Recruitment, Retention and Career Development
To meet the staffing challenges facing Law Enforcement today, I will continue to find innovative solutions to enhance recruitment and retention within the Henrico County Sheriff’s Office. In a collaborative partnership with the Henrico Police Department, the Henrico Fire Department and Human Resources I will continue to utilize interagency cooperation to expand our applicant pool, enhance our social media presence and develop strategies to enhance career development.
Jail overcrowding is a trend that is affecting jails and prisons throughout the Country. Safe, but unique approaches and strategies must be utilized to reverse this trend. I will continue addressing and managing the issue by: partnering with the Commonwealth Attorney’s Office to seek their input and guidance for alternatives for non-violent offenders, work with our Judges to expand the number of offenders who may benefit from Home Electronic Monitoring, Drug Court, weekend time and work release and continue to assist and partner with the Crisis Intervention Team to ensure offenders with mental health needs are receiving the treatment they require. Additionally, to address the exploding female inmate population, I will establish an advisory panel to help develop a comprehensive treatment plan designed to address and meet the unique needs of female offenders.
Faith Based Outreach
I will continue to strengthen the Henrico County Sheriff’s Office partnerships with the Faith-Based Community and Volunteers to address the issues faced by the men and women who are incarcerated. During my 20-year career, I have witnessed first-hand the value of the religious community and their ability to provide life changing mentorship and hope. I know one of the keys to reducing recidivism is helping offenders establish strong and nurturing networks that offer stability and support as they prepare to return to our community. To ensure continued success, I will establish a Faith Advisory Commission to aid in offender reentry and to help strengthen and expand our current programs such as RISE (Recovery in a Secure Environment) and ORBIT (Opiate Recovery by Intensive Tracking).