Snyder cites substance abuse as the major factor behind most of the recent crime in Decatur County.
“The drug problem [in Decatur County] is the underlying element behind all the other crimes – burglaries, thefts, etc.,” Snyder said. “Pretty much everything leads back to that.”
The candidate added that he would like to see his department increase pressure on substance-abuse related crimes by adding a full-time narcotics investigation division to the DCSD.
“I’d like to have the Sheriff’s Department have more involvement in the county’s drug busts and investigations,” Snyder said.
The candidate mentioned his goal of better collaboration among all emergency agencies in the county as one of his top priorities should he be elected this fall.
“I want to build strong relationships with other emergency agencies within the county, including the volunteer fire services, EMS, marshals departments and DCS,” Snyder mentioned.
That collaborative effort, Snyder explained, extends also to community members. Snyder said the residents of Decatur County will always be an invaluable source in aiding police investigations.
“The citizens that bring us information to solve more crimes are witnesses, and we count on them for that information,” Snyder said. He added that those community “eyes” and “ears” can feel comfortable in talking with local authorities about their concerns.
“As sheriff, I want them [the general public] to know that they can come to us at any time,” Snyder said. “I’ll not only listen to what they’re saying, but let them know we’ll do something about it.”
Snyder said the reaction to his announcement has been well-received thus far. He’s added a Facebook page as well as a website at stevesnyderforsheriff.com. The support has been welcome for the Republican candidate.
“It feels pretty good to have people come up to me almost on a daily basis,” Snyder told the Daily News this week. “Even before I announced, some people asked if I was going to run [for sheriff]. I wouldn’t run without having a lot of support behind me.”