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Isabella County sherIff
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What, i any, changes would you implement inthe operation o the sheri’s ofce?
Do you see a shit in the types o crimes inIsabella County? I so, what are your plans to address this?
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209 N. Chippewa St.Shepherd, MI 48883
Graduated Ithaca High School, Studied aerospacepropulsion at Community College of the Air Force,Studied Criminal Justice at Central Carolina Techni-cal College, Delta College, North Eastern BasicPolice Academy, and countless hours of in service
training specic to the position of police ofcer.
US Air Force Veteran, Shep-herd Police, Clare CountySheriff Dept, Sag Chip TribalPolice, Carrollton TownshipPolice, K9, Detective BAY- ANET, Isabella County emer-gency services team, shiftsupervisor, police instructor,
eld training ofcer, Isabellaco trafc team, MSP meth lab
response team, marine & bikepatrol.Immediately work on getting the road pa-trol deputy wasted on prisoner transport
(a corrections ofcer job), back on the
streets protecting and serving. Utilize 12hour shifts, which will provide better patrolservices at no extra cost. Start a reservedeputy volunteer unit, which will be able todo numerous duties; that would otherwiseremove a regular deputy from patrol. Stop
scal waste, like take home cars for Sher
-iff and Admin on the county taxpayer’sdime. Overhaul day to day operations.I wouldn’t say there is a shift in the typeof crimes, but our community does expe-rience crime sprees on occasion (mostlyproperty crime in nature). The best planis prevention, which usually is accom-plished by visible patrols. This can be
accomplished by stopping scal waste
within the Sheriff Department and proper management of resources. I also feel anactive Sheriff can help with day to daytasks at times, to keep road patrols outand about; rather than having them “run-ning errands”.
5115 E. Valley Rd.Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858
Isabella County Sheriff.
Master’s degree in Public Administration, Bachelor of Applied Arts degree in Business Administrationand Broadcasting. Graduate of the FBI National Academy, as well as numerous Executive Leader-ship Institutes for Sheriffs and Police Chiefs.
Full-time, certied law enforce
ment ofcer for the past 27
years. I oversee a budget of $4.5 million, supervise over 50 employees and haveextensive administrative,supervisory, budgeting, grant-writing and human resourcemanagement experience. I amalso a trained K-9 Handler andHostage Negotiator.The Sheriff’s Department is in the process
of taking a regional approach to ghting
crime. We recognize that it is not uncom-mon to have two or more police agenciesinvestigating crimes committed by thesame person. Recently, individuals werearrested for breaking into over 104 homesin a 6 county area, including IsabellaCounty. Without cooperation and informa-tion sharing between detectives from thesix counties, arrests in those cases maynot have occurred.The Sheriff’s Department is seeing an in-crease in breaking & entering, larceny andidentity theft calls. Over the past 3 years,breaking and enterings have increased15%. The Sheriff’s Department has beenaggressive in addressing the issues bypresenting Community Watch (Neighbor-hood Watch) and Identity Theft programsto our citizens. The programs provide citi-zens with suggestions and information onsimple steps that can be taken to help en-sure they do not become victims of crime.
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7287 W Fremont Rd.Blanchard, MI 49310
Candidate for Isabella County Sheriff and student of law
Material Not Available.For a more complete answer to the ques-tion asked, please visit www.Visner4Sher-iff.com Reduction of civil suits againstthe dept from inside and out. Creating anIAD within the dept adding jobs. Improv-ing morale through pay and educationincentives. Restoring the public trust.Negotiating with the union to resolve cur-rent issues. Establishing a “mission state-ment” that includes the concepts behind“To Serve and to Protect”. Replacing man-agers that insist on forcing citizens to suethe depart.In a down economy crimes turn moretowards crimes of opportunity, many of which can be avoided through public edu-cation. Crimes are also becoming moresophisticated. In order to maintain order,educating our LEOs is of top priority. Asthe types of crimes change, so do theefforts needed to stop or prevent themall together. Absent an extinction levelevent, crime will continue to advance atthe same or greater pace than technologyand to keep up, education needs to be toppriority.