ISSUES & POLITICAL CONCERNS
RE-ELECT SHERIFF ELFO: Safe Today...Safer Tomorrow.
Electronic Home Monitoring:
The Stakes are High
Jail space is scarce, expensive and often results in lost employment and family separation that can hinder re-entry into society. The Sheriff’s Office partnered with the District Court to effectively and safely monitor eligible pre-trial Gross Misdemeanor defendants with Electronic Home Monitoring saving 10,868 days that otherwise would have been spent in jail. District Court use of jail space dropped 24%. In many cases, these pre-trial defendants are released by the court without bail, The District Court is very impressed with results and plans on expanding its use.This service costs about 1/10th of a day in jail. Specialized equipment can monitor alcohol and drug use. The Sheriff’s Office also operates a separate and more intensive electronic monitoring program for those convicted and sentenced for crimes.
INCARCERATION RATE DOWN
WHATCOM COUNTY INCARCERATION RATE DOWN BY ROUGHLY 15%
I continue to work with mental health treatment, social service and the criminal justice systems to find pathways for prevention, diversion and recovery. Less reliance on prosecution and the jail, where safe and appropriate, can result in better outcomes for the community, reduce recidivism and lower costs. Much has been accomplished and with your help, much more can be done.
QUALIFICATIONS FOR SHERIFF
NOT JUST AN ADMINISTRATIVE JOB
If someone were elected as Sheriff who has never even completed a basic police academy, she would be required to pass the rigorous entrance requirements and complete the physically and mentally demanding 18 week Washington Basic Law Enforcement Academy within one year of taking office (RCW 36.38.025). Academies are located in Burien and Spokane and recruits live in dormitories for 4 1/2 months.
Effective service as Sheriff requires more than just a basic academy. Leadership and skills that can only be acquired through years of experience, education and training are critical. The Office of Sheriff is not a job for those who have virtually no relevant experience, it is not “just an administrative job,” it is not a job for someone who will be absent from the community for 4 1/2 months, it is not a job for those who have no support from law enforcement leaders or organizations, it is not a job for someone with a broad political agenda that has little to do with the duties and authority of a Sheriff.
Your Sheriff must also have the respect and relationships necessary to effectively collaborate with all law enforcement, community leaders, service providers and the public on mission critical public safety issues.