He’s built a highly ef­fec­tive law en­force­ment agency

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Dur­ing my 21 years of ser­vice with the St. Mary’s County Sher­iff’s Of­fice, I had the op­por­tu­nity to work with in­cum­bent Sher­iff Tim Cameron (R) and his Demo­cratic chal­lenger, Ted Bel­leav­oine. I was Tim’s pa­trol su­per­vi­sor in 1980, right af­ter he grad­u­ated from the po­lice academy. I was Ted’s shift com­man­der af­ter he be­came a deputy sher­iff in 1989. Un­til my re­tire­ment from the agency, as the as­sis­tant sher­iff, I ob­served and in­ter­acted pro­fes­sion­ally with both of these men as they per­formed their du­ties as deputies. Now they are both vy­ing for the po­si­tion of sher­iff.

To be an ex­cel­lent po­lice ad­min­is­tra­tor re­quires an eclec­tic set of knowl­edge, skills, and abil­i­ties. Tim Cameron is an ex­cel­lent sher­iff. Tim’s for­mal ed­u­ca­tion at Johns Hop­kins Univer­sity, com­bined with the nu­mer­ous spe­cial­ized law en­force­ment cour­ses and sem­i­nars he has com­pleted dur­ing his 38 years of ser­vice to St. Mary’s County, is im­pres­sive. He has used his knowl­edge to cre­ate and pro­mote a cul­ture in the sher­iff’s of­fice of com­mu­nity polic­ing, cit­i­zen en­gage­ment and re­spect for all peo­ple.

Tim has demon­strated pro­fes­sion­al­ism, ded­i­ca­tion and ex­ec­u­tive lead­er­ship dur­ing his 12 years of ser­vice as our sher­iff. He has shown tremen­dous per­se­ver­ance and lead­er­ship in at­tack­ing the opi­oid cri­sis that grips our com­mu­nity, fos­ter­ing co­op­er­a­tion be­tween other law en­force­ment agen­cies in a co­or­di­nated ef­fort to end this opi­oid emer­gency. Un­der Tim’s lead­er­ship, the county de­ten­tion cen­ter has also be­come a re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion cen­ter, of­fer­ing in­mates ac­cess to coun­sel­ing for sub­stance abuse, men­tal health is­sues and life-skills train­ing to re­duce re­cidi­vism rates, which saves tax­payer dol­lars. He has built a highly ef­fec­tive law en­force­ment agency that is also proac­tive in pre­vent­ing crime.

The abil­ity of the po­lice to per­form their du­ties is de­pen­dent upon pub­lic ap­proval. Tim Cameron long ago em­braced the phi­los­o­phy of Sir Robert Peel, the fa­ther of modern polic­ing, that “the po­lice are the pub­lic and the pub­lic are the po­lice.” Cit­i­zens can see this in the pro­fes­sion­al­ism demon­strated ev­ery day by all of the mem­bers of the sher­iff’s of­fice.

I ask the peo­ple of St. Mary’s County to re-elect Sher­iff Tim Cameron as our sher­iff so that Tim and the mem­bers of the agency can con­tinue to serve and pro­tect all of us.

James K. Ra­ley Jr., Av­enue

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