I feel blessed, humbled and honored to have been elected Sheriff of Cochise County. I began my term as the Sheriff on January 1, 2013 and it has been a busy and productive month for all.
We have made several promotions and everyone is already working hard at continuing to make the Sheriff's Office the best it can be in service to our community.
We are conducting a process for new hires. It is anticipated that over 100 people will apply for deputy sheriff positions within the department. It is critical that we hire the most qualified personnel.
Master Deputy Hadfield has been assigned as a Community Resources Deputy and her job is to make contact throughout the community. MD Hadfield is and will continue making contact with all schools in the county to assess their security and training needs and to enlighten them on the services we can provide from a public safety standpoint. MD Hadfield is also responsible for coordinating other events throughout the community such as with civic organizations, clubs, and government agencies. If you have questions of MD Hadfield reference community activities, she can be reached at 520-803-3286, and additional information is available on the Sheriff's Office website under the Community Services tab.
The command staff and I have been making visits throughout the county. We have valuable contacts with the majority of our federal partners as well as some of the local law enforcement agencies, rural communities, and civic groups.
Programs planned in the newer future include a Border Interdiction Team as well as a Ranch Patrol. These units will serve to liaison with our federal and community partners regarding border issues, and provide a steady means of communication between the Sheriff's Office and the ranching community. These teams will also enforce laws with an emphasis along the border and address other problem areas. Staffing for these specialized assignments will be done after backfilling our vacant positions through the hiring process.
In the month of January, the Sheriff's Office responded to almost 1500 calls for service or an estimated 50 calls per day everyday throughout Cochise County.
The Sex Offender Unit was also out throughout the month and attempted to make, or made contact with 21 registered sex offenders. Out of those 21 we identified one absconder (someone who was in violation of registration requirements), eight level 3 (high risk), eight level 2 (medium risk), and three level 1 (low risk) offenders.
Our Animal Control Division is staffed with five Animal Control Officers to cover all of the county areas and they have kept busy responding to 244 animal calls.
Our continued goal is to perform our duties in the most efficient manner possible and to maintain the oath we took to protect and serve all of the citizens in Cochise County. I look forward to fulfilling our mission and to being responsive to your needs as your Sheriff.
"To my fellow citizens of Cochise County and the United States of America,
Recently, I have spoken to several of my fellow citizens in Cochise County who have voiced to me their concerns and fears with the President's recent decision to issue a number of executive orders aimed at gun control. Realizing the importance of this matter, I feel it is necessary to publish my official position on our Second Amendment rights, and what role I and my Office will have in this matter.
First, let me say, my heart goes out to the families and survivors of the tragic event in Connecticut, and to all those who may have lost loved ones in past violent acts. However, if history has taught us anything it is this; solely blaming firearms for acts of violence is not the answer. In my opinion, it amounts to nothing more than a play on emotions in an attempt to pacify the immediate outcry, and is a disservice to those we, as elected officials, are sworn to serve and protect.
As Sheriff, I was elected by the citizens of Cochise County to represent them and their interest. I and my Deputies shall not be used as a surrogate of any government entity to violate the civil rights of the citizens of this great Nation. My loyalty lies within the oath of the Sheriff's Office, which reads, in part, as follows: "I solemnly swear that I will support the Constitution of the United States and the laws of the State of Arizona; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same and defend them against all enemies whatsoever, and that I will faithfully and impartially perform the duties of the office of Sheriff, according to the best of my ability so help me God."
If I have learned anything during my twenty-nine years as a lawman, it is this; education, prevention, and enforcement are the three keys to successful crime prevention. We are a Nation of laws designed to protect our citizens, establish peace and order, and above all preserve the Constitutional liberties of all. With that said, no one person or branch of government can single handedly solve the complex issues of crime prevention. There must be a collaborative effort on the part of Law Enforcement and our Judicial, Educational, Medical, and Legislative partners to develop a comprehensive crime prevention strategy, which takes into account all of the contributing factors, not just the most convenient.
In closing, while I respect our Nation's elected Offices, as the duly elected Sheriff for the citizens of Cochise County, I and my Office will ensure the Constitutional Rights of the citizens of Cochise County are not infringed upon and will not permit any official, federal or otherwise, to attempt to do so.
January 18, 2013
We are being inundated with citizen inquiries on where the Sheriff stands on the Second Amendment and the right to own firearms. The Sheriff is in the process of preparing an official statement on this issue which we will post on our webpage and facebook.
Your Sheriff was elected by the citizens of Cochise County and no one else. Your Sheriff's Office will not be used as a surrogate to violate the civil rights of the citizens of our great Nation. The oath of the Sheriff's Office reads in part as follows; "I solemnly swear that I will support the Constitution of the United States and the laws of the State of Arizona; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same and defend them against all enemies whatsoever, and that I will faithfully and impartially perform the duties of the office of Deputy Sheriff, according to the best of my ability so help me God."