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    The Sheriff’s Department has an outdated and reactive approach to law enforcement.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

  • 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 the regarding CCW permit qualifications and processes.
    • As Sheriff, I will issue CCW permits provided that:
    • The applicant passes all necessary background checks.
    • The applicant passes a safety curriculum approved by the Sheriff’s Department.
    • The applicant demonstrates good cause.
    • As Sheriff, I will honor personal protection as good cause sufficient to issue a CCW.

    Share your opinion. Sign the CCW petition.

  • COUNTY JAILS

    The Issue:

    As reported by the Grand Jury, violence and inmate suicides have been rampant in our jails when compared to other jurisdictions. We’ve had widespread illness and still no plan to address future outbreaks. Our policies and procedures for handling medications are primitive.

    Proposed Action:

    • The Grand Jury report must be taken seriously and it’s advice implemented to address the high number of suicides.
    • The Sheriff must take responsibility to prepare all deputies and other Sheriff’s Department address problems before they occur.
    • We will take concerns of a medical nature seriously and bring policies into line with other protocols appropriate for the 21st century that are already being employed by similar institutions.
    • Our jails must be reformed to prevent recidivism among violent offenders. Treatment and rehabilitation are preferable to incarceration for non-violent offenders.