Campaign Platform 2018-02-17T21:17:42+00:00

James Mendrick: Platform

With over 21+ years experience, 33 year resident, the most complete and trusted candidate.

It’s the responsibility of any elected official to create fiscal savings to the taxpayers while simultaneously enhancing services. One area that this can be achieved is through the delivery of technology. Our current technology occupies a large space with physical hardware servers and infrastructure equipment. This is an expensive practice which requires ongoing maintenance and costly upgrades. I propose that we leverage more technology such as cloud based solutions to ensure we reduce our overall costs. This technology can be leased and provided through information technology companies at a fraction of the cost.

Many new services can be provided to DuPage County residents with app based technologies. For example, when a deputy arrives at a call for service, verbatim testimony can be recorded from victims, witnesses or suspects, and a scene can be recorded or photographed with tablet technology. As much as 40% of a deputy’s time can be consumed by report writing but with this style of reporting, not only is the report complete before leaving the scene, but has voice to diction translation for verbatim court testimony. This will greatly reduce overtime costs due to report writing while simultaneously freeing up deputy’s time so they can patrol neighborhoods. A Sheriff’s Office application will be created that will notify residents and businesses of significant events in their areas such as burglaries, road closures, missing people or crimes in progress. These notifications will be similar to a weather notification. A two-way portal within the app will allow citizens to deliver real time intelligence to the Sheriff’s Office simply by taking pictures or recording occurrences with their smartphones and sending them to us through the app. This will allow the people to directly show us what their observing and help them to be an important part of the public safety solution.

Criminal history and identification of suspects will be able to be run by simply placing their hand on the pad for verification of who they are. County wide citizen surveys will be delivered to smartphones so we can solicit from the people what services they want most from their Sheriff’s Office. Then when we budget for those services, I will create an on-line budget that citizens can access on the internet so they can see their taxpayer dollars are being used for the services that they desire. Again, anyone who takes on the mantle of public service needs to prove to the people that their taxpayer dollars will be spent wisely and their services will be enhanced.

  • Pad Technology – Law Enforcement version of a tablet
  • Instant Feedback from community  via surveys
  • Push Notifications To Citizens
  • Personnel Overtime Savings Thru Technology
  • Citizen Participation In Crime Prevention
  • Predictive Policing

Law Enforcement Cloud Technology

Public Safety, Not Politics!

I pledge to maintain a politically free environment within the DuPage County Sheriff’s Office. As an elected Sheriff, I will not accept any campaign donations from any DuPage County Sheriff’s Office employees. I pledge that hiring, transfers, promotions, pay increases and discipline will be administered with absolutely no political motivation. Public safety will be delivered to the citizens of DuPage County in a nonpartisan methodology.  I strongly believe in simply doing the right things for the right reasons and that ideology will be what guides my decisions as Sheriff of DuPage County.

Public Safety, Not Politics

InterGovernment Agreement

Teamwork and cost savings through intergovernmental agreements:

Many necessary tools we use in the realm of public safety are very costly. If the DuPage County Sheriff’s Office would liaison with the local municipalities, State Police and the collar counties to jointly purchase law enforcement and public safety equipment, the cost savings would be considerable. It’s team initiatives like this that can save significant taxpayer dollars while enhancing our ability to purchase better products.

  • Bulk Purchasing
  • Cost Sharing
  • Tax savings to municipal and county entities

Teamwork Achieves Success

Mental Health Initiatives

If elected Sheriff , I make the commitment for 100 percent of my deputies to be CIT (Crisis Intervention Training). The reason this is so important to me and so near dear to my heart is the most important thing about me is that I’m the father of an autistic son. That’s what drives me. My wife Cyndi, is a behavior health nurse at Good Samaritan Hospital, so we know the importance of treatment. Treatment is how everything gets fixed. It’s the only way, but to get treatment you have to know how to identify the symptoms. To identify the symptoms you have to have training and education. This CIT training is that training education. It’s essential. I believe that the entire paradigm of policing and public safety needs to change. I think we need to abandon the archaic practice of enforcement based policing and move to a community caretaking function as we move forward. Less traffic, more cops in neighborhoods helping the people making a difference.  I believe that drug use is a huge problem. I see it every day on the street. I think we need to do is start looking at things even in law enforcement as an intervention-based model instead of an enforcement based model. It is the only way we’re going to solve the problems. We need to be close to families gaining trust then we’ll find out whom the drug dealers. That’s where enforcement comes in. That’s what I strongly believe. The jails need to be depopulated the mental ill screened out. There is an osmotic assimilation of criminality when you put people that are mental ill near criminals surrounded by criminals. They should be screened out and then we should start with a diversionary program to where both police and corrections officers are both trained in CIT so you have two bites at the apple, to identify and screen before they end up in the jail. I think that’s critical. I think that CIT training can be implanted to 100 percent, there’s a way to do it economically. There called train the trainer courses. We should have a whole bunch of deputies trained as train the trainers proving the training to our own people building from within for free. That’s how you do it. That’s how you do it economically and it’s very rare when the right thing is the same as the economic thing. The good thing is to see the State’s Attorney, the Sheriff’s Office, local police departments, people like NAMI, PADS, DuPage United, everybody working together as a cohesive team because that doing it together will take care of the money the funding, but we need enough participants in place helping to get this done. And to finish you can see why this is so important to me. The most important thing to me is my little boy and what I would want, hope and pray for is that if he ever comes across police response I would want a trained office in CIT dealing with him because I want his symptoms identified. I would want him to be helped, treated not adjudicated. I’m not only asking for support for me I’m asking for support for a new paradigm in law enforcement and I believe the CIT training is going to get us there. This is the catalyst that will start it all.

 Mental Health Initiatives

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Diversity in the DuPage County Sheriff's Office:

The key to success with people is communication and cooperation. Real communication can only be achieved through empathy and understanding. That's why I feel it's so very important to bring diversity to the Sheriff's Office through aggressive recruiting efforts. I plan to recruit females, Hispanics, African Americans, Polish, Greek, foreign language speakers and any other demographic that is representative of the people of DuPage County. The methodology of these efforts are different for each community. Malcolm X College may be effective for African American recruitment while Telemundo will be more effective for Hispanics as the League of Women's Voters will garner more female applicants. Foreign language speakers can be recruited right out of college language classes. It's the duty of the Sheriff to understand the community he or she serves and to deliver public safety effectively to every component within. The practicality of this initiative serves the most basic instinct in human nature; we trust those most who are like us. A female during a police contact many times prefers to speak to a female deputy. People who have limited English skills seem relieved and many times happy when the deputy assisting them speaks their primary language. This will break down barriers between public safety and the citizens and create an environment of trust. A Sheriff's first duty by statute is to be a Peace Officer and peace is achieved through understanding.
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