Sheriff Joe DiSalvo – Compassion in Law Enforcement

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Today I had the pleasure and opportunity to go to the Aspen Business Luncheon with featured speaker, Sheriff Joe DiSalvo.  This was one of the most refreshing experiences I have had – hearing an elected official speak to the people in the room, letting them know that he does “work for them”, wants to “hear from them”, and is dedicated to their safety and security by protecting their constitutional rights.

 

Sheriff DiSalvo said that the focus of hiring and interacting with his deputies is to find “excellent human beings”.  Not necessarily people who “want to be cops”.  Wow.  This is really the meaning of law enforcement – to protect good people – not necessarily to police everyone with an authoritarian hand – to scare people – and to intimidate people.  His focus is on finding people who want to serve the community – in many more ways than just policing the streets – in also being good neighbors.  Officials that people can count on to help them in a time of need – even if their plumbing goes haywire.

 

When Sheriff DiSalvo talked about Amendment 64 in Colorado (“legalization” of marijuana), he said that he does have several local initiatives aimed at educating young people about the use and abuse of this substance.  He is okay with the “legalization” of this substance because it helps get rid of the more violent and dangerous black market.  He also made it clear that it is primarily the parent’s responsibility – not government’s – to raise their children.  He said, ‘If you trust the government to raise your kids, they’ll let you down…”.  Wow – a government official who understands what the real role of government is – how refreshing.

 

The only point he made, that I disagreed on, was not signing on with the other 54 sheriffs in Colorado who are suing about the State legislation that passed that makes it “illegal” (as if criminals ever follow the law) to purchase weapons with more than 15 rounds of ammunition.   Legislation does not prevent violent crime – that is up to the morals of the people.  I am against the State legislation (House Bill 1224) and would want my sheriff to be as well, because, yes, although it does not seem like any person in their “right mind” would ever “need” more than 15 rounds of ammunition for self-defense – if we have a police force, government officials, and the military with these types of weapons, then why shouldn’t  individuals deserve to have them too?  Because we have to be able to protect ourself against all enemies – including those that may work for the government (working for the government, does not automatically mean that someone is a good, moral, or just person).  So, if the police officers, government officials, and the military don’t have weapons with 15 or more rounds – I am okay with not having them either.  I believe in equality of self-defense.   I just don’t’ think that this is a compromise that will happen anytime soon.

 

Sheriff DiSalvo is running for re-election next year, and I am going to be excited to support him because I think his philosophy of what the role of Sheriff is – being compassionate, serving those in need, fostering peace, and understanding the role and limitations of government – is exactly what we need in Pitkin County, Colorado, and the United States.

 

– Tisha Casida

Peace Officer Vs. Police Officer

The President and the Sheriffs are the executors of the law.  The President signs in laws with his or her pen, and the Sheriffs are the law enforcement body charged with upholding the Constitution and arresting individuals who are outside of “the law” – or more importantly – outside of the Constitution.

 

But what happens when statutory laws interfere with one’s natural, and individual rights?  What happens when statutory laws erode your property rights and eliminate the First, Second, and Fourth Amendments to the Constitution?

 

At one point in time, the point of having law enforcement, was to protect one’s property and one’s property rights.  That includes life and limb – your body and your life are property.  But there has been a severe erosion of this concept, as we have more and more agencies, especially at the federal level of government, that seek to take and re-distribute your property and wealth.  When law enforcement is used to erode your property, there is a problem.

 

We have a problem.  Why is law enforcement being used to levy fines versus having law enforcement to protect people’s lives and property?

 

Speeding tickets, parking tickets, tickets for proof of insurance, tickets for expired license plates, tickets for emissions – all of these are examples of law enforcement’s authority and power being used to levy fees and fines (revenue generation for the government) versus to protect people’s property.

 

The great news is, since sheriffs are a part of the executive branch of government, and executors of the law – they can be petitioned by people living in their county to stand up and protect people’s property and individual, constitutional rights.  The county sheriff can be petitioned to protect the Constitutional law instead of the statutory law (because there is a difference).  The county sheriff can nullify statutory law that erodes property rights, and the county sheriff can even stop unconstitutional federal agencies if they come to indefinitely detain an individual who they deem a threat.

 

The word “sheriff” comes from “shire”, meaning county and “reeve” meaning representative.  During the 11th century, the King of England would appoint a reeve for the shire to keep the peace in the county.  Today, the shire-reeve, or sheriff, is charged with the same task.  Sheriffs are popularly elected (unlike the Presidency with the corrupt electoral system), so it is really up to the people who their local executor of the law is.   And it is up to the people to elect a sheriff and representatives who are more concerned with keeping the peace, versus using the heavy hand of the law to raise revenue.

 

There’s always a solution, and it is usually always local.  So let’s start there, with our county sheriffs, to protect and defend our individual, natural rights and our property and wealth that we work so hard for.  It is up to us to elect peace officers instead of police officers.

You can purchase my set of Pamphlets, that includes a Pamphlet on “The Role of the County Sheriff” here!

– Tisha T. Casida

Public Servants – To Serve & Protect

Sometimes I feel like a criminal. Sometimes I get parking tickets for somewhat exorbitant amounts of money (at least they add up), and sometimes I get pulled over to make sure I have my papers – license and registration. Being on the road so much, it is also very easy to see that many others are subjected to these checks – to these methods of revenue-generation.

Our police force, sheriffs, and state patrol are a group of men and women who are charged with (swearing an oath upon) some means of serving and protecting the people who they live amongst. Unfortunately, it oftentimes seems like their purpose is to write as many tickets as they can for as many statutory (not constitutional) laws that are created at a local, state, and federal level. It is more about revenue-generation that serving and protecting.

More than once I have seen a law enforcement officer speed by someone on the side of the road who is obviously having a problem to go and write a ticket to someone else. Maybe the ticket is for speeding, for not wearing a seat belt, for expired tags, for a burnt-out headlight, for no insurance – but whatever the reason, it is not to “serve and protect” – it is to generate revenue. Yeah, maybe if the person is going 20 MPH over the speed limit – they may be endangering others, but how often does that happen? Most of the time, people get pulled over and written tickets for crimes that are by no means crimes. We are not criminals, and it is a shame that we are starting to feel that way.

I had a very pleasant experience one time with an officer who really was trying to “serve and protect”. My infraction was minor, he was kind and courteous, and just warned me that others in his field may not be so kind. For the first time I did not feel intimidated by the law (as well as I shouldn’t because I am not a criminal), but I actually wanted to participate in the process. To serve and protect – why is that not painted on our law enforcement vehicles anymore? And I mean OUR vehicles – it is our taxpayer money that pays for those police cars, and pays for the salaries of the law enforcement officers. They are OUR public servants – and should be serving us by protecting us from real criminals – from people who threaten the life and limb of the American public.

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