Danny Rogers for Guilford County Sheriff

Dr. Marrissa Dick | September 13th, 2018
Danny Rogers (Photos by Still Shots Photography)

Danny Rogers (Photos by Still Shots Photography)

The team to Elect Danny Rogers for Guilford County Sheriff 2018 would like to thank everyone who came out to vote in support of his nomination for Guilford County Sheriff. They are prayerful everyone will show that same type of enthusiasm and loyalty in the November general election by casting their vote for Danny Rogers, again!

During this campaign Danny Rogers says his opponent, B.J. Barnes, has chosen to take the low road by crafting stories and of course dredging up his past. “Barnes should be reminded that nobody hasn’t regretted a decision they’ve made or a deed they have committed. If Barnes intends to run his campaign on the past, then he should know that I have acknowledged his past from the beginning and he is pressing toward the mark of a higher calling and that higher calling is to become the ‘New’ Sheriff of Guilford County,” says Danny.

Considering what Barnes posted on the Elect Danny Rogers for Sheriff 2018 Facebook page, Danny’s team would like to take this opportunity to clarify and correct some of the exaggerated statements. According to Danny, “When I read the comments B.J. Barnes wrote on my Facebook page, I was reminded of a saying, ‘A lie don’t care who tells it.’ First, Barnes was talking about an incident that happened under his leadership which involved an inmate escaping from his officer’s custody. It was stated that ‘an escape occurred, and the officers involved were punished’ but this “punishment” only consisted of the seven officers losing one day of pay. Afterwards two officers resigned, one commander retired, and the other commander was promoted to head of the same facility where the inmate escaped from. Additionally, officers’ morale is being eroded because of favoritism while well deserving offices are being overlooked. As a former officer, I can understand feeling slighted when officers who were involved in the biggest breach of security in detention escapes were promoted. In my opinion this shows a blatant disregard of moral integrity. It is due to these types of incidents that PacerMonitor.com informed us that the taxpayers of Guilford County have been paying one of the highest priced law firms in the triad to defend B.J. Barnes in two federal employment lawsuits since December 2015. I’m sure those billable hours hold some validity.”

“Mr. Armstrong died due to negligence because the officers were not properly trained on securing an inmate in a restraint chair. This was not only concerning to me, but to WXII 12 News who covered the story and had grave concern about how Guilford County was paying for this negligence, too. Their reporter asked you specifically, “Why would you settle when people are going to say you did something wrong?” Barnes responded, “I mean it was settled. That’s what it came down to.” Danny says what the citizens of Guilford County should know is that the senseless death of Mr. Armstrong dying in the restraint chair cost them almost $1,000,000 dollars. “The only good thing that has come from this incident is the that the Use of Force Policy in the Detention Centers has now been updated. As the new Sheriff, I will operate with foresight, review all policy and procedures making sure that all of them are current, and institute mandatory training for all officers so these types of incidents will not occur under my leadership.”

Danny also states “I was aware of the Mr. Armstrong incident but now it has been brought to my attention that this type of behavior seems to be prevalent within the Sheriff’s Office. I was recently made aware that an inmate was brutally assaulted by a supervisor in the Greensboro Detention Center by a repeat offending officer. I do not understand how he could still be an employee when he abused an inmate so badly that the inmate had to later be transported to the hospital from the jail. The officer was not disciplined for this incident; instead, the officer was moved to another Guilford County facility to continue his employment. If it had been an officer under my leadership, he would have been relieved of his responsibilities pending an investigation and received counseling for his aggressive behavior. Meanwhile another officer did receive a reprimand for beating yet another inmate, but he was given approximately 10 days off without pay and three years’ probation. As Sheriff, I will not tolerate anyone brutally beating an inmate or citizen. My officers will receive the diversity training they need on a regular basis and they will all be well disciplined. The Guilford County Sheriff’s Office job is to protect and serve the citizens inside and outside of our jails. As the new Sheriff, I will bring “A Positive Change for all Guilford County citizens” by being a Sheriff for all the people in every community.”

According to Danny, It is common knowledge that the second largest financial judgments against law enforcement agencies are due to pursuit collisions. “I am glad to see that the Police High-Speed Pursuit Policy has finally been updated; however, it comes five lives too late. The tragic and fatal traffic accident that took the lives of five citizens due to a high-speed chase by an officer should have never happened. That officer should have used wisdom and deescalated the chase. There is one thing you wrote on my Facebook page that I do agree with and that is ‘everyone should exercise caution while driving.’ I am going to add, especially if they’re an officer whose job is to uphold the law. Again, these unfortunate deaths have the potential to cost the citizens of Guilford County millions of dollars.”

Danny states that he would like to inform the community that the Guilford County Sheriff’s Office can regain its proud reputation of integrity and plan for a better and safer future under my leadership. “As Sheriff, I plan to reinstitute the accreditation assessment which I believe will be a step in the right direction in bringing about positive change for the department,” he states. “Unfortunately, due to departmental budget cuts, the Sheriff’s Office elected to withdraw from the Association in 1996. Though I understand the logistics of a budget some items should not be cut because they help the department to maintain its administrative and operational integrity. I believe that the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc., (CALEA) will help keep the Guilford County Sheriff’s Office transparent. As a private citizen, I surround myself with people who keep me accountable; I wouldn’t have it any other way with the citizens of Guilford County or my officers. The purpose of CALEA’s Accreditation Programs is to improve the delivery of public safety services, primarily by maintaining a body of standards, developed by public safety practitioners, covering a wide range of up-to-date public safety initiatives; establishing and administering an accreditation process; and recognizing professional excellence. The CALEA Accreditation Process is a proven modern management model; once implemented, it will present the Sheriff’s Office, on a continuing basis, with a blueprint that promotes the efficient use of resources and improves service delivery regardless of the size, geographic location, or functional responsibilities of the agency. This accreditation program provides public safety agencies an opportunity to voluntarily demonstrate that they meet an established set of professional standards which require an agency to develop a comprehensive, well thought out, uniform set of written directives. This is one of the most successful methods for reaching administrative and operational goals, while also providing direction to personnel. I firmly believe that reinstating CALEA into the fabric of the Sheriff’s Office will keep the department above board in all areas of its’ operation. Not being a part of this accrediting body leaves room for administrators to exercise the law under their own bias discretion. As your Sheriff, I vow to hold myself accountable to the citizens of Guilford County, CALEA, and my officers. I will also support all Guilford County Sheriff Officers with the tools they need to perform their duty for the citizens they are sworn to protect and serve. As Sheriff, I will ensure that the officers hired to serve and protect our community will always conduct themselves as professionals and be held accountable for their actions. I believe in hiring a staff that is also representative of the communities we serve. It’s time to bring a fresh change to the Guilford County Sheriff’s Office.”

“I look forward to you coming out with your family, friends, and neighbors and casting your vote for Danny Rogers, A Positive Change for all Guilford County Citizens.”

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