Vote Danny Rogers For Sheriff on May 6th

by Tonya Dixon | March 13th, 2014
Danny Rogers (photo by Howard Gaither)

Danny Rogers (photo by Howard Gaither)

Danny Rogers was born and raised in High Point North Carolina. He is one of Guilford County’s finest. He knows the lay of the land and is a familiar fixture throughout the community and he is running for the office of Guilford County Sheriff. Danny has the unique distinction of having significant hands on experience. He understands all the different aspects of the local criminal justice system. Additionally, Rogers has worked as a Guilford County Detention officer, and was formerly a patrol officer for both the City of High Point as well as the Office of Guilford County Sheriff.

Rogers says he has seen a bit of it all. When describing the state of Guilford County, Rogers notes no city or town is unique in what it requires and deserves for safety and stability. Moreover, he has discovered that, like people, crime is similar no matter the place. Controversy, racism, classism and corruption exists at all levels and in all circumstances, yet be believes he can achieve change through experience and strong and sincere leadership.

If elected, Rogers promises he will evaluate the state of Guilford County through internal and external probes and begin a campaign toward implementing needed departmental changes. Likewise, community partnerships, programs and initiatives will be evaluated for effectiveness. Rogers believes the county is in need of a great deal of reformation, yet the task is not insurmountable. He says many areas need to be refined. The agency must increase commitment to community engagement and develop stronger relationships. In addition, he recognizes the need for the evaluation of programs and procedures for effectiveness and appropriate action taken. Officer training and innovation should remain a priority. However, he strongly believes change, fairness and equality and youth engagement are high priority issues as well. Rogers states these items must be addressed in order to insure the successful growth of a safe and stable Guilford County.

For Rogers, becoming sheriff would mean more than simply fighting crime. He understands in order to successfully fight crime, all levels of the agency must be unified and determined not to allow infighting or other internal disruptions to affect the common goal. Additionally, Rogers is interested in fighting against the intangible. He refers to departmental areas in dire need of repair and restructure. “A change from the ground up must occur. That is not to say people would be eliminated. That is to say that the way of thinking must change,” he says.

“Sometimes when people get into office they hold onto some of the old ways. So it doesn’t get better; only the old ways become more concrete. Then you have a situation where the rules only work well for a set group of people and not everyone. The promotion process hasn’t changed in years,” says Rogers. “Favoritism exists and the good ‘ol boy system is still at play. Even Jim Crow tactics continue to be used (in disguise). It’s not just an agency problem, but a county –wide problem. People are afraid to address these unpopular issues for fear of retaliation or because it affects their livelihood. I don’t ever want anyone to ever be afraid to respectfully speak their mind. The old regime needs to change.” He adds the agency must take the lead. “When the agency changes for the better, the community will see a noted difference”.

Rogers is not afraid to point out the problems he has witnessed first-hand. He is also willing to put his hand to the plow in order to make a positive and verifiable difference. Rogers adds that fairness must extend beyond the offices of the department. Fairness must be incorporated when arrests are made, crimes are investigated and punishments are imposed. Fairness is a touchy subject but he believes he is mentally tough enough to handle what may come his way. Furthermore, Rogers believes the county has a major issue with repeat offenders and a revolving prison door. It’s a serious problem that affects more than just the incarceration rates and prison overcrowding. While the issue affects more than the youth, the solution lies with them. He says “whether it’s a 13 year old or a 21 year old, the county must develop a passion for children and young adults. We combat it with quality education, concerned parents, dedicated teachers and schools and an involved community.”

Rogers spends a great deal of time with Guilford County youth. He listens to them and talks to them. It is from those real and honest conversations that he knows what will truly work and be beneficial. “It may appear that most criminals prefer the lifestyle they live, but I’ve discovered most kids and young adults want to do and be better. They want to be productive,” he says. “They simply feel they don’t have any other alternative. They don’t see a means for college and don’t have the skills necessary for today’s technological and skills driven jobs. We need to offer them training. When I was young we had a shop

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