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James Brantley announces for Sheriff 2012

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Posted: Tuesday, July 19, 2011 10:53 am

2012 is just around the corner and an election year that I believe will define our country, states and counties. I am taking this opportunity to announce I am a candidate for sheriff of Bandera County.

I pledge that deputies who work for me will work for you, first and foremost. Your rights will be respected and the law enforced equally and only as appropriate. I believe the jail is only for those who present a threat to another or persons who have demonstrated that they cannot or will not observe our laws. I have no desire to call out any person or organization, only to offer a common sense approach to law enforcement. The law enforcement center will finally be for all agencies to use, train and work together. I believe inmates should be used in any capacity to assist the county that is feasible, not just eat and sleep.

I want a drug enforcement team that will investigate and prepare solid cases to prosecute the larger fish and get them off our streets, no deals. Drugs are the root of many of our other offenses such as burglary, fraud, theft and home invasion.

Deputies will be informed that they will operate under the Code of Criminal Procedure (CCP) and Penal Code and the Operating Procedure my department will adopt. Should they abuse that authority, I will not protect them. I will bring them up on appropriate charges and/or end their employment. No law-abiding citizen should fear their local law enforcement.

I believe every man, woman and child has the right to protect themselves and will discourage arrests that are convenient only to the responding officer and does not address the original problem. Common sense will go a long way in returning the Sheriff’s Department to the people it serves.

A deputy needs to understand that in too many cases he is responding to situations like a marriage that is ending or a crisis that is present due to hardship and human suffering and outright fear. It’s not all about him. Sure he needs to control the scene, but more importantly, his presence should not make matters worse. We need deputies who are capable of enforcement that is timely, fair and appropriate to the situation. We will find these answers in maturity, training, and again, common sense.

I pledge to be accessible, involved and dedicated to giving you a Sheriff’s Department you can trust and be proud of.

I would appreciate your help and support in this upcoming election. Help me help you. We can fix this.

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