Over the past six months, Jim has met with hundreds of Kershaw County residents who share a deep concern about the following issues:
- Break-ins and thefts
Cracking Down on Drugs.
Jim will create a new special drug task force made up of officers from police agencies within Kershaw County, and together they will unify efforts and target high-level drug dealers.
This task force will also work side-by-side with Sheriff’s departments in adjoining counties, as well as with state and federal authorities who focus on fighting drug trafficking. That will enable Kershaw County law enforcement to take advantage of state and federal resources and funds that are currently not utilized.
Jim has personally led a federal drug task force comprised if state and local agencies here in the Midlands. Under his leadership, the task force saw huge success:
In Fairfield County, it busted a major drug ring that had been terrorizing the county for years. Twenty-four people went to federal prison, and nearly $1-million in assets were seized. Those assets were then given back to the Fairfield County Sheriff’s Department and the other agencies represented on the task force.
Curbing Gang Activity.
Early intervention is key to keeping our young people from giving in to gangs. Jim will work with the Kershaw County School District and other local agencies to eliminate gang activity today – and to save kids from having their lives ruined by gangs tomorrow.
Jim will designate officers who will focus on:
- Identifying gangs and gang members
- Tracking gang activity
- Proactively intervening with young people who are on the fringe of joining gangs
These officers will work with the Sheriff’s drug task force and law enforcement gang units in neighboring counties. But they cannot solve this problem alone. We need the help of Kershaw County citizens, and Jim plans to involve anyone willing to fight in the effort to protect our youth.
Reducing Break-ins and Thefts.
The vast majority of break-ins are the result of addicts looking for items to steal and sell so they can buy drugs. Cracking down on the sale of drugs will help reduce the number of break-ins. It is important that the Sheriff’s Department investigate each break-in thoroughly, as it is likely that one arrest may lead to the dismantling of an entire housebreaking ring.
To help in this battle, Jim will greatly expand neighborhood watch programs. He will also take advantage of existing technology to better organize and communicate with these groups. For example, counties with progressive Sheriff’s Departments track patterns of criminal activity and post it to secure areas of the Sheriff’s website. Neighborhood Watch groups can log on and be alerted to criminal activity in their neighborhoods.
In addition to addressing these three concerns, Jim plans to:
- Create a DUI/drug interdiction traffic unit
- Target Internet predators
- Serve ALL areas of the county equally and provide fair and honest law enforcement to ALL the citizens of the county
- Take advantage of federal resources to better equip and train deputies and provide continual in-service training to deputies
- Begin cooperating with law enforcement agencies in surrounding counties
- Modernize record keeping and communications
- Enhance the reserve deputy program
- Regularly hold town hall meetings with citizens around the county