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Republican Lawrence County Sheriff Candidate Greg Day Responds to Subscribers Questions

LAWRENCE COUNTY - (March 17, 2022) - The Lawrence County Zephyr requested subscribers to submit questions to the Republican Lawrence County Sheriff's candidates. A total of four questions were asked to both candidates.


Two candidates are seeking the Republican nomination for Lawrence County Sheriff.


Because the Libertarian candidate Darin Kinser already has won his party nomination, Lawrence County Zephyr will seek information on his platform in November.



Indiana State Police Sgt. Greg Day is seeking the Republican nomination for Lawrence County Sheriff


This is Indiana State Police Sgt. Greg Day's response to the four questions.


What are your qualifications do you have to be the next Lawrence County Sheriff?

Simply stated, I have the experience, proven leadership abilities, decision making skills, unparalleled work ethic, close working relationships, and quality track record needed to lead the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department in the direction our citizens deserve. I am a fresh perspective who can bring successful ideas and programs from many areas, to make LCPD as efficient and effective as it’s ever been. I am not set on the mentality of “this is how we’ve always done it.”


I graduated in the top 10 of the BNL class of 1992. I then graduated cum laude from Indiana State University with a degree in education. I have been a church elder for the past six years, where I have created and oversaw a large budget.

I began my law enforcement career at the Lawrence County Jail, working there for two years from January 1997 to January 1999. I spent over a year of that as the jail commander where I oversaw the day-to-day operations of the facility, supervised all jail employees, ensured the well-being of the inmates, helped set policy and procedures, handled disciplinary issues, upgraded technology that enhanced inmate safety, oversaw commissary, and was responsible for handling all commissary and cash bond money that flowed through the facility in those years.

I attended and graduated the Indiana State Police academy in 1999. I have been an Indiana State Trooper for 23 years, where I have set the standard for work ethic and getting quality results for you. I was promoted to squad sergeant in 2011, where I am still serving today. In 2016, I created the Bloomington District ACES and have supervised this very successful team since then. The success of that team has led to ISP starting the same kind of team at every district in the state. During my time with ISP, I have served as a certified crash reconstructionist, field training officer, and a member of the Tactical intervention Platoon. My current job is primarily administrative in nature, but due to my leadership style, I am still out working investigations, solving burglaries/thefts, and arresting drug dealers with my troopers as often as I can. Even though I lead from the front, my behind-the-scenes administrative

duties include supervising employees, completing evaluations, reviewing all work products generated by the squad, making decisions as part of the district’s command staff, completing duties as the acting post commander, and the list goes on and on.


I graduated from the Indiana State Police Leadership School in 2011 and have completed dozens of specialized trainings in various areas such as child sexual crime investigations, suspect interrogation and interviews, crash investigations (including the 6-week intensive reconstruction school), OWI enforcement, drug interdiction, human trafficking, leadership, and supervision. In 2017 and 2018, I was an instructor at the Indiana State Police Leadership School, after being asked to develop, plan, and teach a class on “Leadership During Times of Crisis”. I am proud of the fact that my leadership skills were recognized to the point of being tasked with developing this class. I have also helped develop OWI enforcement training, crash investigation refresher training, and I have taught crash investigations at the

IU police academy.


During my tenure with ISP, I have won been honored to receive multiple awards. These include being a seven-time recipient of the District Trooper of the Year, five-time winner of the Bedford Exchange Club Officer of the Year, 2017 winner of the Monroe County Northside Exchange Club Officer of the Year, ISP Life Award, three-time recipient of the JD Maxwell Mothers Against Drunk Driving award, Indiana State Police Meritorious Service winner, and six-time winner of the ISP District OWI enforcement


What are the three leading law enforcement concerns of Lawrence County?


One of the largest concerns we face in Lawrence County is drug dealing enforcement and addiction. We will focus on the detection and apprehension of drug dealers. There is no question that drug use and addiction is the root cause of the vast majority of all problems, both socially and criminally. Thefts and burglaries are committed by addicts trying to pay for their habit. Kids are neglected and abused when drugs consume the lives of their parents. Domestic violence, violent crimes (two recent shootings and a carjacking as examples), and many other crimes all stem from drug addiction. Those who deal methamphetamine, heroin, and fentanyl are preying on those suffering with addiction. We all know family, friends, or neighbors that have been affected by this scourge. Overdose deaths are out of control. In fact, fentanyl overdoses have become the leading cause of death for 18–45-year-olds in the

United States. We must stop these “peddlers of destruction” from distributing their poison. I am the only candidate who has experience battling this problem. My team, the ACES, and I have put countless large-scale dealers in prison. I will bring my experience to LCPD, so that we can wage an all-out battle against those bringing these drugs into our community.

I will ensure LCPD has a full-time drug investigator, who will work closely with drug investigators from other departments. I have those connections already in place. One officer and one department cannot be successful alone. Our officers will be trained to identify criminal indicators and will be pro-active in identifying the criminal element. The model that I have used for the past five years has proven effective – uniformed officers being in tune to identifying criminal activity and working hand in hand with drug investigators to take down the dealers.

In addition, we cannot forget about those struggling with addiction issues. Enforcement of drug possession is obviously necessary, often just to get the addict on the path of getting the help they need.

