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Dear Friends,

Welcome to my website.

I have the honor and privilege to serve as your Sheriff, and during my time, the Sheriff’s Office has seen dramatic changes in law enforcement and our community.   Currently, we are in the midst of an opioid epidemic that is taking the lives of our loved ones each day, and to battle this epidemic I have implemented many innovative and award winning changes to the Erie County Sheriff’s Office.

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Under my leadership, I have assembled a command staff that shares my dedication to law enforcement and public service as well as sharing my vision of being innovative and delivering the best law enforcement services in Erie County.

With the proper resources, I have been able to transform the holding center and correctional facility to provide new inmate services.  These services include high school and college education programs, assisting the SPCA in training rescued dogs for adoption, created the Veterans Housing Unit, increased security measures and added new technologies that aide my officers and the inmates.  I have also created inmate vocational and rehabilitation programs that give back to our community and environment by cultivating new plants to beautify our county parks, clean up our waterways, maintain historical landmarks, and respond to communities affected by severe weather events.

Starting in January 2017, and with the endorsement of appointed medical professionals, my office has taken command of and responsibility for inmate health care.  At no time under my leadership, has the Division of Correctional Health been under the authority of the Erie County Sheriff’s Office.  However, through tremendous work by the jail management staff, my office has gained the confidence of medical professionals to direct inmate care.

It is through my leadership and my officers’ efforts that many of these programs have gained recognition and received awards from my law enforcement peers.

My other priority for the Erie County Sheriff’s Office is public safety, and that is why I have expanded the Narcotics Unit, added drug and alcohol interdiction road patrols, and increased training for our road patrol and special services unit members.

Last year, the County budget increased my Narcotics Unit by two positions and with those extra Deputies I am targeting drug dealers who are destroying our loved ones’ lives.  In the first quarter of 2017, the Sheriff’s Narcotics Unit averaged 4 drug-dealer raids per month which resulted in at least one arrest per raid.  While I remain committed to arresting the drug dealers, I realize the need to provide assistance to people looking to escape a drug addiction and that is why my office participates in the Opioid Epidemic Task Force and R.E.A.P.  The REAP initiative, Rapid Evaluation Appropriate Placement, provides addicts with a streamlined path towards treatment and rehabilitation with assurances the individual won’t get arrested because I believe treatment is as equally important as enforcement.

My office has also seen the implementation of new technology which provides citizens greater access to the Sheriff’s office with the Erie County Sheriff’s Mobile App.  With this mobile app, people can receive important alerts, look up inmate information, and send anonymous crime tips with their smart device.  I also implemented Warrant Wednesdays which utilizes social media to enlist the public’s help finding individuals with warrants and bring them to justice – my office is experiencing great success arresting wanted subjects.  With all these great, innovative, and award-winning programs and initiatives, your Erie County Sheriff’s Office is at the leading edge of law enforcement today and into the next decade.

Please keep checking with my website, Facebook page, and Twitter to see the great work my office does daily, to get the latest news about my campaign, and to sign up as a volunteer for my campaign.

Thank you for your support, and I am asking everyone for their vote this November.

Warmest regards,

Tim Howard
Sheriff of Erie County

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