OKLAHOMA — JF: I feel that the biggest issue in our county is the steady increase of burglaries and drug activity. It is not limited to homes and cars, but it also includes residents' farm equipment. There is nothing worse than stealing a man's way to make a living. This is an issue that affects our entire county, not just on a personal level, but on a financial level as well.
How will you work with other departments in Grady County?
JF: I will mandate that the sheriff's department and its officers work diligently and respectfully with other agencies; providing assistance to those agencies as needed and insure that other police, EMS and fire departments are aware of deputies serving warrants or engaged in other activity that may affect those departments and citizens of it's community.
JW: As previously stated we will be working with the other departments in Grady County to improve radio and in person communication. I will insist on a free flow of information from the sheriff’s office to all municipalities. When a deputy’s duty takes him into a municipality he will be required to contact the law enforcement officer on duty and brief him. I have already talked with most of the chiefs in the county about updating our interlocal agreements and cross commissioning qualified officers for life threatening situations. This may help insure a situation that occurred a few months ago just outside Blanchard, where a women was forced to shoot and kill an intruder, will not happen again.
Do you plan any sort of overall staff increase or decrease if elected?
JW: I plan on increasing the staff to include several well trained and experienced reserves. I currently have several of these reserves standing by waiting to come back and start serving the citizens of Grady County the day we take office. Hopefully we will be conducting a reserve academy in the near future. I currently have staff researching grants and other options to increase manpower, training and equipment.
JF: I would like to add more reserve officers to the sheriff's department. Not only would this help increase staff, but will do so without increasing the budget. I may have to add more paid officers, but I will have to evaluate the department and our budget first before I make any decisions.