Submitted by Terry Box
Candidate Name: Terry Box
Position Running For: Re-election for Sheriff
City of Residence: McKinney
1. What makes you the most qualified candidate?
- Over 6,000 hours in Law Enforcement training
- McKinney Police Department from 1968 – 1971
- Plano Police Department from 1971- 1981
- Collin County Sheriff’s Office from 1981 to present
- 1985 One of 40 Sheriff’s chosen nationwide to attend the F.B.I.’s National Sheriff’s Academy – Graduated Vice President of the Class
- Holds a Master Peace Officer Certificate from the State of Texas
- President 2001- 2002 of the Sheriff’s Association of Texas.
- Appointed by Governor Bush to the Texas Commission on Jail Standards Board in 1997 served as Vice Chairman and Chairman
- 27 years as Sheriff, 43 years in Law Enforcement
2a. What are 1-3 issues the you feel we must prepare for as Collin County continues to grow in population? (In no certain order)
1. Long range planning for detention.
2. Providing law enforcement services to the rural area currently approximately 60,000 citizens spread across 900 sq miles of Collin County in a timely manner.
3. Incorporate the latest technology to help with crime prevention so the citizens can better communicate with law enforcement.
2b. What specific plans do you have to address these issues?
We have a long range plan that we implemented several years ago and this has been our guideline while working together with the Criminal Courts and the Commissioners Court here in Collin County. We are often times example to other Counties when it comes to long range planning for detention. The Sheriff’s Office, District Attorney Office, and the Criminal Court system and Commissioners Court constantly work hand in hand to make sure your tax dollars are spent wisely.
We have just added three patrol deputies this budget year and as soon as they are released from training, we will be considering implementing 10 hour shifts. This will let us have overlapping shifts during the peak hours of the day to better serve our citizens.
Technology helps us fight crime in today’s world. Law enforcement must stay on top of the technology and the Sherriff’s Office has developed a smart phone app called Tips411 we just rolled this out in the last few week where citizens can text the Sheriff’s Office and give anonymous tips to our investigators. CitizenObserver, on our website, is where we can create a stronger community by signing up to receive Citizen, Business and Neighborhood alerts. This is a secure communication site between the public and local law enforcement.
3. Why do you want to have this position?
It has been an honor to serve in this position for the past 27 years and I believe we have the finest Sheriff’s Office in the State. I truly enjoy what I do and I believe we have a team of professionals that provide law enforcement services to the citizens of this county. I am a conservative and I know in the future we must continue to learn to do more with less. We live in a county that provides wonderful services to our citizens with a very low county tax rate and I feel the Sheriff’s Office, and the way it is operated, contributes to that and our overall quality of life in Collin County.
4. How long have you been working in this arena?
- 43 years in law enforcement in Collin County.
- 1968 McKinney Police at age 18 as a dispatcher
- 1971 Plano Police patrol office, patrol Sgt., criminal investigation Sgt.
- 1981 Collin County Sheriff’s Office, Lieutenant, Chief Deputy.
- 1985 Collin County Sheriff’s Office, Sheriff till present (27 years).
5. What do you want citizens to know before voting for Collin County Sherriff?
A Sheriff wears many hats in today’s society. The Sheriff has to be a person that knows the law and how to enforce it. The Sheriff has to an administrator that works with all other offices in County government, the Sheriff has to know how to prepare and work within a budget approved by the commissioner’s court. The Sheriff has to be a counselor for employees and for working out problems with public. The Sheriff has to be someone that will always do the right thing no questions asked. I believe you, the citizens for Collin County, can say that I have always tried to do the right thing. I believe all the citizens can be proud of the men and women of their Collin County Sheriff’s Office. Early voting starts May 14th and election day is May 29th. Please vote for me and I will do my best to continue to make the citizens proud of their Sheriff and Sheriff’ office.