Pinckney announces bid for Colleton’s sheriff | News | The Press and Standard
by The Press and Standard | March 16, 2016 5:00 am
Last Updated: March 16, 2016 at 12:59 pm
Dolphus Pinckney has announced he will file a statement of candidacy to run in the Democratic primary for Colleton County sheriff.
Pinckney said during his 28 years in law enforcement, 21 of those years in the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office, “I have long worked for positive change in this county.”
“The time has now come for me to seek the office of sheriff,” Pinckney stated in a prepared statement. “I want to bring fresh ideas and positive solutions to the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office.”
Pinckney will hold a campaign kick-off event on March 21 at 6 p.m. at the Colleton Museum and Farmers Market, 506 E. Washington St. “I’m asking that you bring your families, friends, neighbors, and associates. We would love to have as many as possible attend this event,” Pinckney said. Campaign donations of any size will be accepted.
“I bring administrative leadership, knowledge and understanding of the daily operations of the office; professionalism, accountability, accessibility, organizational skills and future long- and short-term goals,” he stated in his release.
“Having been in supervisory positions the majority of my law enforcement career, I have attended many local, state and federal training schools where I have received countless training certificates and achievement awards. I have learned both what to do and what not to do.
“I have a passion for people and have always been very concerned about the citizens of Colleton County,” Pinckney said. “I believe that there are workable solutions available that will enhance not only the safety of all citizens of this county, but these solutions will build the bridge of trust that is so desperately needed between the citizens and the sheriff’s office within the communities throughout this county.”
Pinckney suggested that residents have been disappointed and have the perception that “nobody cares. I will bridge the gap between the disconnect of the citizens of this county and law enforcement.”
Pinckney said one of the causes of the disconnect is the turnover of personnel within the sheriff’s office due to inconsistency and uncompetitive salaries. “When employees leave in great numbers, there is no continuity or consistency and no time to build relationships within communities,” he explains.
He said to reverse that trend, he would work with local state and federal agencies to ensure continuous training and explore options for implementing incentives for higher learning. “Investing in your employee brings about professionalism as well as loyalty to the office.”
“As a result, employees are performing their everyday duties with a high level of proficiency. As a result you, the citizens of this county, are better served and protected,” Pinckney said.
“As your sheriff, my vision is to focus on, and not to be limited to:
Ensuring that the office is professionally recognized locally and nationally as a fully accredited agency.
Aggressively combating gang activity, bullying and substance abuse among youths by partnering up with local, state and federal agencies. Implementing joint partnership between the Colleton County Board of Education, Department of Juvenile Justice, Department of Social Services and other youth-based organizations. This will fight the existence of the lost children of Colleton County due to illegal drug and gang activity.
Enhance community partnerships through Community/Neighborhood Crime Watch programs. Holding quarterly town hall meetings, increasing coverage and visibility of service.
Communicate with business owners and community residents to discuss community concerns. My “Open Door Policy” will not only be for citizens to come to me but for me, the elected official, to come to you. This is called my “Swing Door Policy”.
Form a community advisory board.
Ensure the safety and security of the Colleton County Detention Center daily operation. Implement a rehabilitation program effort for the incarcerated by partnering up with local community and business leaders.
Ensure protection and the welfare of the elderly and vulnerable adults. Educate the elderly on recent scams and fraud schemes.”
“It is my belief that one cannot lead where they have not been. I am a long life resident of this community,” Pinckney said.
He is a member of the board of trustees of Colleton County Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse, one of three vice presidents of the Colleton County High School Band of Blue Booster Club, a board member at the Colleton Medical Center and a newly appointed board member of the Colleton County High School Athletic Board.
“I have a Christian foundation,” he added. He and his wife of 18 years, Denise, have three children Amber, Justin and Hunter. He calls his wife “my biggest supporter and campaign manager.
“As your sheriff, I will strive to make this county and community a safer and better place in which we will all be proud to call home,” Pinckney said.