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 RE-ELECT ROB NOU, San Juan County Sheriff.


It is both an honor and a privilege to serve as your Sheriff. I look forward to your continued confidence and support in my campaign for re-election. I bring a passion to the work, a sense that this is in fact my calling. I have brought that passion to the job every day for the past 33 years.

In those 33 years, I have gained a broad range of experience and received exceptional training preparing me well for this leadership role. My experience and training is more broad based than being limited to law enforcement skills. I have experience in budgeting, grant writing and grant administration, personnel matters, risk management, and labor relations. I am a graduate of the FBI National Academy, the premier law enforcement leadership and executive development school in the world. I attended the National Sheriff's Institute, a weeklong course for first term sheriffs from throughout the United States.

While the deputies in the field are the most visible face of the sheriff's office, the responsibilities of the Office of the Sheriff are much broader- fundamentally being the CEO of a $3 million per year enterprise. The 911 center, the jail, court security, search and rescue, civil process, sex offender registration and verification, and concealed pistol license processing are all functions of the sheriff's office. Staff training, equipment, vehicles, facilities, payroll, contracts, and a myriad of other tasks and responsibilities are all part of the administration of the sheriff's office.

Policing the San Juan Islands is unique. The sheriff's office is the only general authority law enforcement agency in the county. No municipal police departments, no state troopers. Sheriff's deputies are assigned on San Juan, Orcas, and Lopez islands. With deputies isolated geographically, officer safety is a major concern. I directed that all sworn deputies attend regular mandatory training in defensive tactics skills to maintain proficiency in perishable skills critical to their safety.

Additional in service training has been provided in mental health call response, active shooter, DUI investigations and report writing, and in house in service training continues. Training in domestic violence response and crisis intervention team training is upcoming. Where appropriate, we train alongside our Fire/EMS partners and others.

Under my administration, internal systems have been streamlined to improve efficiency and eliminate redundancy. Laptop computers have been installed in most patrol cars to improve and secure communication with field units, and allow for electronic reporting. By "going paperless" reports and other documents can be transmitted electronically, instantly.

The 911 center underwent a renovation that replaced failing radio consoles and provided a new IP 911 state of the art phone system. These systems are absolutely critical public safety infrastructure, and the new systems will improve reliability and efficiency.

Prior to taking office in 2011, I saw a disproportionate number of DUI arrests resulting from traffic crashes. Between 2006 and 2010 there were 10 traffic fatalities in San Juan County. (Washington State Traffic Safety Commission data) Most of those fatal crashes were alcohol related. I made DUI enforcement a priority, and more impaired drivers were removed from our roads. In collaboration with the Prosecuting Attorney's Office, staff were trained and procedures developed to process DUI arrests and routinely apply for search warrants to obtain blood samples for evidence in those cases where breath tests were refused. Our efforts were rewarded with a Target Zero Award from the Traffic Safety Commission. Since taking office, there has been one traffic fatality- a 90% reduction! Emphasis patrols have occurred periodically, with overtime funded by grants.

Illicit drugs are a scourge on our island communities. Deputies and detectives work diligently with neighbors and others to build prosecutable cases against those that sell cocaine, methamphetamine and heroin. Several cases have been made on San Juan, Orcas and Lopez islands, disrupting the drug trade. I have been working with the San Juan Island Prevention Coalition, which includes the schools and other youth serving organizations on strategies to prevent drug use among our kids.

As a county made up of islands, marine assets are a necessity. I have received grants in excess of $1,000,000 to secure two new vessels, and the resources to pay for staffing, fuel and maintenance on those vessels. The new boat SENTINEL will replace an aging Sheriff patrol boat that has reached its functional lifespan as a law enforcement vessel, and an existing fireboat. SENTINEL will be operated collaboratively with San Juan Island Fire District and Shaw Fire and EMS.

As Sheriff, it is my responsibility to manage the resources entrusted to me- personnel, equipment and tax dollars, to the best of my ability in order to protect the people of this county and provide the best service possible. 

I remain committed to continuing to build a culture within the sheriff's office based on the principles of INTEGRITY, COURAGE, SERVICE and RESPECT. It is our duty to ensure the safety and security of our islands and to be the guardians of the quality of life that we all cherish.

I would be honored to continue to serve as your Sheriff.

Please vote to Re-Elect Rob Nou, San Juan County Sheriff.