follow up on criminal
investigations and development cases with and for the District
Attorney General's office.
Develop a cooperative relationship with parents, the
schools and the juvenile court to assist in diverting as many
juveniles as possible from the system through conflict
1. Create a
Scholastic Crime Stoppers program in all schools to foster a
cooperative attitude between youth and the law enforcement
Actively pursue grants, benevolent funds, and
volunteers to offset the cost of law enforcement, crime
prevention, communication and detention. Whenever possible
take advantage of surplus federal equipment and vehicles for
sheriff's department use.
Establish a public relation program that would invite
the media to openly report the progress of the department and
to advise and warn the community of potential problems in law
1. Create a weekly local radio program allowing open dialog with citizens of the county that would allow suggestions and concerns to be discussed.
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