Letter - Sheriff Turner is highly qualified

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I support John Turner’s re-election as Walla Walla County sheriff. He is unquestionably the superior choice.

He has done excellent work, and is the only candidate with the education, training and expertise to do this job. John has degrees in criminal justice and law.

These are unique, important assets in leading a Sheriff’s Office. John’s educational background enables him to understand and interpret laws and policies that affect his deputies, the sheriff’s department and our community’s citizens.

Furthermore, he has extensive professional experiences, having worked as a police officer and as a lawyer representing police officers in the U.S. He also served with tactical operations for the U.S. military overseas.

He understands “best practices” in law enforcement. Walla Walla is fortunate to have a man with his breadth and depth of experiences willing to serve us.

John’s professionalism is reflected in programs he has implemented, including 24/7 patrol coverage and the canine program.

Having deputies on call throughout the night is important for two main reasons. First, it deters crime in rural areas. Second, when crimes occur, response time by deputies is reduced.

In the middle of the night, car thefts occur, rural outbuildings (like shops) get broken into and metals, including irrigation pipes and heads, are stolen.

Before 24/7 patrol, criminals knew they could do as they wished at night. Even if citizens called 911, long response times by sheriff’s deputies meant thieves were rarely arrested.

Now, however, deputies drive around rural areas during the night. This means increased work for on-call deputies, and some may resent this change.

But knowing they are out there deters crime. When crime occurs, deputies are on the scene much more quickly. Crime statistics show this makes a difference in our community: Crime is down significantly in Walla Walla County.

John’s understanding of best practices also shows in his development of the canine program. The importance of dogs is well-established in fighting crime.

When dogs are used in a search, the likelihood of finding a fleeing felon, especially in the dark, increases substantially. This makes our community safer. With canines, finding people who have committed crimes requires fewer deputies, less time and less force.

In summary, it’s better for everyone involved.

This primary election matters. It will set the course for the general elections, so be sure to vote Aug. 5. Please join me in re-electing our highly qualified Sheriff John Turner.

Ted Tucker

Walla Walla

Comments

mythoughts 3 weeks, 5 days ago

Research the Sheriff candidates instead of listening to rumors and half truths. Here are some links to go to:

Link to the Sheriff Candidates Forum that was held in Touchet June 24, 2014.

Here are the links to the interviews done by the radio station KUJ. Just scroll down the page until you find each candidate (John Turner, Barry Blackman, Tom Cooper). http://kujam.com/common/page.php?id=52

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