With the drastic rise in violent crime in Vermont it's time we take a serious look at the way our Sheriff Departments operate and what their mission is.
My focus will be on providing modern, professional, and community-oriented law enforcement. Putting "People over Profit" and working on making a safer Windsor County.
End Policing for Profit. Law Enforcement shouldn't be a revenue generator.
Please consider voting for me in the August 9th Democratic Primary.
Thanks for taking the time to visit my site, I have posted several interviews as well as detailed descriptions of my goals for the Windsor County Sheriff's Department. With your support, we can make a positive change and bring modern, professional, and community-oriented policing to Windsor County.
On 04/06/2022 I gave an Interview to Aaron Gothier of WCVR Radio describing my platform and goals
I spent some time with Chris Garrett of 99 Rock discussing my campaign and platform, Please give it a listen
This gives a quick overview of what VT Sheriffs do and what I want to change
Windsor County Democratic Sheriff Forum
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First, what's a Vermont Sheriffs Department?
It's a Countywide Law Enforcement agency with an Elected department head, the Sheriff. Sheriff Deputies are certified police officers and have the same law enforcement authority as a State Trooper or Municipal Police Officer. I may use deputy and police officer interchangeably in my writing.
In Vermont, Sheriffs departments are statutorily required to transport prisoners to court and serve civil process like evictions and certain court documents. Since Vermont has minimal county government, the state funds the Sheriff's Salary and some deputies' salaries. In Windsor County, there are two state-paid deputies. The Sheriff's department functions as a business in some ways. It is allowed to generate revenue through service contracts like providing a police cruiser on road construction, escorting wide loads, or providing police service. The Sheriff themselves is permitted to keep 5% of those contracts as his compensation. Herein lies what I see as the problem. While the Sheriff has the ability to provide meaningful Law Enforcement/Police service, he has chosen to focus on things like speed enforcement to generate revenue for contract towns. (the majority of a speeding ticket fine is paid to the town in which it was written)
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While we have seen increased crime, violence, and drug overdose deaths in Windsor County, the current administration has focused on traffic tickets and intentionally shied away from meaningful crime-fighting.
My goal is the make Windsor County a better place by building positive community relationships, proactively fighting crime, and working together with our community to solve social, justice, and equity-related problems, hence my Slogan "PEOPLE OVER PROFIT"
I started My Law Enforcement Career in 2006. I've worked as a Detective, Patrol Officer, and part-time School Resource Officer. I've worked on major investigations, including Murder, Kidnapping, Burglary, and Death investigations. I've been a union president at two different police departments, owned my own businesses, and currently serve on the Windsor Selectboard. I am also a Veteran of both the wars in Iraq & Afghanistan.
I want to affect positive change and improve the way we do policing in rural Vermont, But I need your help.
I believe the Office of Sheriff should be non-partisan, and I will perform my duties in an A-political manner as I am a firm believer that the Sheriff represents all people, not just one party. However, due to the construct of our political system, I will be running as a Democrat, and I'm asking for your Vote in both the Democratic Party Primary on August 9th and the General Election on November 8th.
Together we can make the changes needed!
Candidate for Windsor County Sheriff 2022
Ryan has been part of this community for his entire life, working tirelessly to make it a better place.
"I believe police officers are an integral part of the community they serve and should assimilate themselves into the community, as friends, neighbors, coaches, patrons of business, and as community leaders. Not as an occupying
Per the Vermont Sheriffs Association website: "The most critical goal of your local sheriff is to serve and protect citizens like you and your loved ones."
"PEOPLE OVER PROFIT"
The current Windsor County Sheriff model revolves around generating revenue through the issuance of motor vehicle tickets, primarily speeding in towns that wish to supplement their tax base with traffic fines.
Click the link below to SevenDays Article that explains in-depth
Highway safety plays an essential role in overall public safety but should not be the focus of any modern, professional & community-oriented Law Enforcement Agency.
I vow to shift the mission of the Windsor County Sheriff Department to that of Community Oriented Policing, hyper-focused on building positive relationships and proactively fighting crime, and ensuring public safety and confidence.
"PEOPLE OVER PROFIT"
Body Cameras in 2022 shouldn't be a discussion; they should be part of the standard issue. One of the first steps I would take as YOUR Sheriff is the procurement and issuance of Body Worn Cameras to every deputy in the field.
