Bridging the Gap
Bridging the Gap
Bridging The Gap
Washoe County and my family are both comprised of multi racial, multi ethnic and multi national people. This cultural diversity significantly enriches our lives. We are however, not immune to having the same problems that other communities face.
In Washoe County we have recently seen progress towards bridging this gap through summits on race and programs such as “Cup with a Cop”. I applaud these efforts and will be an active participant in creating more programs like this as Washoe County Sheriff.
I will personally communicate frequently with all communities within Washoe County and will be accessible to every population. As Sheriff I will direct that cultural diverse recruiting be actively pursued as I believe that the Sheriff’s Office must represent the community at large.
“Bridging the Gap” will be one of the first C-A-P (Community Action Partnerships) that will be formed. This team will look at the ethnic composition of the incarcerated population within the Washoe County Jail, assess issues and determine appropriate actions to better serve these communities and reduce recidivism rates.
A disproportionately high percentage of inmates in our jail, suffer from mental illness at some level. Families of these individuals are often left in the dark about treatment of their family members. Communication along with education can alleviate their anxiety. I will work to ensure that families of our mentally ill inmates are kept as informed as possible, of jail policy and procedures relating to mental health.
Communication is key to building relationships and bridging gaps. While we are heading down the right road in Washoe County, I will “Forge a New Path” by being accessible and building stronger relationships by including the community in the decision making process.
Anyone in the community who has a desire to assist in bettering the relationship between Law Enforcement and the community should contact us.