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Orange County Sheriff

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    Charles Blackwood
    (Dem)

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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) I‘ve served Orange County since 1980 when I worked in the Uniform Patrol Division of the Sheriff’s Office. Having served in or supervised every division of the Sheriff’s Office I’m uniquely qualified to continue serving as your Sheriff.
3 favorite endorsements for this election The most important endorsement I have received is that of the voters of Orange County as they voiced their overwhelming approval during the May Primary where I received 77% of the vote. I am also very honored to have been endorsed by The INDY of Chapel Hill as well as by Minister Robert Lee Campbell of Chapel Hill.
We work hard to ensure for the care given to the inmates who we are entrusted to protect and care for while they await their day in court. I understand the importance of having contact with family, friends and Clergy.
My Office's position regarding ICE detainers provides that ICE detainer requests are declined absent probable cause to believe that a criminal violation of federal immigration law has occurred.
We have one of the best oversight committees in the form of our citizenry who gather every four years to vote for Sheriff.
I support the Federal and State Courts rulings on the Law of Search and Seizure.