Stephen Sanford needs your support. Stephen is seeking election as Sheriff of Genesee County Michigan. The City of Flint, and the surrounding county desperately needs new law enforcement leadership that he will provide.
Genesee County Michigan, with the County Seat of Flint, has suffered enough. The Flint metropolitan statistical area is consistently ranked as one of the most violent per capita areas in the country, yet the sheriff's office doesn't have a violent crime task force. The sheriff's office has an auto theft task force, but not one to address violent crimes.
At the height of the Flint Water Crisis, as citizens were getting sick and dying, the sheriff's office did not open investigations. A deputy was arrested and charged with kidnapping and raping a woman while on duty. The jails are consistently over capacity, with inmates sometimes waiting years for a trial.
As Sheriff, Stephen Sanford would:
Focus investigators on violent crimes, not property crimes.
Bring trained therapy dogs into the Sheriff's office to help victims of violent crimes, families, witnesses, Deputies, and inmates. Without the support and trust of the community, law enforcement can't solve crimes. Therapy dogs will help to rebuild that trust.
Provide CPR training to inmates. CPR saves lives, CPR and highly trained army medical personal saved Stephen Sanford's life when he was shot multiple times while evacuating casualties from an insurgent safe house in Iraq, an action for which he was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, the nation's second highest award for valor. Stephen Sanford cannot stand by and let people be hurt and killed while he has the power to do something; he has proven that.
CPR training is required for many jobs today, and inmates who learn CPR are more likely to find employment when they are released. With employment these former inmates are less likely to re-offend. Instead by showing a willingness to help others, they are renewing the social contract.
Stephen Sanford's plans include other ideas, but his whole focus is on restructuring the sheriff's office to better utilize the resources currently available to address the problems that have been ignored by the current and past sheriff's.
In order to do those things, Stephen Sanford must become the sheriff. Elections cost money. Crime costs us all, one way or another. Support making Genesee County a better place for everyone by donating to Stephen Sanford for Genesee County Sheriff.
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