Albemarle Sheriff candidate responses
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Chan BryantPatrick Estes
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In three sentences or less, why are you running?I am running for Sheriff because I have been committed to this agency for 9.5 years as a volunteer reserve deputy, 13 years as a paid deputy with the last 3.5 year as being Chief Deputy tasked with running the day to day operations of the Sheriff's Office. We have made great strides in making our Sheriff's Office a great organization and I would like to continue what I started as well as expanding programs for youth, senior citizens and building communities of trust.. I have brought diversity into the agency and have hired candidates that have a dedication of service, human relations skills, team compatibility and excellence driven deputies that have a commitment to their community. I have made a positive change in the agency and continue to make a difference to the people that we serve and at the end of the day, that is what matters the most.It is time to push the envelope beyond the core responsibilities of the Sheriff's Office, to expand our service and lead through community engagement, green energy initiatives, growing partnerships with state and local officials, and more. I want to use my experience, values, leadership and team approach to change what it means to be an elected official in Albemarle County while enhancing the safety of our community. I am running to serve the community that I love and that has given so much to me.
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What would be your first priority in the sheriff’s office if elected?My first priority would be to host our first community of trust event.If elected, I would increase community engagement by developing a Sheriff’s Office Citizens Advisory Panel as well as increasing programs within our schools. I would also like to strengthen the Reserve Division by recruiting and hiring more members of the community to serve, which would help provide more resources for the school programs.
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Do you support ending the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail’s current policy of voluntary collaboration with ICE?The ACRJ board will be voting on May 9th to use VINE Link and I support this decision because it puts the burden on ICE to do their job instead of jail staff.


NOTE: VINE Link is an automated system designed to let victims know of an inmate's release. ICE officials could use it to find out when undocumented people are being released.
Yes. Additional voluntary notifications to ICE do not make our community safer and continues to build distrust within our neighborhoods.

FOLLOW UP QUESTION: Do you support automated notifications via the VINE system?

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No, automated notifications via the VINE system are still additional and voluntary notifications to ICE, which are unnecessary.
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The Charlottesville Police Department is being pressured to be more open with data, including releasing arrest statistics that include data about race. How would you increase transparency in Albemarle?The Albemarle County Police Department is the primary law enforcement agency for the County. We handle courtroom security, civil process, and transportation of prisoners. We also serve circuit court capias and have a handful of arrest each year. The Albemarle County Police Department is the custodian of all records for the Sheriff's Office including arrests, reports, and summons. I would be happy to release the data from these arrest.We need to be open and transparent with the Sheriff’s Office, and that means holding public meetings, creating opportunities for people to voice input, and being an accessible leader. As we continue to have tough conversations in our community about policing, race relations, the opioid epidemic and more, there needs to be true transparency and accountability. This should include a Sheriff’s Office Citizens Advisory Panel, which promotes community policing among other benefits.
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While current law limits where they can be located, would you support opening a needle exchange in Albemarle County to combat the opioid epidemic?YesYes. The evidence is clear that needle exchange programs are an effective and efficient method for not only helping to combat the opioid epidemic but also reduce the transmission of HIV and other viruses. Although there is often a negative perception of such programs, this is often the result of stigmas toward people who need our assistance and best available resources.
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Would you support the establishment of a civilian police review board in Albemarle?YesAlthough the Sheriff’s Office is distinct from the police department, a strong and engaged citizenry and transparency in our elected positions is a core part of my platform. We can learn from the Charlottesville Board that has been developed to ensure an equitable, open, and inclusive system for all who live in Albemarle. A citizens advisory panel is a significant way for the public to engage in dialogue which promotes conversations that can lead us to both transparency and increased community safety, which is my goal.
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What experience do you have in organizing in and supporting local communities?Professionally, as Chief Deputy, I organize and support our community by providing programs such as Child Fingerprinting/DNA, CPR/AED, TRIAD and Project Lifesaver. I also started our Lunch Buddy program where we visit all of our 13 elementary schools in the County and eat lunch with the children to build positive relationship between the kids and deputies. I also started our Christmas Joy program where we provided food, clothing, and toys to needed families. I also participated in the Charlottesville Area Community ID program to provide identification cards to those in our community that do not have a government issued ID. Personally, I have been a board member of The Arbor that provided shelter for victims of human trafficking. I am currently on the recruitment committee for the Alzheimer's Association.In my current role as the Regional Director for RMC Events, I plan, organize, and collaborate with members of the community, public safety officials, the private sector and stakeholders in the community nearly everyday. Forging strong relationships has been instrumental in the success of safety and security at the events I have been fortunate enough to be a part of. Whether it was working in law enforcement or private security, the common goal of community safety has always been a priority for me. One of the most memorable events in the past few years that I helped plan and organize from a safety and security aspect was A Concert for Charlottesville in 2017. It was an amazingly large event to plan in a short amount of time; however, seeing tens of thousands of diverse community members come together as a community was both special to be a part of and very powerful.
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