Issues

Dave Myers’ Stance on the Issues

Click below to learn about the issues and actions that matter to our campaign for Sheriff.

  • FIGHTING CRIME

    The Issue:

    The Sheriff’s Department has an outdated and reactive approach to law enforcement.

    Proposed Action:

    • The Sheriff takes responsibility for providing deputies with leading technologies, training, and safety practices.
    • We must make a new commitment to proactive, respectful, and equitable policing in ALL neighborhoods.
    • We will invest in outreach to our youth who are vulnerable due to socioeconomic and environmental factors.
    • Our jails must be reformed to prevent recidivism among violent offenders. Treatment and rehabilitation are preferable to incarceration for non-violent offenders.

    Tell us what you think. Click here to take our law enforcement survey.

  • POLICE ACCOUNTABILITY

    The Issue:

    The Sheriff has allowed a lack of accountability to become a problem. The public sees a lack of transparency among law enforcement.

    Proposed Action:

    • Implement body worn cameras for ALL deputies, including rules for when cameras should be in use or disabled
    • Comply with requirements related to openness and accessibility of statistics, arrest records, and other crime data, even when it makes the department look bad.
    • Hold our deputies to the highest standards of ethics and provide the training and support necessary to achieve this.

    Share your opinion. Click here to sign our body-worn cameras petition.

  • HOMELESSNESS

    The Issue:

    Local officials have effectively criminalized homelessness.  The lack of action by city and county leaders has contributed greatly to the Hepatitis A outbreak.  Currently, when homeless people become a nuisance in an area, the answer offered city and county leaders is to put them in jail or push them to a different part of town.   Homeless people are held without due process in the same jails where the Sheriff has refused to implement CDC standards for women’s health, disease prevention, and sanitary conditions.

    Proposed Action:

    • Decriminalize homelessness.  Unsheltered people who have nowhere to go are often issued citations just for being in a public place.  The inability to pay fines adds to the financial despair that likely led to homelessness in the first place.
    • Stop violating due process.  Many who are cited are held for days in jail without ever appearing before a judge and are released without charges.  It’s a violation of constitutional rights and has resulted in lawsuits against the county.
      Advocate for “wraparound” services. We should work to stabilize non-violent offenders and members of the general homeless population who have frequent interactions with law enforcement.
    • Advocate for a move toward “coordinated entry.” All unsheltered people should enter through one front door where agencies can work together and handle each case as efficiently as possible.
    • Form a working group within the Sheriff’s Department to address recidivism among homeless people.  A member of this group should serve on the County’s Regional Taskforce on the Homeless
    • Drug addiction and mental illness are key contributors to homelessness.  To break the cycle of recidivism, we must substitute treatment for incarceration of non-violent offenders.
    • Advocate for more shelters. Currently, the jails are being used to house the homeless. The Sheriff’s Department is not in a position to fix this on our own, but the Sheriff must take action where the Department has the ability to make positive changes.  We must work in full cooperation with other government agencies and organizations that are fighting the cycle of homelessness with real solutions.
  • Community Relations

    The Issue:

    The Sheriff’s Department continuously fails to build trust in communities where it is needed most. The demographics of our force do not match those of our neighborhoods. Too many people of all backgrounds have lost trust in law enforcement.

    Proposed Action:

    • Internal education and training should emphasize strong communication by deputies. We must provide opportunities for engagement between deputies and community members outside of everyday law enforcement situations.
    • Greater investment in the recruitment of diversity on the force is critical. Our challenges are magnified when agencies are not representative of the communities they serve.
    • We must do far more to engage youth in vulnerable communities.

    One of my proudest career accomplishments is the establishment of the Department’s Youth Advisory Group, created to directly hear concerns and aspirations from young people. This was the first of its kind in the Department’s history.

  • "The War on Drugs"

    The Issue:

    We have seen many versions of “the war on drugs.”  None have been particularly effective.  We are currently facing an unprecedented number of overdoses from synthetic opioids.  The scourge of methamphetamine continues to grow.

    Proposed Action:

    • Redirect resources toward fighting the spread of dangerous and addictive drugs at the producer and distributor level.
    • Favor long term treatment and therapy over incarceration for users who enter the criminal justice system.
    • Redirect resources away from targeting cannabis/marijuana or contriving new local prohibitions.

    Tell us what you think. Click here to fill out my survey on “The War on Drugs.”

  • CCW FIREARMS

    The Issue:

    Sheriff Gore has avoided his statutory responsibility to set consistent and clearly understood regulations regarding concealed carry weapon (CCW) permits. The standard to obtain a CCW for personal protection is arbitrary and unclear.

    Proposed Action:

    • As Sheriff, I will enforce the law. I will not push for greater restrictions, nor exceptions in laws related to firearms.

    • As Sheriff, I will set consistent and clearly understood regulations regarding CCW permit qualifications and processes.

    • As Sheriff, I will issue CCW permits provided that:

    1.   The applicant passes all necessary background checks
    2.   The applicant passes a safety curriculum approved by the Sheriff’s Department.
    3.   The applicant demonstrates good cause.
    4.   As Sheriff, I will honor personal protection as good cause sufficient to issue a CCW.

    Click here to download our full policy. Share your opinion! Sign the CCW petition.

     

  • COUNTY JAILS

    The Issue:

    As reported by the Grand Jury, the Sheriff’s Department has refused to implement basic CDC standards for women’s health, disease prevention, and sanitary practices. The county jails have acted as an incubator for the Hepatitis A outbreak and there are still not adequate plans to address future outbreaks.

    Another Grand Jury report documents rampant violence and a suicide rate among San Diego County inmates that is by far the highest of any large county jail system in California.

    The Sheriff’s Department does not offer adequate counseling services. Our policies and procedures for handling medications are primitive.

    Proposed Action:

    • The Sheriff’s Department must immediately comply with CDC standards for women’s health, disease prevention, and sanitary conditions. Not just to protect inmates, but also the healthcare workers, deputies, and other staff.

    • We will take concerns of a medical nature seriously and bring policies for the handling of medications into the 21st century.

    • The number of hours during which counseling is available must be greatly increased.

    • Additional services recommended by the Grand Jury must be implemented. The number of hours during which counseling is available must be expanded.

    • Our jails must be reformed to prevent recidivism among violent offenders. Treatment and rehabilitation are preferable to incarceration for non-violent offenders.

    • The Sheriff must take responsibility to prepare all deputies and other Sheriff’s Department address problems before they occur, rather than reacting once they’ve spiraled out of control.