Elect Jason Roberts
Richland County Sheriff 2020
Passionate - Experienced - Honest
Let's Make Richland County Better Together!
“The Next Generation Keeping Richland County Safe”
Jason E. Roberts
I REALIZE THE TIME IS NOW FOR ME TO HUMBLY ANNOUNCE AND ASK FOR YOUR VOTE AS THE NEXT RICHLAND COUNTY SHERIFF ON JUNE 9, 2020.
IT HAS BEEN MY PLEASURE SERVING THE CITIZENS OF RICHLAND COUNTY AS A LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER FOR THE PAST 20+ YEARS. MY PASSION FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT COMPELS ME TO STEP UP TO THE NEXT LEVEL FOR THIS NEW GENERATION PROVIDING A SAFE, HEALTHY AND PROFITABLE COMMUNITY THROUGHOUT OUR COUNTY.
YOUR VOTE ALLOWS ME TO STEP UP AND SERVE YOU IN THE CAPACITY OF THE RICHLAND COUNTY SHERIFF FOR THIS NEW GENERATION AND YOU. YOUR VOTE FOR ME, JASON ROBERTS, WILL GUARANTEE BETTER! I AM COMMITTED TO YOU AND THE CAUSE OF SERVING AND PROTECTING.
MY GOD GIVEN PURPOSE IN LIFE IS TO SERVE AND TO BE AN INTENTIONAL EFFECTIVE VOICE; THEREBY, EMPOWERING OUR CITIZENS IN THEIR COMMUNITIES WHERE WE LIVE AND SERVE ONE ANOTHER WITH LOVE AND PEACE. IT IS VITAL FOR THE COMMUNITIES THAT WE LIVE IN, TRUST AND RESPECT NOT ONLY ONE ANOTHER BUT ALSO, OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS AS FAMILY.
I HAVE NO DOUBT THAT MY SERVING AS YOUR SHERIFF WILL UNITE US AS ONE, PROVIDING SAFE COMMUNITIES FOR OUR CHILDREN, OUR ELDERLY AND OUR FAMILIES AT LARGE. I “NEED” YOUR VOTE TO HELP DELIVER SAFE AND HEALTHY COMMUNITIES OVERALL WITH LOYALTY, INTEGRITY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL!
I AM ASKING YOU TO JOIN ME ON THIS JOURNEY BY SUPPORTING MY CAMPAIGN FINANCIALLY AND VOTING FOR ME AS YOUR NEXT SHERIFF ON JUNE 9, 2020. DID I MENTION THAT YOU CAN VOTE EARLY?
WE LIVE IN RICH~LAND COUNTY, WITH GREAT PEOPLE WHO I AM WILLING TO SERVE AND PROTECT ALONG WITH MY DEPUTIES WHO SERVE WITH PRIDE.
TOGETHER WE CAN MAKE RICHLAND COUNTY SAFE WITH A NEW SHERIFF FOR THIS NEW GENERATION!
“VOTE JASON ROBERTS FOR RICHLAND COUNTY SHERIFF”
CRIME IN RICHLAND COUNTY
There are many national statistics that show data supporting our crime rate as high as 119% over the national average. Richland County currently is noted as #1 in South Carolina for violent crime, robbery, burglary, aggravated assault, larceny and motor vehicle theft. We are also considered #25 in the nation for the most violent places to live in America. Nonetheless, these statistics are unacceptable and must change for the better. As a citizen, of Richland County, I am, as probably you are, extremely disturbed by this data. Of course, there are various reasons why this data may be true; however, we are focusing on how to reduce our crime rate. As you give me the opportunity to serve as your next Sheriff, along with my deputies, we will work together to make Richland County one of the safest places to live in America!
Join me as becoming your “New Sheriff for this New Generation”
Jason E. Roberts, Candidate for Richland County Sheriff 2020
WHO IS JASON ROBERTS?
Jason is a 24-year law enforcement veteran who began his career with the Richland County Sheriff’s Department in 1995 at the age of 21. Jason worked for the Richland County Sheriff’s Department for a total of 14-years. While employed at the Sheriff’s Department, Jason worked as a Court Security Deputy, Field Training Officer, Assistant Shift Supervisor, Traffic Safety Deputy, Special Response Team Member and a large portion of his career was spent working with the most elite unit of the Richland County Sheriff’s Department, The CAT Team (Community Action Team), where he was promoted to the rank of Corporal and supervised other CAT Team Deputies. Jason has also worked as the Chief of Police in the Town of Eastover and as a Patrol Officer at the Columbia Police Department. While employed at the Columbia Police Department, Jason worked on the Pro-Active Community Enforcement Unit, Crime Prevention Unit and the Community Response Team. Jason also served as Special Assistant to the Chief of Police and was appointed as the Coordinator of the Mayor’s Security Detail, where he was assigned to City Hall and worked directly with the Mayor of the City of Columbia. Jason is currently the CEO of Affinity Solutions of South Carolina, a private process service and security consulting firm and he is also completing a degree in Criminal Justice at Liberty University.
