2012-07-26 / News
Genesee County Sheriff
Family: Wife, Janet, and two sons, one daughter, and one granddaughter
Education: Adrian College, Adrian, Michigan, B.A. 1963; Eastern Michigan University, Graduate Studies; Federal Bureau of Investigation Advanced Studies Program; and University of Virginia (Federal Agents Only)
Profession: Genesee County Sheriff for 14 years
Community service: Sam Duncan Memorial Scholarship Committee; New Paths, Inc.; Genesee/Lapeer/Shiawassee AFIS Consortium; The IMA Foundation – Children’s Recreation Fund; The Hundred Club of Flint; Leadership Flint; March of Dimes; Michigan Elder Abuse Task Force; New Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church; Flushing Lions Club; Ancient Order of Hibernians; Mott Community College Criminal Justice Advisory Committee; Mott Community College Bruin Club; Genesee County Democratic Party; Democratic Club 225; Knights of Columbus; Burton Democratic Club; and the Weiss Child Advocacy Center Board Member
Why should voters choose you instead of your opponent?: When I became Sheriff in 1999, I met with community leaders to find out what new programs needed to be added and what programs needed to be enhanced. I started a Consumer Protection Division that has recovered over $4 million and has sent several swindlers to prison. I created the Elder Abuse and Financial Exploitation Prevention Team that protects our seniors from abuse. The Elder Abuse Team has issued 431 felony warrants including homicide. I have enhanced our working relationship with cities and townships throughout Genesee County by providing a higher level of police services. My Office has four contract areas for police services; Atlas Township, Fenton Township, Flushing Township, and Vienna Township. I created a multi-jurisdictional drug unit that was responsible for the largest drug and cash seizure in Genesee County history.
During tough budget years, I enhanced the Paramedic Division by doubling its size and lowering response times from nine minutes to six minutes. This major reduction in response times has been vital to saving lives. I have enhanced the Work Detail Program by purchasing two buses for $500 each that were scheduled to be mothballed, allowing many more inmates available for the program and open more bed space for the Jail.
I have strived over the past 14 years as Sheriff to modernize and transform my office to make it more responsive to the needs of the public. I responded swiftly to the cries about dog fighting. I partnered with Genesee County Animal Control to dismantle gruesome dog fighting rings. As Sheriff, I will continue to listen to the community and respond quickly and efficiently to their needs. The safety of our residents is my number one priority.
Most critical issues facing your district and your solutions?: The most critical issues facing Genesee County are violent crimes, drug crimes, and gangs. I work hard everyday to prevent these crimes. I have proposed a county-wide Mobile Command Task Force that would bring multiple law enforcement agencies together. This Task Force will allow police to respond to crimes with more enforcement, and deter crime with increased visibility.
The biggest crime prevention in Genesee County is schools, churches and community organizations like the scouts. I partnered with community organizations like Community Parent Inc. and created a one-of-akind drug prevention program called “Chasing the Dragon”. Schools and law enforcement agencies across the country have requested “Chasing the Dragon” in their area.
I started a prescription drug take back program in response to the spike in prescription drug abuse. My Office continuously works with schools, churches, and senior centers to collect prescription and over the counter drugs along with providing educational demonstrations.
As sheriff, I will continue to work with the community and create innovative programs to prevent crime. To find the solution to crime and drug prevention, you must add together enforcement and education.
Party affiliation: Democrat
Residence: Grand Blanc
Family: Husband and father of six
Education: FBI Basic Crime Scene School; FBI Crime Scene Search; Michigan State Police Supervisory Certificate; Law Enforcement Officers Regional Training Commission; Basic Forensic Science; Firearms Instructor Training Course; Police Supervision Training; Interview and Interrogation; Unified Incident Command System, Mott Community College; and Community Policing Seminar, The Community Policing.
Profession: Experienced, knowledgeable, dedicated 30+ year of law enforcement services; retired Deputy Chief, City of Flint Police Department, Commander of the Special Operations Bureau; SSGT U.S. Air Force Security Police, 127th Combat Support Squadron, Selfridge Air National Guard Base; CATT Squad - (Former) Supervisor of the Crime Area Target Team — A team targeting high crime areas where drugs, gangs and prostitution was prevalent; SET — Street Enforcement Team (Former) Supervisor targeting street level drug dealers; PAL — Police Athletic League, Executive Director, served three years supervising two Police Officers, one Secretary and more than 2,000 youth; Deputy Sheriff, Wayne County Michigan, Sheriff's Department — Assigned to Internal Security; and Reserve Officer, Squad Leader - Detroit Police Department.
Political experience: I am not a Politician, I am a Crime Fighter.
