EDITORIAL: Fugitive Watch Endorses Kevin Jensen for Santa Clara County Sheriff
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 taxpayers 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. However, it became our experience that under the administration of Laurie Smith, the sheriff’s department’s participation was virtually non-existent.
Being sheriff is a leadership position and being a leader is critical to running a successful organization. However, having the title does not make you a leader. We do not believe Laurie Smith is a leader.
According to recent media reports, she has chosen to invoke her right against self-incrimination under the Fifth Amendment of the United States Constitution rather than answer questions during a grand jury investigation into alleged corruption in her administration. No rank and file law enforcement officer would be allowed to refuse to answer questions about their alleged corruption and still keep their job.
We understand that nearly 100% of the thousands of law enforcement officers throughout Santa Clara County, including her rank and file deputies, refuse to endorse her.
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.
Thousands of law enforcement officers throughout Santa Clara County, including the sheriff’s department’s rank and file, endorse him and describe him as a leader and precisely the person we need as sheriff.
We believe one of the most critical 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.
It is an honor for us to endorse Kevin Jensen for Sheriff of Santa Clara County for these reasons.
This Op-Ed is the sole opinion of
Steve Ferdin, CEO and Scott Castruita, President
Fugitive Watch Productions, Inc
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Fugitive Watch was founded in 1992 by two San Jose police officers, Steve Ferdin and Scott Castruita. Fugitive Watch is a reality-based television show, newspaper and website, fugitive.com. We can also be found on social media such as Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. The mission of Fugitive Watch is to make Your community safer by helping law enforcement fight crime. Fugitive Watch brings the community, local businesses, and law enforcement together to solve crimes, apprehend wanted fugitives and provide education and crime prevention information to the community.
Business and private sponsorship help Fugitive Watch empower the community to strike back at crime from the safety of their living rooms. Fugitive Watch has been credited by law enforcement with over several 2,890 crimes solved or fugitives apprehended. Fugitive Watch also helps improve the safety of police officers by locating fugitives for law enforcement so they can more safely arrest them rather than unexpectedly running across them through extremely dangerous routine “chance encounters”. As law enforcement officers know all too well, These “chance encounters” have resulted in countless officer injuries and deaths.