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Ingham County Sheriff - 4 Year Term - Vote For Not More Than 1

Ingham County Sheriff - 4 Year Term - Vote For Not More Than 1

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    Eric Trojanowicz
    (Rep)

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    Scott A Wriggelsworth
    (Dem)

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Biographical Information

What are your top three priorities for the department if elected?

What is the most critical issue facing your office?

What will you do in your first month in office?

What specific actions, if any, can the Sheriff’s Office and its deputies take in addressing the growing problems of heroin and illegal prescription painkiller use?

How do you believe surplus military equipment, which can be acquired through federal government programs, should be used by the Sheriff’s Office?

What training, policy and procedure changes or additions need to be made to account for law enforcement’s regular interaction with people with mental illnesses?

Are you current in all tax, alimony and child support obligations? If not, please explain.

Home address 3612 Dell Rd.
Holt, MI.
Hometown Holt, Michigan
Education Graduated from Holt High School. Graduated from the Mid-Michigan Police Academy. Obtained Associates Degree from Lansing Community College in criminal justice. Will have obtained my Bachelor's Degree in Pubic Safety/Homeland Security from Herzing University in the Spring of 2017.
Family Four daughters.
Professional Experience I was hired by the Ingham County Sheriff's Office in 1991 as a road patrol deputy. I was a field training officer, a community policing officer, and a canine handler. I was promoted to Sergeant where I was a shift supervisor for out - county patrol and Delhi Township. I was promoted to Lieutenant where I served as a shift supervisor in the Corrections Division. I was also assigned to the Staff Services Division, out-county road patrol and Delhi Township as a Lieutenant. I was promoted to Captain where I managed the day - to - day operations of our Field Services and Corrections Division. I have received numerous awards while employed by the Sheriff's Office. I was employee of the year in 2008. I was chair of the Ingham County Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition. I was a member of the Prescription Drug Task Force. I was the co-chair of the 911 Advisory Committee.
Political Experience This is my first time running for any kind of political office.
My top three priorities for the department when I am elected Sheriff are:

1. Create a positive change at the Sheriff's Office that incorporates community involvement.

2. Reduce the Administration so that I can increase the road patrol. The Sheriff's Office is too top heavy.

3. Work with the Board of Commissioners. The Sheriff needs to have an open line of communication with them.

The most critical issue facing the Sheriff's Office is communication with the public and staff.
I will bring back the Community Policing strategies. My father, the late Robert Trojanowicz was the founding father of Community Policing.
I would work with the Board of Commissioners to insure effective programs are in place to address the growing problems of heroin and illegal prescription painkiller use.
The Sheriff's Office by using the surplus military equipment can save money. The Sheriff's Office will not accept any military equipment just for the sake of getting it. The Sheriff's Office will incorporate effective training when they obtain the equipment.
Law enforcement officer's need to be trained from experts annually on how to interact with people with mental illnesses. I would work with Community Mental Health to come up with a system to address people with mental illness instead of putting them in the Ingham County Jail.
I am current in all my tax, alimony and child support obligations.
Hometown Holt
Education Marketing Degree Michigan State University 1992, LCC Police Academy 1992, FBI N.A. Graduate Quantico Va 2006
Family Married, wife Melissa a school teacher in Lansing 4 children ages 18,14,12,12
Professional Experience 22 years at East Lansing Police command experience in Patrol, Records, PACE, Detective Bureau and Administration
Political Experience 6 year member of the Holt School Board
Keeping the citizens of Ingham County safe is my #1 priority. I will use my experience in law enforcement to bring dangerous criminals to justice, especially those that prey on the young and elderly.

We need to partner with community leaders, neighborhood groups and churches to recruit dedicated men and women who reflect the diversity of our county.

With tight budgets, the Sheriff's Office must use collaboration with other departments, technology, and innovative ideas to get the biggest bang for our buck. I will do my best to garner continuous feedback from the community to help ensure ICSO is doing the best we can for the community we serve in both corrections and law enforcement.
A new jail/facility needs to be built, but this issue has been ongoing and most likely will be decided before the next Sheriff is elected.

My goal is to eventually increase the number of deputies available to serve our rural residents. I will work with the County Board of Commission and area township officials to develop initiatives that will increase rural road patrol. Continuing to partner with other area law enforcement agencies so all Ingham County residents can benefit from the expertise of our local law enforcement officers. Crime prevention by high police visibility and reduced response times should always be the goal of any law enforcement agency.

Get to personally know the staff and learn both their strengths and weaknesses. Study the policies/procedures of the Sheriff's Office to ensure they are current, and to review how the Sheriff's Office is operating.

Meet with key members of the Sheriff's Office to find efficiencies and ways to do our jobs even better.

Launch a Behavior Assessment Unit (BAU) to encourage both corrections and law enforcement deputies to partner with loved ones, mental health officials and addiction specialists to help people whose lives are in crisis. We can no longer stand idly by as law enforcement, and just respond after the fact. Keeping people out of crisis, in turn not committing crimes, is the goal.
A BAU Team would be one idea I would implement immediately. We have been doing this at East Lansing Police in 2016, and have some successes already.

Continue to prioritize prosecuting the dealers on our areas, and focusing on helping those addicted as opposed to incarcerating them. Continue to offer support to those addicted and currently in jail, by in house programs, as well as programs to help re-integration back to society once released.

I took the lead about 2 years ago in reviewing all police documented tri-county wide opiate OD's, to see if there are any commonalities (dealer houses, phone numbers,) then forward this info to our local drug enforcement teams to investigate.
The basics like blankets, cots and the like should be able to be used as needed for either significant community events/disasters, or to help supplement the Sheriff's Office budget.

I believe weapons, like knives, long guns and limited military style vehicles should be allowed for local law enforcement to acquire from the federal government. It is up to my administration to determine the proper utilization of this equipment. This would typically be major incidents like barricaded gunman, active shooter incidents etc. Local LE should never be in a position to be out gunned at a major scenario if equipment is readily available for use.
A BAU team is a great start. Law enforcement need to be trained in the signs of mental illness, and the subsequent actions to use to mitigate any potential physical conflict. Not just those with mental illness, but also those people with learning disabilities, autism etc. The more training we get increases the likelihood of a successful conclusions. The Sheriff's Office would stay committed to participating in the local area CIT (Critical Incident Team) currently being created. Having specially trained officers and deputies respond to critical incidents involving people with mental illness, thus again increasing the likelihood of a non violent conclusion.
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