Wednesday, March 28th, 2012 at 1:00pm

Lake County Sheriff’s Online Forum Part 2

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Lake County Sheriff’s Online Forum Part 2

                       

Citizens for Better Government, L.L.C. would like to welcome you to Part 2 of our third Online Candidate Forum of the year.  This forum is for all declared candidates for the Office of Lake County Sheriff.  Lake County Sheriff Gary Borders has held his office since 2006; and, his opponent, Sandy Carpenter, is a Lake County resident who currently holds the position of Captain with the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.

It is very important that you check your email, Facebook, or our website (www.lakecountygov.info) to ensure you don’t miss any part of the forum.  Readers will have the ability to make comments about each part of the forum on our website, making it very interactive and interesting.

Sheriff’s Online Forum Part 2

Q: Both candidates have extensive backgrounds in law enforcement.  In the past, what have you specifically done to reduce expenses and balance budgets?

Sheriff Gary Borders

I have frozen 25 positions that became vacant through attrition, while in other cases, I replaced high-ranking employees who retired with employees with less tenure and lower pay.  I also implemented a policy governing off-duty use of agency vehicles in an effort to save on fuel costs.  In addition, I cut $3.5 million from the previous year’s budget, offered to rent jail space for federal inmates, and consolidated the jail population so that we could lower staffing levels within the jail.

Sheriff Candidate Sandy Carpenter

As the Sheriff, it will be an ongoing process to review and evaluate each unit within the agency to ensure that they are cost effective and operating efficiently.  Since my first assignment as a supervisor, I have always looked for ways to provide more effective services and cut operational costs.  Most recently, while serving as the Commander of the Court Security Section, I was able to combine several services of judicial and criminal process and cut my section’s budget by over 3%.  Lake County needs a Sheriff committed to trimming the budget and getting the most out of our tax dollars.

Q: As Sheriff what have you done or will do to make yourself available to be contacted directly by the public?

Sheriff Gary Borders

I have always maintained open lines of communication and accessibility for the public through e-mail or by calling the office.  I also hold community meetings every month to give citizens the opportunity to interact with myself and our staff.  In addition, I attend as many public events as possible to be accessible to the public.  I will continue to make myself available in these ways as I enjoy hearing from those whom we serve.

Sheriff Candidate Sandy Carpenter

As a citizen, I want to know that I can walk up to the Sheriff or call him on the phone and express my concerns or comments without difficulty.  So as your Sheriff, I want the citizens to feel they can approach me and tell me what kind of job we are doing.  I will drive a marked vehicle, making myself visible to the public while in the community.  I will also have a link on our website to allow citizens the opportunity to provide comments or state their concerns.  Unlike the current Sheriff, I will have my individual email and direct phone line posted promptly on the website so that any citizen can email or call me directly.  I believe in transparency in government and I want the citizens of Lake County to know that I am here to serve them.

Q: Many argue law enforcement will have to change tactics with the advent of smart phone devices.  Experts in the field credit smart phones as the main deterrent to crime.  As such, how do you plan to embrace the technology of tomorrow to make the Sheriff’s Department more efficient?

Sheriff Gary Borders

We currently provide a link on our website to Central Florida CRIMELINE, where people can provide crime tips via text messages and e-mails.  We also allow visitors to our website to sign up for e-mail notifications when a registered sex offender or predator moves into their neighborhoods.  We also have e-mail addresses through which citizens can submit tips regarding criminal activity.  We plan to continue embracing these technological advances to support our efforts to keep the community safe. 

Sheriff Candidate Sandy Carpenter

Technology is an ever-changing factor and it is important that law enforcement understand the changes and embrace them.  While smart phones have become a mainstream, they can provide an abundance of information in an instant and can be used to combat crime with their instant video, photo, and GPS programs.  Likewise, they can provide the criminal with new ways to avoid law enforcement, locate victims, and scam the unsuspecting citizen.  Providing our deputies with such resources as low cost smart phones can enhance their ability to quickly investigate, identify and bring to justice perpetrators of crime as well as locate victims and quickly provide information to other deputies and agencies that may need it.  Besides smart phones, advancements in social media also play a big role in crime prevention and education as well as investigation.  Things like Facebook and Twitter are excellent tools to keep the citizens involved in the policing of their communities.  Unlike the current Sheriff, I will have an agency Facebook page with daily postings of reported criminal activities and crime prevention events, as well as use Twitter to tweet breaking news on emergency issues.  We will embrace the technology of today and use it to further the mission of the Lake County Sheriff’s Office.

