Can­di­dates An­swer

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In the April edi­tion of the Ca­tron Courier, we asked can­di­dates to re­spond to some ques­tions about cov­er­age for the county for sher­iff, and Fire & EMS re­ten­tion for the com­mis­sioner can­di­dates, and then to iden­tify other is­sues they saw as be­ing press­ing. We are in­clud­ing can­di­dates emails so you can also ask the can­di­dates ques­tions. Re­mem­ber to vote on June 5! CAN­DI­DATES FOR SHER­IFF Ian Fletcher—

(1) If elected again, my plans to im­prove of­fi­cer re­sponse time in­clude ad­just­ing shifts for bet­ter cov­er­age. We have started do­ing that. I work very well with New Mex­ico State Po­lice and they are ad­just­ing their pa­trol sched­ules to help us with cov­er­age and re­sponse time. The other part to this is mak­ing sure that all of­fi­cers in the de­part­ment are cer­ti­fied, which we cur­rently are. That way ev­ery of­fi­cer can re­spond, in­clud­ing the Sher­iff.

(2) I feel three ar­eas need im­prove­ment in law en­force­ment in Ca­tron County. One is train­ing. We have man­dated train­ing, which we do, but we need more on crime scene pro­cess­ing, in­ter­views and re­lated ar­eas. As a Gen­eral Po­lice In­struc­tor and High Risk In­struc­tor, our train­ing, I feel, is the best it has been in my time with the Sher­iff's Of­fice. Like ev­ery­thing, there is room for im­prove­ment. My plan is to bring in and pro­vide more ad­vanced train­ing.

The sec­ond area in­cludes get­ting Neigh­bor­hood Watch go­ing again, not just for the com­mu­ni­ties to watch for them­selves but for the Sher­iff's Of­fice to in­ter­act and be pro-ac­tive, in­stead of re­ac­tive. I feel we have made progress but we will do bet­ter. My spe­cific plans are to at­tend more com­mu­nity meet­ings and present Neigh­bor­hood Watch and sim­i­lar pro­grams to the com­mu­ni­ties.

The third area, and not for just law en­force­ment op­er­a­tions, is ra­dio com­mu­ni­ca­tions. The ra­dio com­mu­ni­ca­tions in the county have been sub­stan­dard at very best. I have and will con­tinue to im­prove ra­dio com­mu­ni­ca­tions, not just for the Sher­iff's Of­fice, but all first re­spon­ders. My spe­cific plans for this, I am al­ready do­ing. I have new ra­dios for the Sher­iff's Of­fice that are far su­pe­rior to ones we have had in the past. Th­ese ra­dios will as­sist dis­patch in know­ing lo­ca­tions of the of­fi­cers by GPS, and with an abun­dance of func­tions for com­mu­ni­cat­ing with not only our dis­patch but sur­round­ing coun­ties as well. There are some in­fra­struc­ture is­sues with the ra­dios that as Sher­iff I will help ad­dress. Shawn C. Menges— force­ment for 24 1/2 years and have been hon­ored to serve two terms as Sher­iff 20072014. In 2007, I worked with the County Com­mis­sion and cre­ated an ex­pan­sion Deputy po­si­tion, thereby sta­tion­ing a Deputy in the Datil area.

Should re­sponse time need to be im­proved, I would first con­sider the shift sched­ule. Pre­vi­ously, I im­ple­mented a Pa­trol Sergeant po­si­tion which pro­vided ad­di­tional su­per­vi­sion on week­ends. In ad­di­tion to this, I im­proved the Law En­force­ment re­tire­ment plan from the low­est avail­able to the sec­ond best of­fered.

Other ac­com­plish­ments in­clude evolv­ing from 911 to En­hanced 911 to in­clude the emer­gency no­ti­fi­ca­tion sys­tem.

Through­out both terms, I ob­tained fund­ing for a ren­o­va­tion/ex­pan­sion to the Sher­iff’s Of­fice and dis­patch area and a new fleet of Pa­trol ve­hi­cles. I’ve ob­tained Snow Cats, trail­ers, stor­age, ve­hi­cles and over­all, over $1.5 mil­lion worth of Sur­plus equip­ment.

I at­tempted to in­cor­po­rate the first an­i­mal con­trol of­fi­cer in the county, and im­ple­mented an emer­gency man­ager and ac­cepted the County Wildlife In­ves­ti­ga­tor within the Sher­iff’s De­part­ment.

Train­ing, tools and equip­ment have been a past pri­or­ity and will con­tinue to be with my im­me­di­ate fo­cus on Pa­trol, Com­mu­nity In­volve­ment, De­part­men­tal struc­ture, ra­dio com­mu­ni­ca­tions and Crim­i­nal Investigations. Your sup­port on June 5th would be greatly ap­pre­ci­ated!

Adrian San­doval—

I will have the near­est of­fi­cer to the scene re­spond rather than have one re­spon­der from 100 miles away, if noth­ing else I would re­spond my­self. Ref. Ques­tion 2, more investigations and more vis­i­bil­ity through­out the county, bet­ter con­tact with cit­i­zens, also more traf­fic con­trol through­out the county are needed. CAN­DI­DATES FOR COM­MIS­SIONER—DIS­TRICT 1 Anita Hand—

Ca­tron County vol­un­teers are vi­tal to the County and to the res­i­dents. With­out vol­un­teers, the health, safety and pub­lic wel­fare of our cit­i­zens are com­pro­mised. As a vol­un­teer my­self I un­der­stand the de­sire to feel ap­pre­ci­ated by the pub­lic as well as the elected of­fi­cials. I be­lieve that there are op­tions the county can con­sider such as look­ing into a de­creased or waived trash fee for ac­tive vol­un­teers, and that will have to go be­fore the County Com­mis­sion for im­ple­men­ta­tion. En­gag­ing with the

My name is Shawn Menges, Re­pub­li­can can­di­date for Ca­tron County Sher­iff. I’ve served in Law En-

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