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June 24, 2012

Woodward County Sheriff Candidate Joe Adams

Woodward, Okla. — Question No. 1: With the new open carry law that goes into effect Nov. 1, how do you think that will affect how the sheriff’s office operates?  Do you think it will cause problems in Woodward County?                                                                                                             

The new open carry law will cause law enforcement to approach scenes in a different manner. Arriving at a disturbance will be a challenge because an individual may in fact be openly carrying a weapon; a judgment call may have to be made on the spot. This will require more training for the situation. The general public will still have to be licensed as they are for the current law. I don’t believe the change will cause any more of a problem than the existing concealed carry law.

Question No. 2: There have been a number of scuffles at the new county jail.  How do you plan to address inmate fights and keep inmates from injuring other inmates and/or staff?

The Woodward County jail has the ability to lock down inmates up to 4 per cell. When scuffles occur there needs to be procedures in place to insure the safety of officers and other inmates. These would include individual lock downs.  Inmates should be held accountable for their actions.  Jailers need constant training and need the ability to control the environment for their safety as well as the safety of the inmates.  With training this will save time and could possibly save an officer or inmate from harm.                                                            

 

Question No. 3: Tell us about your job history.  What are your qualifications for becoming sheriff?                  

I served my country during the Vietnam War in the United States Navy.  

I have 34 years’ experience working for the citizens of Woodward County. I have worked as an EMT at Woodward County EMS at the same time running my own construction company.  I worked 13 years for Howes Refrigeration.  I started as a night time deputy at the Sheriff’s Office working my way to Captain.    I have been the D.A.R.E. officer for the last several years. I have enjoyed working with the Woodward county school teachers and teaching kids how to make the right decisions.  I am responsible for the D.A.R.E. appropriations that pay for 2 deputies, our vehicles, training and education.  I have had continued education in crime investigations, crime scenes, crime to and by children and human trafficking.  I have had hands on experience with all of these with the exception of human trafficking.   I recently had to take leave from the Sheriff’s Office since I am a candidate for Sheriff.    

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