Q: If tomorrow, you personally pulled over a vehicle for speeding with six Hispanic people inside with no verifiable identification and none of them could speak English, what would you do?

Sheriff Gary Borders

I would arrest the driver for driving without a driver’s license and contact Border Patrol for further investigation. 

Sheriff Candidate Sandy Carpenter

First, I would call for the assistance of a bilingual deputy, an interpreter from another agency, or use the Omni language line to establish clear communication with the subjects.  Once communication was established, I would handle the traffic stop in the same manner as any other traffic stop, first dealing with the criminal violation at hand.  If the driver was unable to provide a valid driver’s license, he would be charged with driving without a license.  If during the course of the investigation, the parties provide information that leads me to believe they are in this country illegally, then I would contact the U.S. Border Patrol.

Q: Many minorities feel that they are disproportionally targeted for arrest.  What have you done or will do to make sure all segments of the Lake County community is treated the same?

Sheriff Gary Borders

In order to achieve accreditation (which we did in 2007 and were awarded reaccreditation in 2010), an agency is required to not only have a policy that prohibits bias-based profiling, but also have its members adhere to it.  Both our policies and practices in the field have been subjected to in-depth inspections by teams of external assessors during the accreditation process to ensure compliance with those mandatory standards. With that being said, we have never had any issues whatsoever with our ability to adhere to the policy prohibiting bias-based profiling.  I will see to it that our accreditation is maintained through effective policies and adherence to those policies by our members so that our constituents can rest assured that all segments of the county are treated the same.  

Sheriff Candidate Sandy Carpenter

I have always stressed to my subordinates that you should treat each and every person as if they were your father, mother, sister or brother.  I do not judge people based on their race, gender, religion, or economic background and I truly believe that you should treat people the way you would like to be treated.  You never know when the day may come that you might stand in their shoes.  As your Sheriff, I will continue the policy against bias-based profiling.  As part of our unit review and evaluations, I will ensure that we monitor statistical information regarding arrests, contacts, and interviews to ensure that we are providing law enforcement free from prejudice.  I will also provide continued education for the deputies to ensure they understand the fine line between bias-based profiling and proper police procedure.

Q: The scourge of substance abuse is reaching epidemic proportion in regards to prescription medication.  What can you as Sheriff do to stop the abuse of prescription medications?

Sheriff Gary Borders

We have worked with the county to enact an ordinance placing a moratorium on future pain management clinics until the legislature can pass tougher laws and penalties for violators.  We also have partnered with the Safe Climate Coalition of Lake County to have prescription lock boxes in our offices for people to dispose of their unused medication.  Furthermore, our drug unit continues to aggressively seek out, identify, and apprehend those responsible for dealing these drugs in our communities. 

Sheriff Candidate Sandy Carpenter

According to the Drug Enforcement Administration there has been a spike in teen abuse of prescription drugs.  More teenagers are abusing prescription drugs than cocaine, heroin and methamphetamines combined.  One way to combat this abuse is to provide education to our youth and their parents.  Many parents do not realize that their children are able to get high in their own home simply by going to the family medicine cabinet.  By encouraging parents to lock up their prescription drugs and to turn in the prescriptions they no longer need, we can lessen the availability of these drugs.  I plan to work closely with the schools, Safe Climate Coalition, and other educational entities to stop drug abuse in our children before it starts.  Another way I will combat this growing area of drug abuse is to vigorously investigate and assist other agencies, such as the FDA and DEA, with investigations into pill mills and doctors who over prescribe these dangerous drugs.

Q: Many believe intrapersonal and family relationships between a supervisor and subordinate employees undermine the effectiveness of most law enforcement agencies.  Under your commands, do you allow such relationships to exist and what should be the guidelines to prevent conflicts?

Sheriff Gary Borders

While we do hire family members of current employees, no employee who is in a relationship with another employee may directly or indirectly supervise the significant other.

Sheriff Candidate Sandy Carpenter

I do not have any issues with employees being married or dating each other as long as they are not in the same chain of command or working on the same shift with each other.  Likewise, I do not have a problem with family members such as siblings or parents/children working at the agency, but the same rules will apply.  Sexual harassment lawsuits cost agencies high dollar settlements when the relationship ends.  The Sheriff must protect the taxpayers from this undue burden by ensuring that employees that are involved in relationships do not work in the same unit or supervise each other.  The Sheriff is the ultimate supervisor and the top of the chain of command, therefore; under no circumstance would I, as Sheriff, date any employee of the agency or employ a direct family member.

