JACKSON – Northampton County Sheriff Jack Smith has introduced his intentions to hunt reelection.
Smith has served two full phrases because the county’s high rating legislation enforcement officer. He was initially elected in 2014 after spending one yr because the appointed sheriff, filling out the unexpired time period of Wardie Vincent Sr. who retired early. Smith gained reelection in 2018.
“I’m a person of religion and second possibilities,” Smith stated. “I consistently try to be a task mannequin to the legislation enforcement occupation.
“I carry with me 49 years of legislation enforcement expertise to Northampton County in addition to exemplary management, equity, and professionalism. I plan to renew and develop upon these traditions whereas in search of re-election in 2022,” Smith added.
Throughout his time as Sheriff of Northampton County, Smith has overseen an effort to enhance his division, which in flip has offered extra superior companies to the residents.
The Sheriff’s Workplace obtained a number of grants lately to buy and equip physique cameras and new physique armor for the officers.
NCSO upgraded its Information Administration System (RMS), a program designed to assist officers and administration maintain observe of stories and civil processes that may help with the day-to-day operations of the Sheriff’s Workplace.
Smith promoted the implementation of the RUOK? Program, which calls every individual on the checklist each day. If unsuccessful after a number of makes an attempt, a deputy might be dispatched to the residence. This program is free and accessible to all senior residents of Northampton County.
All NCSO investigators have accomplished almost 400 hours of coaching and are licensed by the State of North Carolina as Investigators. One investigator has been lately promoted and presently enrolled within the course.
Two investigators have been educated and authorized utilizing the voice stress evaluation check, related however extra correct than the polygraph check.
“We’ve one licensed hostage negotiator; one licensed paramedic; and we’ve got a number of instructors that may train varied matters together with firearms, DWI detection and standardized subject sobriety testing, first assist & CPR and speedy deployment,” Smith stated.
He added that every one college useful resource officers have attended coaching and are licensed and that over 90 p.c of his sworn deputies and detention officers have accomplished both Disaster Intervention Coaching or some kind of de-escalation coaching.
The Sheriff’s Workplace has obtained a number of automobiles from the navy. These automobiles have saved roughly $250,000 to the taxpayers of Northampton County.
The Northampton Sheriff’s Workplace has partnered with a number of different businesses in a Chilly Case Workforce. Different businesses concerned embrace State Bureau of Investigation, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and lacking individual advocacy.
Moreover, the Northampton Sheriff’s Workplace obtained a grant to buy and substitute every service weapon that was over 20 years outdated.
Smith was profitable in his effort to extend the beginning salaries of his deputies by roughly $9,500 per yr since taking workplace. This was completed partly to his wonderful working relationship with the county commissioners.
Since 2013, 94 individuals have been reported lacking and all have been situated. In the meantime, murder arrests are at 75% throughout this identical interval.
The Northampton County Sheriff’s Workplace, County Commissioners, and Northampton County Financial Growth have been capable of get the State of North Carolina to donate Odom Jail to the county, together with about 10 homes, roughly 20 acres of land, and rooster homes. The Northampton County Sheriff’s Workplace plans to deal with federal and state inmates.
“We presently home inmates beneath the misdemeanor confinement program, which brings in over $500,000 per yr,” Smith stated. “As soon as Odom Jail will get turned over to the county, we plan to deal with juveniles from throughout the state. The whole funds may carry roughly $2,500,000 to the county.”
The Northampton County Sheriff’s Workplace has partnered with Bertie County, Hertford County and Ahoskie Police Division to kind the Down East Drug Process Drive. It was designed to fight the unlawful drug issues within the three counties, which has been very profitable, he stated.
A local of Martin County, Smith grew up within the small cities of Hamilton and Oak Metropolis.
“As a baby, I realized the significance of pleasure and laborious work, standing facet by facet with my family as sharecroppers,” Smith stated. “The values and rules that have been instilled in me as a baby are what have guided me into turning into the person that I’m immediately.”
After completion of highschool, Smith joined the Marine Corps in 1970, proudly serving with advantage for 2 years, which included one tour of responsibility in Vietnam.
After receiving an honorable discharge from the Marine Corps, Smith determined to proceed alongside a path of service by turning into a legislation enforcement officer. He launched that profession in 1972 with the Ahoskie Police Division.
“There I gained information of the occupation and the understanding of the neighborhood through which I served,” Smith recalled.
In 1974, Smith grew to become one of many few African American troopers with the North Carolina State Freeway Patrol.
“I devoted 30 years of creditable service, throughout which era I superior by way of the ranks and retired as Lieutenant on November 1, 2001,” Smith said.
In 2002, after retiring from the freeway patrol, Smith started working with the Nash County Sheriff’s Workplace. 5 years later he accepted the job as Chief of the Enfield Police Division and served in that place till he was appointed in 2010 as Chief Deputy with the Nash County Sheriff’s Workplace. He served in that function till 2013.
Over the course of his legislation enforcement profession, Smith has invested hundreds of hours in specialised coaching, to incorporate administration, administrative process legislation, constitutional legislation, employee’s compensation legislation, jail/detention procedures, affirmative motion coaching, courtroom procedures, neighborhood oriented policing, interview and interrogations, search and seizure legal guidelines, OHSA coaching, submission of lab proof, battle decision, and danger administration.
Smith serves because the Vice President of the North Carolina Schooling and Coaching Requirements Division, which is tasked with overseeing and supervising all Deputy Sheriffs, Detention Officers, and telecommunication personnel.
Smith is the daddy of two kids, Terrell and Jackie, and the grandfather of two grandchildren.
“As your Sheriff, my workers and I all the time put your issues on our shoulders daily,” Smith stated. “All of us should work collectively to make our communities as secure as doable, as a result of working collectively works! We should make sure the rights of everybody are revered, whereas serving with loyalty, integrity, honor, and professionalism.
“I humbly ask in your assist, teamwork, and your vote within the March 2022 Northampton County Sheriff’s election as we proceed to serve our residents faithfully,” he concluded.