Arnold: Administrators should fill in on patrol when needed

 

Editor’s note: This press release was submitted to WNLP by James D. Arnold, Democratic candidate for sheriff. Candidates may email their press releases to wnlp@whatsnewlaporte.com.

One issue our department faces is a shortage of patrol staff. Generally, as soon as a position opens up elsewhere in the department, the patrol division immediately takes a hit by losing a deputy to fill that vacancy. As your sheriff, I will make it a priority to ensure that the positions are filled when necessary and when I feel the timing is right to prevent the patrol staff from falling short.

Arnold

If I am elected sheriff, the administration will be conducting regular patrols alongside the day shift, afternoon shift and midnight shift. The administration includes the sheriff, chief, major, and the administrative captain. Throughout the year we will also be available to fill in on whichever shift is in immediate need of personnel and it will be for the entirety of the shift. This will occur on weekends and holidays, not just Monday through Friday.
This action will allow more members of the department to be on patrol for responding to calls, taking reports, and to act as backup for deputies already on the scene of an incident. It will not be used as a function to micromanage the current shifts, but instead to add personnel to the shifts throughout the year whenever needed and it will help maximize our availability to the public. This will go for the jail staff as well. Anytime the jail is in need of extra staffing due to call-offs, vacations, emergencies, etc., my administration would be available to assist with shift shortages.
It is common for our patrol staff to take people into custody for the purpose of investigating an incident of operating under the influence (OWI). The BAC DataMaster is the instrument used to measure the breath alcohol content of a person who has consumed alcoholic beverages. Ours is located in the county jail. Many times there is not a certified BAC DataMaster operator on duty in the patrol division; that requires contacting another area agency to see if they have one on duty to assist by running the test. If nobody is available, that could mean a trip to the local hospital for a certified blood draw. This action alone could take half an hour or more unless it is a situation where it requires a search warrant, which could result in a deputy being taken out of service for a couple of hours. As your sheriff, I would seek to get the jail staff supervisors certified in operating the BAC DataMaster. This will ensure that there is always a certified operator on duty because there is always a jail supervisor on duty. This will benefit other agencies that utilize the BAC DataMaster as well. This will also prove to be financially responsible because it would cost less to certify a few operators versus the entire patrol staff.
Under my administration, it would become clear that we are on the same team and share similar goals. I believe teamwork will pull this department together and close any gaps that may divide us.
Thank you for taking the time to read this! Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns: jdarnoldforsheriff@gmail.com or James D. Arnold for Sheriff on Facebook.

8 Responses to “Arnold: Administrators should fill in on patrol when needed”

  1. Former Deputy

    Sep 10. 2021

    This makes no sense. If the current administration taught us anything, it’s that their only job is to sit in the office and seek out photo ops.

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  2. Former LCSO

    Sep 10. 2021

    This policy would certainly keep administrative staff current with trends. Moreover, leading by example and showing that one can do the job is vital to morale. Besides, I should think most of them need some long overdue practice writing reports. A healthy dose of doing what the deputies do would go a long way for deskbound warriors to see what the job is like now.

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  3. Diane

    Sep 10. 2021

    This is what is done at the Nursing Home Facility I work at. We have been short handed in all Dept. Our Dept heads who have nursing degrees often fill in for all shifts on the floor. Others have helped out in Dietary, Housekeeping and wherever needed.
    I think Jim Arnold has an excellent idea.

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  4. R.J.

    Sep 11. 2021

    My 11 year old son said he wants to go to the skate park in the morning. Said no we have plans but can do it in the afternoon. He said he doesn’t want to because older crowd gets there after 2 and smokes pot n drunk /high whatever. Why isn’t this area monitored by a police officer or at least an administrator??? Until closing time. Fix this ASAP

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    • James D. Arnold

      Sep 12. 2021

      R.J.- Where is this skate park located? Within the city limits of a municipality? If this is the case, I would refer you to the police agency responsible for such. If it is located outside the city limits in the county jurisdiction, please email me the exact location. Thank you for your response!

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      • R.J.

        Sep 12. 2021

        Fox Park by the ballpark. Thank you!

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        • James D. Arnold

          Sep 12. 2021

          That location falls under La Porte City police jurisdiction. I encourage you to reach out to them or the mayor’s office to voice your concerns. Thanks again for taking the time to read this!

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        • Mimi

          Sep 12. 2021

          I think your ideas have been well thought out. It would save tax payers money in the long run. You have my vote!

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