Frank will guarantee a prompt response | Letter to the editor

Posted 9/7/22

Art Frank is running for sheriff because your family deserves to be safer.

Under the current sheriff, 911 answers the phone, but too often Jefferson County deputies fail to help. Consider these …

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Frank will guarantee a prompt response | Letter to the editor

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Art Frank is running for sheriff because your family deserves to be safer.

Under the current sheriff, 911 answers the phone, but too often Jefferson County deputies fail to help. Consider these recent cases:

ASSAULT: At a youth sports camp, a fifth-grader cornered a kindergartner. The fifth-grader then exposed herself and urinated at the kindergartner. The victim’s parent called the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO). A deputy took a report, but the parent never heard from JCSO again.

HATE CRIME: A Jewish mother of young children dialed 911 to report swastikas carved into picnic tables at Irondale Beach County Park. No deputy responded. Days later, she phoned JCSO to inform them she had covered and painted over the swastikas herself.

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE: A Tri-Area resident called 911 to report that her teen child had assaulted a family member. Instead of driving to the house, the assigned deputy phoned the complainant. The assigned deputy refused to come to the house to inform the minor of the legal consequences of assault, and failed to file a report. A few weeks later, the teen assaulted her guardian. This time, a deputy responded and arrested the teen. Upset about JCSO’s failure to act on the first assault, the guardian called the current sheriff, who sent a sergeant to speak to the guardian and apologize. However, the sergeant still failed to take a report on the first assault. Later, when Detective Art Frank investigated, Art took the guardian’s full report, documented the first assault, and ensured the family received appropriate support from the justice system.

Art Frank is now running for sheriff to correct these mistakes. He’ll ensure JCSO deputies respond promptly to every call, help every time, and protect and serve our families and communities.

Vote Art Frank for sheriff in November.

Sue Heston
PORT LUDLOW

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