Community service: UAW 235 Member, Detroit/Chevy/Forge Division (Former); MI Contract Security Association, Board Member; Outreach Ministry, Pastor Armor Bearer, Board of Trustee Member, Grace Emmanuel Baptist Church, Flint; and Feed the Children Ministry.
Why should voters choose you instead of your opponent(s): We live in a great community but the economy as it is, we are not guaranteed more resources. We have to look at departmental and community resources to maximize what are already available."
Keeping my community safe is my number one goal. I want to foster the kind of environment that welcomes new business and job opportunities for our citizens. In order to handle this job as your new sheriff, I have the right combination of street experience, training and administrative experience to get the job done.
We are facing uncertain financial times and times of increasing crimes. As your sheriff, I pledge to be fiscally responsible and to make this county an extremely unpleasant place for criminals. I will be a sheriff who is available to the citizens 24 hours a day. I will always be accessible to you. The days of calling the Sheriff's Office and being told that you will have to leave a message are over. I will be there for you. Together, we can win this election and take this county in a positive new direction. We can do this if we stand together. We can do this if we are willing to fight for it together. We will win.
Most critical issues facing your district and your solutions?: Crime, leadership and management is the number one most critical issue facing Genesee County residents. I will target high crime areas using crime stats as I did before when I was supervisor over the Crime Area Target Team (CATT SQD.) and the Special Operations Bureau. I will strategically place my officers in high crime areas around the county that need our attention. I will use this data to tell me when and where I need to place my officers to stop certain crimes. I will have a zero tolerance for any laws being broken in our targeted area (the area will be on total lock down). I also will use our street Intel. When we need to put an undercover officer inside any illegal operation (Drug, Gang, etc.) I will work very close with all police agencies around the county to ensure we are all on one accord fighting crime. I will foster the kind of environment that will have criminals turning around at our county lines. I will go after any State or Federal resource available in our effort to stop the crime in our community. Dan Allen Party affiliation: Democrat
Residence: Grand Blanc
Family: Robin, wife of 20 years, Children: Jacob and Harmony
Education: United States Air Force Security Forces Academy-Honors, School of Air Base Ground Defense-Honors, Flint Regional Police Training Academy, Medical Legal Death Investigator School, Practical Homicide Investigator School, Advanced Traffic Homicide- Accident Investigation, FBI Major Crimes Investigation, Michigan State Police School of Drug Enforcement, MSU Police Alcohol Enforcement, PPCT Defensive Tactics Instructor, Terrorist Awareness-Texas A & M, Incident Command Training- Achieved Highest Level
Profession: Current chief of police for Argentine Township; Trustee-Law Enforcement Officers Regional Training Commission Advisory Board; Sergeant for City of Flint Police Department; Director of Flint Regional Police Training Academy; United States Air Force Security Forces and Emergency Forces Team Member
Political experience: This is the first time I have sought elected office. I have managed political interactions as Chief of Police, Sergeant on the Flint Police Force and Director of the Police Academy.
Community service: 911 Advisory Board, Youth Police Academy-Argentine Township Police Department, Co-Chaired and conducted fundraising for Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) with the late Donald Cronin, Averill Avenue Church of Christ Teen Teacher, Mentor children in Martial Arts Training, Church Volunteer with the Genesee County Food Bank
Why should voters choose you instead of your opponents? What sets me apart from my opponents is that I have worked a variety of assignments as an officer, seeing crime and it’s victims up close and personal while patrolling the streets. I trained numerous officers as Director of the Flint Regional Police Academy while providing a proper example to follow as they serve. As Chief of Police I work in the public, political and business sectors, all while living within the budget. I believe in leading by example. I continue to patrol with my officers, take an active part in investigations and make arrests when necessary. I have learned to never forget I am a public servant who must provide the community with a leader who holds honesty and integrity in the highest regard.
Most critical issues facing your district and your solutions?: Our county is home to “the most violent city in America,” as designated by the FBI. Reduction of crime, the safety of senior citizens, families and businesses is paramount. My 10 Point Plan will reduce jail overcrowding, create revenue without going to the taxpayers, and put deputies on the streets to help fight crime while being pro-active preventing crime at its source. I plan to institute Boot Camp and Scared Straight programs for adult and juvenile offenders, with the addition of court ordered or voluntary parenting, counseling and mentoring programs designed to educate the parent and give the opportunity for our youth to be diverted from a life of crime. To alleviate jail overcrowding, I will expand “Work Detail” and “Work Release” programs where an individual serves the community. Non-violent offenders who qualify may be offered a tether program, or those who are gainfully employed could pay a fee to be released to maintain their jobs and return to jail at the end of their shifts. Implementing technologies that streamline efficiency of current resources that promote public safety will allow deputies to spend less time in the office, and more time on the street.
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