The Fugitive Watch Most Wanted Program helps law enforcement locate dangerous fugitives by featuring them on our television program, newspaper and the internet free of charge to law enforcement saving tax payers millions of dollars. Under the previous sheriff, Charles Gillingham, Fugitive Watch had the full participation and cooperation of all federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, including the sheriff’s department.
Thousands of arrest warrants are held by the sheriff’s department and the sheriff has a responsibility to arrest people wanted by these warrants. Under the administration of Laurie Smith, the sheriff’s department’s participation became virtually non-existent. When we asked for an appointment to meet with her to discuss how we could re-energize the sheriff’s department’s participation and take advantage of our free service, she refused to meet with us without explanation.
Being sheriff is a leadership position and being a leader is the most conducive to running a successful organization. Having the title does not make you a leader. She has been described as a person that manages her employees through fear and intimidation and rarely if ever wears her uniform.
Her endorsements listed on her website come primarily from politicians. Almost 100% of the thousands of law enforcement officers throughout Santa Clara County, including her own rank and file, refuse to endorse her and describe her as a failed leader and worse.
On the other hand, we met with Kevin Jensen and spoke with him at length about his visions and ideas to improve the sheriff’s department. We also spoke with many law enforcement officers throughout the county who describe him as a true leader with the talents needed to revitalize the sheriff’s department and return it to its full potential .
Almost 100% of the thousands of law enforcement officers throughout Santa Clara County, including the sheriff’s department’s own rank and file, endorse him and describe him as a leader and exactly the person we need as sheriff.
We believe one the most important needs our men and women, who risk their lives for us, must have is leadership. Kevin is a man of integrity with a strong work ethic and a proven leader. This is why it is an honor for us to endorse Kevin Jensen for Sheriff of Santa Clara County.
This Op-Ed is the opinion of
Steve Ferdin, CEO and Scott Castruita, President
Fugitive Watch Productions, Inc
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