In tomorrow’s Part 3 of our Lake County Sheriff’s Online Forum we will be asking each candidate about their opinion of deputies supporting their opponent, and what they believe are the biggest threats facing Lake County.  Please be sure to check your email tomorrow, or our website at www.lakecountygov.info.  If you have not signed up for our free email newsletter service be sure to sign up at the website.  Also, for no hassle delivery of the newsletter, “Like” The Right Side of the Lake on Facebook.

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6 Responses to “Lake County Sheriff’s Online Forum Part 2”

  1. admin says:

    I have checked and double checked the site and see no posting issues. On the Main Page of the site (index) it will show all previous postings. This might had been what he saw, but hope it works fine for everyone! Glad everyone enjoyed the articles!

  2. It somehow got in the septic tank article. Guess the blogger got on the wrong story, thanks!

    We hope you guys get at least a little credit for allowing the truth to be told. No doubt you catach a lot of heqq for it. Not much truth available to the starving for truth public these days!

    Word on the street is the people are beginning to figure this all out. Now how long will it take them to stand up and put a stop to it?

  3. Borders says:

    I didn’t like him from the start. He is weird, rude, and I think he has a personality disorder of which I don’t care. Someday I will give him a finger in his face like he did me and look at him like HE is an a**hole like he did to me. No. I would not do that. I am above that. I feel sorry for him. He has issues and thankfully for him a good government mental health care plan.

  4. admin says:

    in which category did the blog seem to be placed incorrectly?

  5. Please repost this blog it somehow got in the wrong category.

    Many of us would like to see Sandy Carpenter grow the intestinal fortitude to address Gary Borders 20 years at the Green isle Boys Ranch and all the abuse both child and sexual which as occurred there over the years and been covered up. Carpenter claims to belong to the First Baptist Church of Orlando. If so, both Sandy Carpenter and his pastor David Ute (Notified of this because his associate Pastor John Harris is affiliated with former Green Isle owner’s Bridges of American Prison Ministries) have all the information about the crimes committed (especially) upon the last five little victims and covered up by Gary Borders as Green Isle Board Member and Sheriff of Lake County as well. All one has to do is follow the timeline and see the investigation stopped dead in it’s tracks on Dec. 16.,2009 and the cover up was on again Feb. 4, 2010 after breaking news on TV. Fake report, fake arrest, fake court hearing, fake probation and Borders friend Tyler Anthony Jackson still on the streets abusing older male boyfriends!

    Sandy Carpenter don’t have to be the sheriff of Lake County to open his mouth and ask questions and bring the plight of these five little boys to the surface just like Trayvon Martin deserves justice so do the Green Isle Rape Victims! If he doesn’t have the “nads” to face the biggest child house of horror’s run by Gary Borders and his friends for over twenty years; he won’t have the “nads” to stand up to Bob McKee and his Lake County organization of corruption!

  6. Q: Both candidates have extensive backgrounds in law enforcement. In the past, what have you specifically done to reduce expenses and balance budgets?

    Sheriff Gary Borders said:

    I have frozen 25 positions that became vacant through attrition, while in other cases, I replaced high-ranking employees who retired with employees with less tenure and lower pay. I also implemented a policy governing off-duty use of agency vehicles in an effort to save on fuel costs. In addition, I cut $3.5 million from the previous year’s budget, offered to rent jail space for federal inmates, and consolidated the jail population so that we could lower staffing levels within the jail.

    THE TRUTH-

    The problem is you didn’t really freeze those positions; you didn’t hire them in the first place!
    Since the recession started on July 12, 2007 you went to the BCC and received funding for 25 ADDITIONAL deputies at a startup cost of $100,000. EACH . Then again on April 7, 2009 you went back to the BCC and got more money and a UHP GRANT for 10 more additional deputies. While it is true you didn’t really hire all these numbers you still took the money and spread it around on raises, bonuses and toys! As for the remark “I replaced high-ranking employees who retired with employees with less tenure and lower pay” What about the fact that you allowed people to retire and double dip! Among them (E.H. Brannan; Glen Waterman and others) You allowed Captain Steve Moss to retire and have that big retirement party on January 29. 2009 and come back to work as Captain Steve Moss “PART II” on December 18, 2009 same fat salary only with a nice retirement check for good measure! Freezing positions and keeping the funding for those positions and using that funding for other purposes is a form of FRAUD! I guess offering to rent space in the jail to the feds means CPPI don’t need to do any jail expansions for a while.

