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Watauga County Sheriff

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    Len (L.D.) Hagaman
    (Dem)

  • David Searcy
    (Rep)

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What are some steps you would take to keep incarcerated individuals safe and connected to family members and the community? (40 words max)

What do you believe is the appropriate level of collaboration between federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Sheriff’s office? (30 words max)

Should NC cities and counties have the ability to establish community/civilian oversight boards with subpoena power? (briefly respond in 15 words maximum)

What policies do you support to help minimize racial bias in stops and searches (for example, mandatory consent-to-search or using data to flag high-disparity officer)? (briefly respond in 15 words maximum)

Experience (35 words max) Sheriff (2006-Present/3 terms/12 years), Advanced LE/Sheriff's Leadership. Graduate of Wingate,& ASU (Undergrad/Graduate/Post Graduate); Vietnam Era Veteran (USASA/Intelligence); WCSO/Boone Police, Boone-City Manager, Lenoir-Asst. Manager, Post 9/11 Homeland Security; Watauga Commissioner, 3 terms;
Recidivism/Why individuals are (re)arrested currently implemented in the Detention Center. Social Worker/Detention Staff, to identify people in criminal justice system. Addiction/psychological/medical disorders, and little skills affect 32% of inmates.
We do not have staff, funding, bed space to participate in 287(g). ICE Hold/Case law is applicable (not valid unless signed by Federal Judge, or Magistrate).
Already in place via NC Sheriffs Standards Commission = Peer Review and Courts.
SOP/NC Sheriffs Standards Commission = Peer Review and Courts.
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