The First 100 Days
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Day - 1 - Return to basic policing by reorganizing patrol deputies work back to solving criminal cases through processing of crime scenes for fingerprints and other items of potential evidence (working in sync with the criminal investigations division of the sheriff's office).
- This staple of police work has been cut back deeply in the Fauquier Sheriff’s office, and the arrest and clearance rate statistics reflect it (see attached chart).
30 days - Major update of the Sheriff's department website into a robust two way communication mechanism.
- Functionality will be pursued to ease reporting of minor, nonviolent crimes which otherwise go largely unreported (and uncounted in our data) when a trip to meet the victim is required. An unreported crime is unlikely to be solved.
- Provide the community with more information seeking leads from the public, for example in all seven unsolved county homicides (only 3 are referred to in the current, low-function, website , see attached) and on recent violent crimes in Bealeton.
- Increase use of Public Service Announcements.
30 days - Develop an in house training schedule for Crisis Intervention Training for increasing instances of mental illness in conflict with law enforcement for Sheriff's Office Personnel.
- Mirroring national trends, more of our conflicts are with persons suffering from mental illness, and we must be better prepared for the unique challenges this poses.
30 days - Crime prevention and information sharing campaign for business owners in Bealeton and other affected communities.
- This is now best practice everywhere , but our sheriffs office lags in targeted community crime prevention outreach.
30 days - Start the path toward law-enforcement accreditation by paying the $250.00 fee to the Virginia Law Enforcement Professional Standards Commission begin the self-assessment process.
- Accreditation is very important. As a comprehensive review of 190 standards involving administration, operations, personnel, and training, it will bring us into best practices in law enforcement operations, as exhibited by the recent re-accreditation of the Town of Warrenton Police.
- In our region. there are only two jurisdictions that are not accredited: Rappahannock County (with a small population of 7,300 people) and the Fauquier County Sheriff's Office.
- Accreditation will also enable us to access law enforcement grant money and training from both the federal government and the State of Virginia.
Our Sheriff has long said accreditation is an important priority; he is right, but has not delivered it in 12 years.
30 days - Applications for Sheriff's Office individual command staff to obtain a security clearance allowing for our ability to understand and prepare for internal and even external terroristic threats.
- Experts agree that the exposure is increasing almost everywhere in the U.S.
30 to 60 days - Publish a crime data and information update product for distribution to the public including the clearance rates for reported crimes.
- Providing crime news to the public will help solve crime and insure accountability.
60 days - Meet personally by now with the chief law enforcement officers for each jurisdiction in and around Fauquier County, building relationships.
- Proactive law enforcement response to crime, especially illegal drug and gang activity, requires strong working partnerships with law enforcement locally, including the Warrenton Police Department, Town of Remington Police Department, Lord Fairfax Community College Police Department and with surrounding counties.
60 to 90 days - Demonstrate significant inroads in critical community outreach.
- I will embolden the Crime Solvers Program, and I will dedicate time to visit in the community on a consistent basis. I will institute volunteer programs including a Law Enforcement Explorer Program (Police Cadet) and Chaplain Program.
90 Days - Establish auxiliary or Special Deputy Program to leverage the expertise of our retired law enforcement community willing to volunteer to assist the Sheriff's Office.
- So many retired law enforcement professionals are eager to help in their community. We need to facilitate that great motivation, and be more like the fire department in that regard.
90 days - Increase police presence- visibility by marking all sheriff's office vehicles not assigned to criminal investigations or command staff.
- Again, this is basic police practice. Marked cars "show the flag" and participate actively in crime deterrence just by driving by. Today, a grossly disproportionate percentage of sheriff department cruisers are unmarked and for reasons having nothing to do with law enforcement.
100 days - Hold first advisory roundtable of local law enforcement professionals.
- Not surprisingly, we have a large population of highly distinguished, active senior law enforcement professionals. Many leave in the morning for the District and other locales, where they are leaders of significant agencies. It is time to collect this enormous resource into an advisory to meet at least twice a year to provide the sheriff with diverse opinion and wide perspectives on excellence.
Ongoing - Accessibility I Regular interaction with the Board of Supervisors and other local and state government officials.
- Critical to ensuring strong support at many levels.
Ongoing - Promote morale and esprit de corps of our law-enforcement personnel (to pull together, and consistently pursue professional standards, through immediate feedback and recognition, as well as professional development.
- Our people are our #1 asset; nothing is impossible with the right team and the right motivation.