Platform & Initiatives
Waller County is contiguous to Harris County, which is the 3rd largest county in the country. Waller County is growing at a rapid rate, leaving a lot of government offices struggling to keep up. If we do not take a proactive approach to this issue, Waller county will be in a rut of trying to catch up for years to come.
The sheriff’s office is a government office that must be proactive. Currently, the Waller County Sheriff’s Office is not implementing up to date technology. As the Sheriff, I will work with my staff to create policies and procedures to implement the use of technology throughout the Sheriff’s Office. This will include but not limited to, in-car computers, better audio/video systems for in-car and on body use, updated dispatch systems to link with in-car systems for all first responders and advanced technology for issuing citations by the officers.
Law enforcement is considered a professional career and with any professional career, continued training and education is a must. As the Sheriff, I believe training is imperative to every deputy to safely and efficiently perform their duties. The more training a deputy has the better they will be at making informed decisions in any given situation. Waller County is a large county that should have a training program. I will work with my staff to create policies and procedures for a training schedule to help our deputies with advancement and certification requirements.
Updated policies and procedures for the office are needed to better protect and serve all who live, work and travel in Waller County. As the sheriff, it is my job to maintain the safety of our citizens, officers and inmates. Their safety will increase with better training, updated policy and newer technology.
Over the past few years there have been several incidences in which the community became upset with the current sheriff’s office, not for what the Waller County Sheriff’s Office did wrong, but how this office handled these incidences. As the Sheriff, I will ensure the citizens have accurate and up to date information on important matters involving the sheriff’s office. I believe transparency cannot be achieved with delay and trust cannot be given without information.
As the Waller County Sheriff, I would like to address the professional image our department displays to our community. Currently, we have several different types of uniforms as well as several different types of patrol vehicles. I would like to implement consistency from our uniforms to our vehicles. Setting a professional image helps deter criminals as well as instill confidence in our deputies. Having recognizable uniforms and patrol vehicles in the community will help make our citizens feel safe and comfortable.
As the sheriff, I will work with my staff to create policy on how we are hiring and promoting our officers. Currently, the citizens of Waller County may not have the best men and women in our department protecting our community. The current hiring process of the “good ole boys” cannot stand. I will implement a proven hiring process to include testing for supervisors and a balanced shift rotation. This will ensure the best person is placed in each position throughout the office increasing the feeling of safety and comfort in our community.