Sunday, February 19, 2012

PATTERSON WANTS FOUR MORE YEARS AS SHERIFF

The first forum of the political primaries was conducted recently and incumbent sheriff Henry Patterson was there to make his case to the voters to give him four more years.

In the forum, Patterson explained he has 33 years at the Cleveland Police Department. He said that he started at the bottom and rose up from a Cleveland patrolman to assistant chief. As assistant chief of the Cleveland Police Department Patterson decided more of the focus of the Liberty County Sheriff’s Department needed to be on helping fight crime in the Cleveland area. With that in mind, Patterson ran and lost in the 2004 Democratic primary. With four more years experience in the Cleveland Police Department, Patterson decided to run again in 2008.

“I decided to run four years ago to improve on equal law enforcement throughout the county,” said Patterson. “It was selective and lacking on the north end.”

Patterson has now served as the Liberty county sheriff for 38 months. When each candidate was asked to identify their goals for the department for the next four years, Patterson said, “I’d like to continue the route we are on now”.

When challenged that the “route we are on now” is not all it has been cracked up to be, Patterson pointed to case clearance rates for his department. Patterson noted that the percentage of cleared cases in 2009 - 2011 were 34%, 40%, and 37% respectfully. When Patterson pointed out that those clearance numbers are calculated by the state and signed off on by Rick Perry, it was pointed out that the actual raw data comes from Henry Patterson and the LCSO. There are ways to improve a rating without actually solving a crime. Cases can be cleared by being dismissed or when people die.

When Patterson was challenged again on his decision to not utilize training opportunities for his deputies, he again refuted the charge. He claims his deputies were not under trained. He said that more than 50 percent of deputies have intermediate or advanced certifications in law enforcement. Patterson never addressed why the sheriff’s department, under his leadership no longer attends joint meetings and training with other law enforcement agencies.

"The one thing you have got out of me in the last three years is the best I have to offer,” said Patterson. “Our numbers are factual. We are working hard and arresting a lot of people. There are things we have no control over. If you want things the way they are, in control, I’m the person for the job.”

For more of the story see the Cleveland Advocate.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

So Patterson is telling us "this is as good as it gets under him"?

Anonymous said...

I appreciate Henry having more and more deputies up here.the rest of the county can see how it feels to be ignored like we were for years. Now Henry needs to show some leadership in the way he uses his deputies. Being here and chasing bad guys is not enough.

Anonymous said...

I agree with the last post but henry has no concept of proactive law enforcement or working with others. If the head man doesn't cut you loose and point you in that direction, you really can't do it.

Anonymous said...

Patterson would be smart to skip forums. He got whooped at a forum that was set up to help him. No wonder we rarely hear from him.No wonder Steve Green and Rex Evans talk for him.

Anonymous said...

I was never impressed with Henry Patterson in the CPD. He and harry Kelly were kind of creepy if you ask me.

Anonymous said...

Him saying its as good as it gets under him makes me want to throw-up.

Anonymous said...

Terri Fairchild for Sheriff!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Well Henry, you put your foot right square in your mouth again on that forum.

Anonymous said...

Read, Patterson's testimony, in the Kelly trial, when grilled by federal prosecutors. His answer of a man that was Sheriff in this county was a disgrace, and very embarrassing to anyone, with a high school education. Henry sounded like an absolute idiot and knew no regulations or even his own policy book. Vote for
Patterson and you deserve him, for 4 years, with Evans and Guthrie, who is campaigning for Harris County Sheriff a hurdle he will never clear.

Anonymous said...

I would just like to point out that I attend several of the local fire station and association meetings and I have never seen Patterson are Cooper at any of them but the one person who does show up is Evans. He is coming out and doing what he can under the reign of Patterson. I am disgusted to here is name along side Guthrie !! Where is this man everyday ?? He is a deputy but yet is never on patrol and the only time I see him is on the internet running his campaign for Harris County, people we are paying this man while he is running for office in another county, what is right about that ?? I was there at the forum and Patterson made an ass of himself. I agree that he should just bow out of this race, he is never going to win, everytime he opens his mouth he just proves to us all that he has no idea what is happening in his department.