    Q: As Sheriff what have you done or will do to make yourself available to be contacted directly by the public?

    Sheriff Gary Borders said:

    I have always maintained open lines of communication and accessibility for the public through e-mail or by calling the office. I also hold community meetings every month to give citizens the opportunity to interact with myself and our staff. In addition, I attend as many public events as possible to be accessible to the public. I will continue to make myself available in these ways as I enjoy hearing from those whom we serve.

    THE TRUTH-

    You also carry a cell phone paid for by we the taxpayers of Lake County. The number is 352-267-97** but you don’t answer the phone unless you recognize the caller. If the caller leaves you a message you don’t return that either. You also apparently have never found the RETURN key on your emails because you don’t answer them either! Your community meetings mostly in the protected gated communities is a joke! People reading this forum should just for kicks try to contact you, You might enjoy hearing from those you “service” but the fact remains you do not and never have served the real people of Lake County. You don’t even speak to real people in the public!

    Q: Many argue law enforcement will have to change tactics with the advent of smart phone devices. Experts in the field credit smart phones as the main deterrent to crime. As such, how do you plan to embrace the technology of tomorrow to make the Sheriff’s Department more efficient?

    Sheriff Gary Borders said:

    We currently provide a link on our website to Central Florida CRIMELINE, where people can provide crime tips via text messages and e-mails. We also allow visitors to our website to sign up for e-mail notifications when a registered sex offender or predator moves into their neighborhoods. We also have e-mail addresses through which citizens can submit tips regarding criminal activity. We plan to continue embracing these technological advances to support our efforts to keep the community safe.

    THE TRUTH-

    Why do you refer Lake County residents to Central Florida Crimeline located in Orange County? It is a well known fact that tips are sorted and filtered by minimum wage Crimeline employee’s who have absolutely no professional training and absolutely no background checks done on them. If you happen to get a real authentic tip it’s usually by accident. The lake County Sheriff’s Office should be open for business to all of it’s citizens 24/7/365 and should take all tips even from Crimeline but they should not lower their level of expertise to total dependence on any such organization. Also, boaters who find themselves in trouble on the water and call the Lake Sheriff’s Office dispatch should not be directly forwarded to Sea Tow of Central Florida where the first thing they ask for is a credit card number before they offer any assistance! Dispatchers do not explain to disabled boaters that the Sheriff’s Office does not respond to disabled boaters and the “victims” feel like they are being ripped off by the Sheriff. The Sheriff’s Office needs to “get to work” and stop panhandling for everyone that cuts a deal for their recommendations!

    Q: If tomorrow, you personally pulled over a vehicle for speeding with six Hispanic people inside with no verifiable identification and none of them could speak English, what would you do?
    Sheriff Gary Borders said:

    I would arrest the driver for driving without a driver’s license and contact Border Patrol for further investigation.

    TRUTH-

    Does this mean you would arrest the driver and transport him/ her to the Lake County Jail and return to the scene to await ICE? Or, would you arrest the driver for no DL and just be a nice guy and take the other five occupants to the Lake County Jail to await ICE for their further investigation. Maybe you should call State Senator Alan Hays and ask him what he does with those “Hispanic speaking people!”

    Q: Many minorities feel that they are disproportionally targeted for arrest. What have you done or will do to make sure all segments of the Lake County community is treated the same?
    Sheriff Gary Borders said:

    In order to achieve accreditation (which we did in 2007 and were awarded reaccreditation in 2010), an agency is required to not only have a policy that prohibits bias-based profiling, but also have its members adhere to it. Both our policies and practices in the field have been subjected to in-depth inspections by teams of external assessors during the accreditation process to ensure compliance with those mandatory standards. With that being said, we have never had any issues whatsoever with our ability to adhere to the policy prohibiting bias-based profiling. I will see to it that our accreditation is maintained through effective policies and adherence to those policies by our members so that our constituents can rest assured that all segments of the county are treated the same.

    THE TRUTH-

    We are glad you brought up accreditation. Just another organization which likes to take the taxpayers money for absolutely no honorable purpose whatsoever. If an agency is doing their jobs and following all applicable state and federal laws why do we the taxpayers have to spend our money (and a lot of it) for some plaque to hang on OUR WALL? Maybe some interested party should do a public records request and see just how many thousands of our tax dollars it costs to buy accreditation.

