P.O. Box 1894
Hampton, VA 23669
Phone: (757) 218-3106
To the citizens of Hampton,
I am confident that through hands-on leadership, I can restore the Hampton Sheriff’s Office to a healthy state with high staff morale, an increased focus on public safety, sound finances, and accountability to those who elect me.
It is important to consider that the role of Sheriff extends far beyond maintaining order in the jail facilities and courts. This position involves many behind-the-scenes duties that are crucial to the well being of the organization.
Both of these policy decisions put the Hampton Sheriff’s Office in a mode of regression, in which its deputies are now being looked upon as correctional officers or jailors, rather than law enforcement professionals, a status that they have earned. This is a step backward when compared to other Sheriff’s Offices, who are training their deputies to be as well-rounded as possible. I will return the Hampton Sheriff’s Office to this forward-thinking direction.
I will empower my deputies to perform their duties without worry, and instead with a solid understanding that carelessness and repeated mistakes will not be tolerated. I will remove the fear and the intimidation factor that currently exist, making employees afraid that a simple mistake or human error will cost them their job.
I want a staff that desires to work under my leadership, in which staff members are willing to volunteer their time for community service activities and not feel forced to do so. I intend to build morale by being honest, fair and consistent, and accessible to those who want to share ideas and concerns. Further, I will insist on honest opinions from those who are asked to give them, to ensure that the final decisions that I will personally make are thought through completely before action is taken.
I intend to lead the Hampton Sheriff’s Office in a hands-on way, communicating with my staff and making sure that I am available to them when I am needed. At the same time, based on expertise and experience, my administrative directors will have the authority and freedom to supervise and manage their responsibilities and personnel, while keeping me abreast of their divisions’ status. I will ensure that policies and procedures are followed closely, so that your interest is protected and your safety is not put into question.
Many decisions made under the current leadership are the result of pursuing various state and national accreditations for the Hampton Sheriff’s Office. Accreditation signifies that an agency has reached a prestigious position above and beyond the requirements of their governing authority.
An important component in the accreditation process is determining which accreditations are relevant to the agency. The American Correctional Association (ACA) and National Correctional Commission on Health Care (NCCHC) accreditations—both of which are currently held by the Hampton Sheriff’s Office—are applicable and worthy awards.
However, the most recently acquired accreditation, through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA), is not relevant to the Hampton Sheriff’s Office. This award is intended for police agencies with patrol responsibilities; however, correctional agencies may apply with the caveat that they eliminate any law enforcement responsibilities from their deputies’ job descriptions. In order to obtain this award, the Hampton Sheriff’s Office had to request numerous accreditation standard exemptions and complete an overhaul of policies and procedures—which took away the deputies’ power of arrest and ability to work extra-duty assignments. In addition, pursuit of this accreditation cost the taxpayers thousands of dollars and took up hours of staff time that could have been used to develop practical on-the-job skills.
I suggest that, rather than pursuing high-profile awards, the focus should be put on those that matter most: the staff. As Sheriff, I will work to strengthen the department from within its workforce, creating an effective, dedicated and proud organization.
To learn more about Jim’s views on the issues, please attend and ask questions at one of my scheduled campaign events or plan to attend a candidate’s debate for Hampton Sheriff. Date and time TBD––
Please revisit my web site and the “News and Events” web page. The date and time information for my events and debates will be posted as soon as they are scheduled.
Thank you for considering my stance on these issues.
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