Elect Jason Roberts
Richland County Sheriff 2020
Passionate - Experienced - Honest
Let's Make Richland County Better Together!
After much thought and consideration, I would like to humbly announce my intent to seek the office of the Richland County Sheriff in 2020. I have served the citizens of Richland County for the past 20 plus years in my capacity as a law enforcement officer. With your help, I would like to continue to serve the citizens of Richland County as your next Sheriff. My God given purpose in life is to serve and help people that cannot help themselves. I know that I am capable of being the best Sheriff that Richland County has ever had, but I cannot do that without your help. I am asking for you to join with me on this journey and support my campaign to become your next Sheriff. Together, we can make Richland County one of the safest counties in America!
Jason E. Roberts
Candidate for Richland County Sheriff 2020
Together We Can Make Richland County Safe Again!
Jason E. Roberts
CRIME IN RICHLAND COUNTY
Per the website AREA VIBES, Richland County has one of the highest crime rates in America! The overall crime rate in Columbia is 119% higher than the national average. As a citizen of Richland County, I am deeply disturbed by this. If given the opportunity to serve as your next Sheriff, it will be my mission to make Richland County, the safest county in America. Join me and let's make Richland County safe again together!
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.
Jason was inspired to run for Richland County Sheriff, after he reported an incident of domestic violence by a close friend and supporter of the current Sheriff. Because Jason reported the abuse, the Sheriff used his political power and influence to retaliated against him for doing what was right. Jason was employed as a Columbia Police Officer at the time of this incident. Jason believes that a Sheriff must always fight to protect the victims of Domestic Violence and should always support other law enforcement officers that expose abusers and any other forms of police misconduct or corruption.
Columbia Police Chief Skip Holbrook (right) talks about a spate of gun crime in Columbia during a 2019 news conference. Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott (left) and State Law Enforcement Division Major Frank O’Neal listen. A former Columbia police officer has sued Richland County and Columbia for retaliation he said took place after he spoke to a reporter about his concerns over a former law enforcement chaplain. File/Chris Trainor/Free Times
WHAT IS MY PLAN?
If I am elected to serve as your next Sheriff, I will introduce what I call “The Mayberry Philosophy” to our policing practices. I believe that law enforcement officers are a vital part of the community and we can no longer separate ourselves from the communities in which we patrol. We must unite as one with the community in order to restore trust and rebuild relationships. That being said, if I am elected to serve as your next Sheriff, all of our deputies must buy in to the Mayberry Philosophy.
Per F.B.I. and S.L.E.D. statistics, the crime rate in Richland County is 119% above the national average! Richland County is #1 in the state for violent crimes and we are considered to be #25 in the nation for the most violent places to live in America. This is unacceptable on every level!
If you elect me to become your next Sheriff, I will work day and night to reduce our crime rate and make Richland County safe again! I also plan to introduce several programs that will be aimed at protecting our youth and keeping them safe from gangs and drugs. Our children are a vital part of our community and I will not allow them to live in fear!
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.
SWAT Sports – 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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