VanDyke Announces Candidacy for Liberty County Sheriff
LIBERTY, December 1, 2015 – Veteran law enforcement officer and local businessman Shaun VanDyke is announcing his candidacy on the March 1, 2016, Republican ticket for Liberty County sheriff.
VanDyke married his high school sweetheart 17 years ago and together they have three daughters.
VanDyke believes that with his law enforcement history and business management skills, he would be an asset to the community and sheriff’s office.
“We need to take the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office to the next level. We need to make new changes and get back to core values. I want us to have an aggressive pursuit toward crime and illegal drug use in the area,” he said.
If elected, he says his priorities will be to focus on strengthening police presence in high crime areas and developing more outreach programs.
“We need to focus on the burglaries in our communities. Those who are responsible need to answer for the crimes they have done and face the necessary consequences. It is time to crack down on the narcotics being used, grown and sold within our community. We need to run out the illegal gaming sites that are constantly popping up in our community,” VanDyke said. “These issues go hand in hand with the burglaries, thefts and violence that we often witness firsthand.”
He believes there is room for positive change in the area.
“Our residents deserve more. This is our community, our businesses, our homes and families and it’s up to us to make the changes that it needs. You deserve a sheriff’s department that can handle your problems in a professional manner every time,” he said.
More can be done with the calls received from residents, according to VanDyke.
“It’s time for the sheriff’s department to make follow-up calls. You need to know that the traumatic experience or incident that you went through is being handled,” he said.
Regarding the creation of outreach programs, VanDyke said he wants citizens to see what deputies are doing day-in and day-out.
“I welcome you to come go through a modified citizens police academy and then go out and ride around with one of our deputies and see just what these women and men go through every day,” he said.
VanDyke has plans, not just for the residents that are curious about what their deputies do day-in and day-out, but for the younger generations of Liberty County.
“We need to have a deputy going to our elementary schools to speak to kids and give them information on drugs, dropping out, etc. They need to have constant interaction with deputies on a good basis, not just when they do something wrong. We need to imprint this early in their lives and then follow up when they are going through intermediate and high school,” he said.
“If we expect a safer community for people to raise their families in, doesn’t it make sense to stop the problems before they ever start? Our children are a direct reflection of the environment around them. We need to keep it as safe as possible and eliminate areas of trouble where they may have a chance to stumble. Students need to build trust in all law enforcement officials so they feel safe coming to us when there’s a problem,” VanDyke continued.
He believes that a united community against crime is the best way for citizens to help the sheriff’s office.
"Together we can make this community great again,” VanDyke said.