However, we also need first time offender treatment programs in the community and drug treatment programs in the jail to get offenders started on the path to recovery faster. Our officers will be familiar with the different treatment facility options available in our area, and that information will be supplied to those who need it. We will also facilitate ways for those with addiction problems to be a part of the overall solution by cooperating with police on investigating the real problems – the dealers. This would not be a get out of jail free card or a revolving door where the same people take advantage of the system, but instead a chance to make a difference while being held accountable to reach certain

“benchmarks” with drug treatment.

A second large concern is school safety. Our children are our most precious commodity. We want to help ensure the safety and security of our youth by actively working with our schools. Communication between LCPD and the schools will be improved. I have established relationships with the school system and administrators. We will continue to have officers in our schools and have an active reserve deputy program to help with athletic events. In addition, I would like to work with the school system and help

develop a plan to have a school safety specialist, who would oversee safety plans, drills, and trainings at all schools. I want to help coordinate training with all the local police agencies to prepare for major incidents in our schools. In the tragic event that something happens in our schools, officers from every department will respond. Let’s train the way we will actually respond in a real event.

With my wife as a teacher in NLCS, I have a vested interest in accomplishing more as it relates to school safety. I know, from many conversations with teachers, that overall safety is lacking. I want to help be part of that solution. I have previously been a squad sergeant in charge of Morgan County, which is where Mooresville School system is located. They are a premier school in the state as it relates to school safety initiatives. I worked closely with their safety specialist and took part in many activities. I can bring that experience and those ideas to help our schools work toward becoming safer and more secure. We can’t catch up overnight, but we must start moving in that direction before something tragic happens here. Communication is where it all begins. The third issue/concern that must be addressed is the lack of communication and cooperation between agencies. I have always worked extremely close with members of other departments, and I continue to do so in my current capacity. We are better as a profession, and as a community, when we work together. We will work closely with other law enforcement agencies. We will have better communication and working relationships with both paid and volunteer fire departments. I want to establish a Major Crimes Response Team, which would bring the knowledge, skills, experience, and

expertise from multiple agencies together to get resolution for the community and the victim. It is past time to put aside egos and our “we can do it alone” attitudes and actually put our citizens first with the most effective law enforcement tactics possible.


How will your administration oversee the operation of the Lawrence County Jail?


As I stated earlier, unlike any other candidate, I have worked in the Lawrence County Jail. In fact, I was the Jail Commander before joining the Indiana State Police. I have experience running all aspects of the facility. I am proud of the fact that under my leadership, technology was installed that improved the safety of the inmates while ensuring documentation that jail staff was completing the statutory requirements of supervision. At some point after I left, this technology was never updated and was allowed to no longer be in use. After multiple incidents in a short period of time last year, similar technology is again being used in the jail. I was literally 2 decades ahead in jail safety and protection of

taxpayer dollars.


We will ensure that policies and procedures are updated to ensure the safest possible environment for both inmates and jail staff. We will then make sure those policies are followed. We will pursue grants and other funding opportunities, while also being good stewards of tax dollars.

The jail presents challenges and is, no doubt, the source of where a huge amount of a Sheriff’s time and attention is focused. I am ready to accept that challenge and use my experience to operate the jail with efficiency, care, and safety.


How will policing look like in Lawrence County under your

administration?


The safety and security of our citizens will be our number one goal. All that we do will be focused on putting our law-abiding citizens first. I am a firm believer that hard work combined with quality efforts will generate positive results for you. We want to detect and apprehend the criminal element before they create harm to others. We will be pro-active as opposed to reactive. When we just sit around and wait for calls or crimes, we are always behind the criminals. I don’t like being behind.

The best way to reduce crime is to prevent it from happening in the first place. Our citizens deserve the greatest level of protection we can possibly give them. Don’t get me wrong, being pro-active does not mean we are stopping a ton of vehicles or writing tickets. What I do mean is that we will actively seek out the criminal element, trying to stop them from wreaking havoc in our community. We will utilize technology and crime analysis to see where the current crime “hot spots” are and will direct our resources to that area.

I want officers out doing their jobs. Yes, we will continue to respond to calls for service and do the absolute best job possible. However, we will not accept the mindset of “I just want to take my calls and go home.” Instead, officers will be expected to demonstrate a high work ethic and do all they can to make a positive difference in our community. Investigations will be done thoroughly and with quality.


At this time you can address the Lawrence County residents about yourself or other information you want Lawrence County residents to know!


I am asking our residents to understand what this election is about. It is about choosing the candidate who can best lead LCPD in a direction that puts you first. This election is about who has the proven track record of getting positive results that make our community safer. Who has the work ethic, decision making, experience, leadership, and expertise to change an entire culture and turn LCPD into a department that works for you? Who do you trust to ultimately oversee any investigation where you or your family is a victim? Please do your research and make an informed decision.

Check out my website, “Dayforlawrencecountysheriff.com”, follow my Facebook or Instagram pages “Day for Lawrence County Sheriff”, or email questions to Day4lawrencecountysheriff@gmail.com. You can learn about my foundational pillars of accountability, professionalism, quality, work ethic, and cooperation. All we do will be built on those core principles. You can also get more information about my experience and qualifications, more details on our priorities and vision, and learn about me. You will

see that I am a proud, conservative republican and life-long resident of Lawrence County. With the exception of the Bible, I think the Constitution is the greatest document ever written, so rest assured that I will uphold it. I love my country and my county. I want to make a positive difference in our community and affect positive change that will improve the lives of all. With your help, we can accomplish truly great things.


Lawrence County Chief Deputy Gregg Taylor response to the same questions can be found in another story.



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