I'm excited to have announced my re-election bid for Sheriff on February 6th. Over the past 18 years, I have been honored to serve the citizens of Arlington County. I continue to love and respect the work and staff of the Office. Together, with the hard work and dedication of the men and women of the Sheriff's Office, we continue to maintain a model detention facility and Courthouse because of our emphasis on safety, security and integrity.
As I begin my re-election campaign, I want to highlight a few of our accomplishments over the past four years:
In 2018, we began the Community Readiness Unit (CRU) that focuses on individual reentry planning, work readiness, substance abuse programming as well as life skills for up to 12 months prior to release.
Worked with the County Manager and Human Resources as well as our public safety partners to ensure all public safety employees are being paid a competitive salary that meets the market demands.
Created an Americans for Disabilities (ADA) coordinator position. We are now a national leader in managing incarcerated individuals with disabilities to ensure equitable housing, programming and reasonable accommodations for all individuals in our custody.
Combined emergency response from the Sheriff's Office and Police Department so we can work together at community events to ensure Arlington's safety.
Sustained our accreditation by the American Correctional Association (ACA) to ensure we operate the jail using the highest standards.
In 2017, we initiated an annual detention facility K-9 drug sweep with our regional K-9 partners.
Expanded partnership with the Department of Human Service (DHS) providing treatment for inmates. Programs include: the Addictions Corrections and Treatment Unit (ACT) (a therapeutic, community based substance abuse program), extensive mental health service in the detention facility and we recently launched a new jail and community based program using the medication Vivitrol to address opined addiction issues (this is a voluntary program offered free to those that qualify).
To continue our community commitment, the Sheriff's Office has collected over 13,600 pounds of food for Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC), organized charity events with Virginia Hospital Center (VHC) for breast and prostate cancer, Virginia Special Olympics, Arlington 911 Race, Girls Outreach Program, public safety blood drive and annual Offender Aide and Restoration (OAR) toy drive.
Provided a wide variety of programs that ensure offenders for a successful re-entry back into their community as productive citizens. Examples of programs include: General Equivalency Diploma (GED), IN2Work (food service training), substance abuse as well as life skills.
In partnership with the superb men and women who serve the Sheriff's Office, I take great pride in the work that we have accomplished over the past eighteen years. As I look forward, the Sheriff's Office has opportunities and challenges ahead. Thus, there is more work to be done, and I look forward to working with you as your Sheriff over the next four years.
As I launch my campaign for re-election, I look forward to the opportunity to talking with you about the Sheriff's Office as we move forward.