Part II — Barry County Sheriff Questionnaire: Danny Boyd
1. What, specifically, will you do to reduce the drug problem in Barry County?
Focus on the Farm Roads and the rural areas, where known criminal activity and drug trafficking occurs. Also, if we get a very active Neighborhood Watch Program, citizens can help be the eyes and ears of law enforcement in their neighborhoods.
2. When addressing the drug problem, will you put more emphasis on certain substances compared to others (i.e. marijuana versus prescription pills versus meth)?
From my experience in law enforcement, meth and pills seem to be a bigger issue in Barry County. With that being said, if someone is using an illegal substance, they will be arrested.
3. What is your opinion on the Sunshine Law and your philosophy on transparency?
The Sunshine Law requires transparency and disclosure of meetings, records, votes, etc for the public to inspect. This holds officials to a higher standard and promotes public trust. I will follow the Sunshine Law to the letter and would make sure all deputies and staff are updated on the Sunshine Law and all it entails. I want to keep the public informed and be as transparent as the law allows, along with following the law regarding victims rights.
4. Given recent events nationwide regarding policing tactics, would you consider extra training or any changes in policy regarding force?
With recent events in mind, continuous training is a must, to protect both the citizens and officers. I would encourage extra training. Officers need to be trained and certified in all equipment issued to them and know the policies in place regarding use of force. However, every case will be looked at and body cam video will be reviewed to see if use of force was justified. Policy regarding force should be reviewed often to see if any changes need to be made.
5. If elected, how long do you plan to continue serving as/running for Sheriff?
For as long as Barry County citizens wish me to serve and as long as I am making a difference and can see improvement in the County.