TRAINING TRAINING TRAINING
The modern professional police officer is held to the highest standard in history and must be trained to the highest levels. But unfortunately, they are not. The State of Vermont requires a minimum of 30 hours of training to maintain your full-time police certification. If I am elected YOUR Sheriff, Windsor County Sheriffs Deputies will become some of the best trained in the state with a focus on topics like:
I have personally brought world-class trainers to Vermont and plan to continue this practice to provide the best available training in the most cost-effective means. If Police officers are going to be held to the highest standards we must train, equip and support them to those levels.
Encouraging officers to get out of the cruiser (incredibly hard under the current model), making introductions, and building positive community relationships is central focus of my platform. These are YOUR police, and let's break down walls and become a community again.
The concept of precision policing revolves around focusing on criminal elements, bringing the fight to people actively engaged in illegal activity.
The use of intelligence gathered from well-established community relationships is critical. The idea of simply being reactive and responding to calls or stopping speeders has little to no impact on crime. We need to do better, and I promise if Elected as YOUR Sheriff, we will.
I will lead from the top to ensure impartial, bias-free, transparent policing is implemented and adhered to by the Windsor County Sheriffs Department. People of Color in our community still have a great deal of mistrust for the police. I want to work hand in hand with our community members to build strong relationships and find meaningful and impactful solutions to this problem.
Within my first term, I plan to install a Social Worker / Victims advocate to assist the deputies with scenarios that may not be criminal but require police response. The goal is to keep more people out of the system while helping solve the problems contributing to police involvement in their lives. Complex problems require complex solutions, and we must take a long-term approach to help our friends and neighbors.
1. Youth Engagement, we must try to keep kids out of the system and help them become productive members of society. My deputies and myself will be involved in mentoring programs school initiatives and serve as positive role models to at-risk youths and build strong partnerships with school districts, DCF, and other child welfare agencies to help Windsor County Youth live happy and productive lives. Adding a county-wide police cadet/explore program and citizens academy.
2. The training of officers to deal with Mental Health, Domestics Violence, and Substances abuse issues is critical. A department Social Worker and Victims advocate and strong ties to our partner social welfare agencies are crucial to helping people stuck in the system find their way out. We don't need to be experts in every field, but we need to guide people to resources that can help them.
3. Proactive Law Enforcement. Precision policing is the future and the solution to modern crime-fighting. I plan on working with partner Law Enforcement agencies on the local, state & federal levels to fight crime in Windsor county. Training Deputies to the highest levels possible and encouraging personal and professional growth is key to making the Windsor County Sheriff's Department the best agency it can be.
Rarely do we see a cohesive effort to fight crime employed through a county or even a single department. I want to encourage the cooperation of multiple agencies in the county to work together, share information, and fight crime cohesively and systematically.
Law Enforcement has historically held strong biases against seeking mental health counseling. Breaking this stigma, encouraging officers to focus on their mental well-being, and providing every available resource will be another key focus of my administration. Physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being are keys to living a healthy and productive life, not just personally but professionally as well. I plan to provide gym memberships, fund other holistic approaches to officer health, and incentivize fitness. Healthy and happy police officers who are treated with respect by their employer and given ownership in the mission will perform higher.
It seems like every day, we see or hear on the news about some shooting, murder, or other violent crime occurring in Vermont that we previously thought was unimaginable. Out of state criminal enterprises are setting up shop in our communities, friends, family, and neighbors dying from overdoses. Home break-ins or catalytic converter thefts happen to you or someone you know. The current Sheriffs administration has turned a blind eye to this with a continued focus on generating revenue (5% of which the Sheriff is allowed to pocket himself)
I can assure you that I have the experience, training, drive, motivations, vision, and leadership abilities, as well as empathy and understanding to push back against crime while building strong community relations. Below is a list of some of my training and certifications.
"PEOPLE OVER PROFIT"
Monetary contributions of any size are tremendously helpful. Modern political campaigns are costly, and I am self-funding most of this effort. If you can't contribute money, simply spreading the word about the campaign and the message is a huge help. Social media posts are game-changing and would be greatly appreciated.
If you are interested in helping directly with the campaign, such as posting signs at your home or business, handing out flyers, or setting up a meet and greets, please email Ryan@ryanforwindsor.com
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Checks can be mailed to:
Ryan Palmer For Windsor County Sheriff
33 Main Street
Windsor VT 05089