Keith Webster's blog
I firmly believe that having a sheriff’s office that is up
to speed with standard training and technology is a huge priority. This is because an office that has an
under-trained staff under performs. It also
puts the lives of the deputies and the public at risk. As it presently stands, the deputies at the
Orange County Sheriff’s Office do not have adequate training. There may be individuals who are more trained
than others, but as a group they must have more and better training all-around. I worked for the Orange County Sheriff’s
Office and I now work for Carrboro Police Department, and let me say that the
difference is night and day.
the INDY asked me what were my thoughts on the budget of the Sheriff’s office,
this is how I responded:
the sheriff’s department is not as efficient and up-to-date technologically as
it could be is one place where efficiency is compromised and money is
wasted. After the various reforms I
intend to make within the administration and upgrades to the technology, we
should see less money spent on various (often duplicated) administrative
The INDY also asked about roadblocks/checkpoints and potential racial profiling. Here are my thoughts on the matter:
checkpoints are being manipulated to racially profile drivers, then that is a
gross misuse of a tool which is a public good and such actions have no place in
my administration. Checkpoints are
instituted to keep people from hurting themselves and others, not as an
instrument of racial oppression or intimidation. I would welcome review of the department’s documentation
for checkpoints by organizations such as the ACLU because I am committed to
justice and transparency.
I recently filled out the INDY Candidate Questionnaire and I wanted to go ahead and start sharing my answers. When they asked what I would do to build a just community in the Triangle, this is how I responded:
Sending our children to public schools should not be something that
causes a parent to get nervous. I have a child of my own in Orange
County public schools, so I know how it can feel. The fact that so many
fear for their child’s safety at school is unfortunate.
The good news is that there is something that we can do about it.
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