Meet your Jefferson County primary election candidates
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Bio: I am a Deputy Chief of Police with the Arvada Police Department where I have served for 28 years. I’ve received executive training through Northwestern University, Boston University and nationally assess other police agencies. My wife and I have four children and she is a principal in Jeffco Public Schools.
In light of the recent nationwide spike in crime, without talking about the state, federal government or anyone else, what would you do to bring crime numbers down in Jeffco if you were elected Sheriff?
Colorado has experienced a crime tsunami over the last 10 years. Over that time, crime increased by 28%; the murder rate doubled; there were record high fentanyl overdose deaths; and we have the highest motor vehicle theft rate in the nation. As the next Sheriff, I will work to make the County safer in a number of ways. I will insist that public safety be a priority in the Commissioners’ budget; implement data driven approaches to address crime; and keep highly trained SROs in schools. Through data and input from the community, we will spot and address emerging crime quickly.
In the wake of recent, highly-publicized mass shooting events and increased gun violence, what is your position on Colorado’s red flag law? Would you enforce it?
The Jeffco Sheriff’s office has a policy that carefully weighs the rights of people to be free from unreasonable search / seizure, with the rights of people to be free from acts of violence. Our U.S. Constitution provides for the right to bear arms. The Sheriff complies with statutory mandates to serve civil process, without qualifiers. The emergency order would be served, only if approved by a judge after evidence was reviewed in Court. My deputies will be present in Court to provide factual information about the responder's conduct during the contact. I will continue the current policy of the Sheriff’s Office.
Outgoing Sheriff Shrader was a vocal proponent of guns. He is in favor of both open and concealed carry in Jeffco’s parks and recreation areas. What is your position on allowing open and concealed carry of firearms in the county’s public parks?
Law-abiding citizens have a right to protect themselves and their families. These same law-abiding citizens should not have to worry about which side of the street they are on or which park they are in as to whether or not they can protect themselves and carry a firearm. Law-abiding citizens are not the problem and restrictions on their lawful and Constitutional rights do not make our community safer. Additionally, the ban in the parks would have been a civil violation and Sheriff’s deputies should be spending their time enforcing criminal violations impacting the community.
In your opinion, what is the biggest challenge for both the Sheriff’s Office and general law enforcement in the county right now, and in the years ahead?
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How do you plan to address those challenges?
There are several challenges for law enforcement in the state to include record crime rates, budgetary issues, police morale, recruitment and retention issues. I will address crime through data driven approaches and insist that public safety is a priority in the County budget to support law enforcement operations and jail services. I will also advocate for legislation that enhances community safety. I believe in the mission of the men and women in blue and will support them by seeking competitive pay and benefits, training and an environment that advocates for their mission of community safety and protecting victims.
Following the recent tragedy in Uvalde, TX., disturbing reports of procedural errors in the tactical response were made public. What can the Sheriff’s Office do to protect Jeffco students from experiencing a similar incident and outcome?
Many years ago, my department, Arvada PD, began training officers to respond to active shooter events. These trainings include Single Officer Response, Rapid and Immediate Deployment (RAID); and Rescue Task Force. These trainings teach officers to respond as a single officer, or with a team of officers to address a shooter who is actively taking lives. Additionally, we work with Fire personnel to respond during an active shooter incident to save lives. I will continue this training at the Sheriff’s office and ensure that we have highly trained deputies who respond appropriately in these types of incidents.
What do you consider the biggest criminal issue in Jefferson County, and what would you do to deter it?
Everyday, deputies deal with five intertwined factors that create most of the crimes. These include drugs, stolen cars (105 per day in Colorado), property/violent crime, criminals with guns and extensive criminal histories. As Sheriff, I will implement data driven approaches to address emerging crime before it grows and keep highly trained school resource officers in schools. I will also advocate for resources that provide back-end mental health/drug treatment to help those in jail reintegrate back into society and common sense legislation that increases penalties for criminals who steal cars and have guns.
What is your philosophy of policing?
The role of policing is to serve and protect our community. The first duty of a Sheriff is to protect citizens' individual rights. Sir Robert Peel said, “The police are the public, and the public are the police.” Deputies serve the community to protect our safety and individual rights. The Sheriff also has the role through data driven approaches to detect emerging crime and address it before it grows. Ultimately, the goal is to build trust in the community whom we serve by effectively addressing crime and protecting people in a professional, ethical, and constitutional manner.
Anything else you'd like voters to know?
I believe people deserve to live, work, worship and play in a community without fear of being victimized. I’m running for Sheriff to protect our community, schools, churches, businesses and families. I’ve served the Arvada community for the last 28 years where I’ve built strong community relationships and have helped keep Arvada one of the safest cities in the metro area. I have the executive level experience to become the Sheriff and will implement data driven approaches to address crime. I’m humbled by the endorsements of so many leaders in public safety, including Sheriff Shrader. Please visit bradyforsheriff.com.
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