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Sheriff Candidate: James Arnold

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What office are you running for? La Porte County Sheriff

What political party are you affiliated with? Democratic Party

What is your education? High School

What is your occupation? Patrol Sergeant with the La Porte County Sheriff's Office. I have been with the LCSO since 1999.

What is your candidate platform?

I want to implement a Trauma Response Team that will respond to critical and high-stress incidents. Our officers deserve to have mental health experts available on scene to immediately address any concerns the officers may have. My administration will patrol periodically to not only maximize our availability to the officers and the public but to fill in when or where more officers are needed. I will reinstitute the GED and literacy programs in the jail. This will benefit the community at no cost to the county. I will restore ministerial access to those citizens in the jail that request it. I will outfit the jail staff with body armor. Their job is dangerous and they deserve personal protection. I want to increase the size of our patrol staff, due to the size of our county and the number of calls for service. I will create a more inviting, fair and friendly work environment where ALL employees will have access to the same opportunities for advancement or movement within the department. This will include revamping the promotional process and updating the evaluation process. I will work to add another mechanic to the La Porte County Sheriff's garage. Their workload demands it. I will have the jail supervisors certified to run certified breath tests on station. This way there will always be someone available on station to run the tests for purposes of DUI investigations no matter which agency makes the arrest.  


Give three reasons why voters should consider you this election.

  1. I intend to foster a healthy and positive work environment that will not only improve morale within the walls of the department but will undoubtedly strengthen our relationship with the public.
  2. I'm a dedicated public servant and that will not change.
  3. I care about my family and the community we live in.


Is there anything else you'd like voters to know about you?

When I'm not working, I am with my wife and two sons. We love talking about muscle cars and going to the movies. And we have many rescued animals that keep us busy, too. 

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