I am grateful for the opportunity to lead the Davis County Sheriff’s Office. I am also grateful for the myriad of challenges we have faced the last few years. I am proud of the way the Sheriff’s Office has responded to pandemic, earthquake, riots, windstorm, social and political strife. Some of our greatest accomplishments the last three years have come as we faced and overcame these challenges.
Listed below are some areas where the Sheriff’s Office has made significant improvements over the past three years. My thanks to all members of the Sheriff’s Office for their efforts in these significant improvements.
Financial and Business Practices
On February 2, 2021, I presented a report in a regular County Commission meeting outlining many of the accomplishments the Sheriff’s Office achieved during my first two years in office.
- Recruited and hired a Health Services Administrator to oversee and coordinate all aspects of medical and mental health care inside the jail.
- Established a Life Safety Committee, comprised of staff and citizens. This committee includes medical professionals, mental health providers, researchers, attorneys, and experienced correctional professionals.
- Improved initial screening of all incoming inmates to identify health risks. Provided Mental Health First Aid training to all Sheriff’s Office staff. In two years, jail staff discovered and successfully intervened in at least 62 documented suicide attempts – on average one every 11 days.
- Began construction on a much needed jail medical observation wing which will be opening in Spring 2022. This addition will greatly improve our ability to care for ill or injured inmates and will include cost saving features including telehealth.
- Established an internal jail inspector position and initiated a 360-degree evaluation of virtually everything we do in the jail.
- Achieved 100% compliance with all jail standards as assessed by external jail inspectors each of the last three years.
- Carefully considered alternatives to incarceration where appropriate and were instrumental in the opening and the initial success of the Adult Receiving Center. Run by Davis Behavioral Health, this center provides an alternative way to connect non-violent people with mental health or addiction treatment outside the criminal justice system and has achieved great success.
- Implemented a state-of-the-art Ankle Monitor Program which provides significant cost savings over physical incarceration and improves public safety by continuously monitoring and tracking the movement of low-level offenders.
- Held COVID-19 at bay, keeping it completely out of the jail population for ten months. Two small subsequent outbreaks of COVID were quickly contained and limited to a few weeks each.
- Completely revised and upgraded our field training (FTO) program. Added two new non-aggressive patrol dogs to our K-9 program including a blood hound.
- Started replacement of marked patrol vehicles with more traditional white vehicles with clearly legible markings.
- At the request of the Davis County Chiefs of Police association, we took a leading role in establishing a cooperative public order unit capable of responding to civil unrest anywhere in the county. We are continuing to lead that effort.
- For the first time, the Sheriff’s Office now has an Investigative Criminal Analyst to assist investigators in solving crimes.
- Obtained a grant to fund a Crime Victim Advocate and a Victim Advocate Coordinator which will help us better serve victims of crime in our county.
Initiated discussions with other dispatch providers leading to a greater level of cooperation in dispatch services county wide. All public safety dispatch centers in the county will soon be on a common server which will allow us to accomplish a virtual consolidation.
- Important improvements in policy including revisions to pursuit policy, uniform policy, physical fitness program, and internal investigations. Updated use of force policy to ensure it is consistent with the Utah State Legislature and U.S. Presidential directives.
- Implemented ongoing training on policy, accomplished through daily training briefs which are emailed to every deputy.