Local law enforcement can receive money from criminal seizures and forfeitures. These funds can only be used for certain law enforcement purposes. The Shenandoah County Board of Supervisors wants to take this money and give it to the regional jail project.
Why would we give away our money to benefit other counties and not use it here in Shenandoah County? Will the other counties match this money from their law enforcement agencies? The BOS said, "it will reduce our cost of the jail." Are they now admitting they spent too much?
This board has a history of not supporting the Shenandoah County Sheriff's Office. Sheriff Timothy C. Carter continually asks for things which the BOS denies, saying, "There's no funding."
The sheriff's office employee salaries have no steps or grades. Little or no supplement comes from the county. Many sheriff's offices vehicles should have been dead-lined and taken off the street years ago.
There is inadequate or lacking equipment and training. There is subpar staffing to respond and investigate crimes in Shenandoah County.
The sheriff's office is located in a small, musty basement of the old courthouse house. To help alleviate some of these deficiencies, the sheriff has asked the board to allow the use of the asset forfeitures account. What does the sheriff receive for his efforts to keep Shenandoah County deputies and citizens safe? Disrespect and ridicule from our elected board of supervisors.
In over 35 years of law enforcement, I have worked for five sheriffs and two attorney generals. Sheriff Carter is the most fiscally responsible politician I have known.
My advice to Sheriff Carter is to not give the board of supervisors a dime. Eventually they will all be replaced and hopefully we will get supervisors who support local law enforcement.