WHAT IS MY PLAN?
When elected as your Sheriff, “The Mayberry Philosophy” will be implemented into our current policing practices, providing the promise of safer, healthier, and more vibrant communities. The Mayberry Philosophy is explained in further details below. We all know that law enforcement officers are a vital part of our community. We can no longer operate and separate ourselves from the communities in which we live and patrol. It is imperative that we unite as one, with the community to restore trust and rebuild relationships. My deputies will also “protect and serve” using the Mayberry Philosophy.
Below is a list of things that I plan to implement that will help to reduce crime in Richland County and get us on the road to becoming one of the safest places to live in America!
The Resident Deputy Program
Deputies will work in the communities where they live. They will be responsible for establishing relationships with their neighbors, attending community events and functions and reducing and preventing crime in their assigned community.
Project Safe Neighbor
The Sheriff’s Department will purchase homes in high crime areas of Richland County and allow a deputy to live there rent free. These deputies will become a part of these communities and they will be responsible for finding solutions to the crime in that specific community.
Free sports program for at-risk-youth that live in Richland County (Basketball, Baseball, Football, Boxing & Martial Arts).
Project Safe Haven
Free afterschool program for at-risk youth that live in Richland County that will focus on their gifts and talents (dance, music, singing, acting and performing)
Big Brothers & Sisters in Blue
Mentoring program facilitated by our deputies for youth ages (6-18)
Sheriff’s Cadets Program
I will employ youth ages (16-20) that desire to work in law enforcement as a career.
Richland County Mobile Crime Watch
We will develop a smart phone application that will help our citizens to report crime directly to us as it happens. They will also be able to send crime tips and receive alerts about major incidents, missing persons, runaways and other incidents that occur in Richland County.
Richland County Crime Intelligence Unit
This unit will be established to fight crime through technology and intelligence. Computer data and statistics are very important and this unit will use that information to help the Sheriff’s Department to predict and prevent crime in our county. This unit will also be able to tell us when and where to focus our resources to where they are most effective.
Richland County Domestic Violence Enforcement Unit
Domestic violence continues to be a very big issue in our state and county, with South Carolina ranking extremely high for over a decade. I will implement a dedicated unit that will respond to and investigate domestic violence incidents. There are far too many victims that do not receive the justice that they deserve. I will change that for domestic violence victims in our county. If I am elected to become the next Richland County Sheriff, one of the other things that I will do is develop a Domestic Violence Registry in the Richland County Sheriff's Department Phone App that I will create. If a person has been convicted of Domestic Violence in the past or if they have a restraining order, you can find out in a few simple clicks! A victim will also be able to text for help or hit a panic button if they are currently being assaulted! Education, prevention and enforcement is the key to end Domestic Violence!
Richland County Veterans Protection Unit
This unit’s mission will be to identify and assist the veterans of our county that may be struggling with P.T.S.D. or other mental health challenges from war. Our veterans are our hero’s and should not be treated like criminals for things that they have no control over. This unit will take proactive measures to assist our veterans in getting the help that they need, if and when the need arises.
Richland County Assertive Community Treatment Team
In order to solve a problem, we must find the source of that problem and treat it. We know that mental illness, alcohol/drug addiction play a major role as it relates to individuals committing crime. The ACT Team will consist of a team of deputies, mental health professionals and substance abuse treatment professionals, that will offer treatment, rehabilitation, and support services, to individuals that have been diagnosed with serious mental illness or that may be addicted to alcohol and/or drugs. The purpose would be to connect these individuals with treatment services as a way to keep them out of the criminal justice system.
Richland County/Columbia Police Consolidation
It will be my intention to begin talks with the City of Columbia to explore the idea of possibly consolidating both the Columbia Police Department and the Richland County Sheriff’s Department into one agency. I believe that we have one common goal and that is to reduce crime and make Columbia and Richland County one of the safest places to live in America. If combining our resources will better serve the citizens of Columbia and Richland County, I am willing to have that discussion to see if this would be viable and effective at reducing crime.
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