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Bill Bivens (D) – Sheriff Incumbent

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Mission Statement:

I’m pleased to announce I’m running for re-election in 2010. I feel I’ve met many of the goals set out in my 2006 campaign and I wish to continue serving as Monroe County Sheriff.

Biography:Bill Bivens - Incumbent Sheriff Candidate

Sheriff Bill Bivens is pleased to announce his intention to run for re-election in 2010. Sheriff Bivens feels that he has met many of the goals set out in his 2006 campaign and that continuing to serve Monroe County as Sheriff will benefit the community. Sheriff Bivens pledged to fight the war on Meth and drugs and in his successful three years in office has seized over 150 Meth labs. His office has participated in three major co-operative drug roundups; resulting in the prosecution of over 200 Meth related cases. Sheriff Bivens added to his staff the county’s first drug and criminal interdiction officer; whose salary is paid at no cost to the taxpayers. Sheriff Bivens also utilized seized drug vehicles, thus saving taxpayer money on patrol and detective units.

Sheriff Bivens pledged to be involved in your communities and neighborhoods: he has established a Sheriff’s Department Neighborhood Watch Program through his Detectives office. He is also deeply involved with multiple community and juvenile programs such as the Alcohol and Drug Task Force and Juvenile C.A.M.P. His Detective’s office also initiated a Burglary Task Force; a co-operative, multi-agency group, united to fight burglary and home invasion.

Sheriff Bivens has maintained his dedication to improve technology in the Sheriff’s office by maintaining the website he established during his original campaign. This website offers community information sharing and an anonymous tip-line. He has improved mobile technology in the deputy’s cruisers by installing laptops in virtually every unit and by obtaining grants for continuing technology improvement. Sheriff Bivens is looking forward to integrating crime mapping programs in the very near future. Grants have also been secured to pay for equipment for the SWAT team established in 2007 which has been successfully utilized on several occasions to achieve peaceful resolutions to critical incidents. Grants have also been secured for Officer Safety training and Equipment as well. Grants were also received for the Dive Team, established in 2008, for underwater search and rescue of property and persons. This team consists of six specially trained and certified divers and has been utilized on several search and rescue missions recently.

Sheriff Bivens promised to implement rehabilitation programs in the jail in an effort to reduce recidivism. A 12 step addiction recovery program, a GED program; with an educational services officer, and a consistent; multi-faith, jail ministry program are all on a regular schedule as jail services. Inmate visitation areas have been doubled to facilitate more visitation as jail population has increased. Correctional officer training is ongoing and a training officer is in place.

Sheriff Bivens continues to be dedicated to our Veterans and their families. Several of his officers are on active duty and should they be deployed their jobs are secure and their families have his support and that of his entire agency. Many more of his employees are inactive veterans. Sheriff Bivens has been honored by the VFW both locally and nationally for his dedication to Veterans and their families. Other awards have been presented to the Sheriff’s K-9 program, the SWAT team, the Detective’s Office, and the Jail Staff by various agencies.

Sheriff Bivens is committed to continuing this level of excellence in service to the county and the community. Sheriff Bivens feels that Law Enforcement is a co-operative effort between the community and Law Enforcement and that by continuing to be your Sheriff we can work together and overcome the problems in our County. He looks forward to working with you over the coming years.

Achievements:

Sheriff Bill Bivens is pleased to announce his intention to run for re-election in 2010. Sheriff Bivens feels that he has met many of the goals set out in his 2006 campaign and that continuing to serve Monroe County as Sheriff will benefit the community. Sheriff Bivens pledged to fight the war on Meth and drugs and in his successful three years in office has seized over 150 Meth labs. His office has participated in three major co-operative drug roundups; resulting in the prosecution of over 200 Meth related cases. Sheriff Bivens added to his staff the county’s first drug and criminal interdiction officer; whose salary is paid at no cost to the taxpayers. Sheriff Bivens also utilized seized drug vehicles, thus saving taxpayer money on patrol and detective units.

Sheriff Bivens pledged to be involved in your communities and neighborhoods: he has established a Sheriff’s Department Neighborhood Watch Program through his Detectives office. He is also deeply involved with multiple community and juvenile programs such as the Alcohol and Drug Task Force and Juvenile C.A.M.P. His Detective’s office also initiated a Burglary Task Force; a co-operative, multi-agency group, united to fight burglary and home invasion.

Sheriff Bivens has maintained his dedication to improve technology in the Sheriff’s office by maintaining the website he established during his original campaign. This website offers community information sharing and an anonymous tip-line. He has improved mobile technology in the deputy’s cruisers by installing laptops in virtually every unit and by obtaining grants for continuing technology improvement. Sheriff Bivens is looking forward to integrating crime mapping programs in the very near future. Grants have also been secured to pay for equipment for the SWAT team established in 2007 which has been successfully utilized on several occasions to achieve peaceful resolutions to critical incidents. Grants have also been secured for Officer Safety training and Equipment as well. Grants were also received for the Dive Team, established in 2008, for underwater search and rescue of property and persons. This team consists of six specially trained and certified divers and has been utilized on several search and rescue missions recently.

Sheriff Bivens promised to implement rehabilitation programs in the jail in an effort to reduce recidivism. A 12 step addiction recovery program, a GED program; with an educational services officer, and a consistent; multi-faith, jail ministry program are all on a regular schedule as jail services. Inmate visitation areas have been doubled to facilitate more visitation as jail population has increased. Correctional officer training is ongoing and a training officer is in place.

Sheriff Bivens continues to be dedicated to our Veterans and their families. Several of his officers are on active duty and should they be deployed their jobs are secure and their families have his support and that of his entire agency. Many more of his employees are inactive veterans. Sheriff Bivens has been honored by the VFW both locally and nationally for his dedication to Veterans and their families. Other awards have been presented to the Sheriff’s K-9 program, the SWAT team, the Detective’s Office, and the Jail Staff by various agencies.

Sheriff Bivens is committed to continuing this level of excellence in service to the county and the community. Sheriff Bivens feels that Law Enforcement is a co-operative effort between the community and Law Enforcement and that by continuing to be your Sheriff we can work together and overcome the problems in our County. He looks forward to working with you over the coming years.

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