    We happened to notice that Sheriff Borders is Vice-President of the FCAC (If this blog is so interested the link to this is here: http://www.flaccreditation.org/FCAC%20Commissioners.html
    Gary Borders BIO On Their Website-

    Gary S. Borders was appointed by Governor Jeb Bush in November 2006, as the Sheriff of Lake County. “Sheriff Borders has spent his 27 year career in the field of law enforcement, to include the Corrections aspect as well.” AS EVIDENCED BY THE FACTS THIS STATEMENT HAS TOTAL DISREGARD FOR THE TRUTH; IF ANYTHING IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN EXACTLY THE OPPOSITE! Prior to joining the Lake County Sheriff’s Office in 1989, he was employed by the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office, where he was selected as the Assistant Jail Administrator at the young age of 24.

    Sheriff Borders is very humbled by the confidence Lake County citizens have displayed in his ability to effectively and efficiently oversee this 755 member agency. Since his appointment, the Sheriff’s Office has received its Certificate of Accreditation from the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation, created a Street Crimes Unit as well as a Cyber Crimes Unit, and initiated the Sexual Offender Watch Program. The Sheriff was also the driving force in the Office’s partnership with Help Them Call Home.org, an organization that collects used cell phones in exchange for calling cards for Military Personnel to call home to their loved ones.
    The Sheriff spends a great deal of time in the community which enables him to partner with the citizens to ensure a safe and secure community for all. Under Sheriff Borders’ leadership, the dedicated men and women of the Lake County Sheriff’s Office work diligently to best serve the citizens of our great community. Early on in Gary Borders career as sheriff he embarked on an illegal mission to arrest, detain and turn over Hispanics to ICE. That mission resulted in several lawsuits against the taxpayers of Lake County.

    Q: The scourge of substance abuse is reaching epidemic proportion in regards to prescription medication. What can you as Sheriff do to stop the abuse of prescription medications?

    Sheriff Gary Borders said:

    We have worked with the county to enact an ordinance placing a moratorium on future pain management clinics until the legislature can pass tougher laws and penalties for violators. We also have partnered with the Safe Climate Coalition of Lake County to have prescription lock boxes in our offices for people to dispose of their unused medication. Furthermore, our drug unit continues to aggressively seek out, identify, and apprehend those responsible for dealing these drugs in our communities.

    THE TRUTH-

    Would you please take the time to explain to everyone the “secure” method of disposal of the drugs that are collected in the Safe Climate Coalition of Lake County safes. Simply calling up the Waste management System folks is a large problem. There is no uniform disposal policy in place and some have insinuated some of these drugs might possible be going up Interstate 95 for profit!

    Q: Many believe intrapersonal and family relationships between a supervisor and subordinate employees undermine the effectiveness of most law enforcement agencies. Under your commands, do you allow such relationships to exist and what should be the guidelines to prevent conflicts?

    Sheriff Gary Borders said:

    While we do hire family members of current employees, no employee who is in a relationship with another employee may directly or indirectly supervise the significant other.

    THE TRUTH-

    Sheriff Gary Borders let us remind you you are an employee of the Lake County Sheriff’s Office as well. So your above statement applies equally to you! The smoke has cleared and all we have left now is the mirrors! Everyone knows that Sheriff Gary Borders and Corporal Scott Stone are an item and have been for the better part of three years now! Many people are witnesses to the overnight stays at Scott Stone’s free government rental home by Sheriff Borders at 23211 USDA Road. Likewise many witness the early morning coming home to North Dixie Av. in Howey-in-the-Hills to get ready to go to work. Not to mention the list of Gary Borders former boytoys and liabilities who remain employed at LCSO and receive their sweet deals because of their previous relationships with “the man.”

    That fact is indisputable and is once again in direct conflict with the truth! If Gary Borders’ above statement of “no employee who is in a relationship with another employee may directly or indirectly supervise the significant other” then, either Gary Borders needs to resign his position as sheriff immediately or he needs to terminate Scott Stone and possibly even some others immediately. Soured sexual relationships tend to cost the employing agency millions and millions of dollars. In this case Gary Borders might be the elected sheriff of Lake County but, his intrapersonal workplace homosexual relationships stand to cost we the taxpayers of Lake County millions of dollars.

    Therefore you are in violation of your own fantasy policy!

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