Soon-to-be Smith County Sheriff talks plans for the future - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Soon-to-be Smith County Sheriff talks plans for the future

SMITH COUNTY, TX (KLTV) -

In four days, Sheriff-elect Larry Smith will be taking office. He'll be the first new sheriff Smith County has seen in 36 years, as Sheriff J.B. Smith goes into retirement.
   

Larry Smith says a number of changes are in order for the Smith County Sheriff's Office.
Some of them, he describes as any good department's foundation, like communication and patrol. Next year, county-wide, the number of deputies on the streets is set to triple.

"You can do proactive law enforcement if you can put 12 men and women out there in patrol cars during a 12 hour shift," Smith says.

Smith says those deputies will stop serving civil process papers and that'll give them more time to be proactive instead of reactive when it comes to crime in the county. Soon, Smith says, they'll no longer have to fill up at the county's gas station. He expects that to save time and money while on patrol.

"We're still using that $3.67 gas at the bulk fuel tank when we could be using [cheaper gas,]" Smith says.

Smith's Office of Professional Responsibility will oversee hiring, promotions, and internal investigations to ensure fairness within the department.

"We want to have consistency and make sure we're not utilizing the 'good ole boy system' of promotions or of who we're hiring," Smith says.

Smith says one of the worst things for morale is not treating people equally.

"Regardless of who it is, everyone needs to be treated the same. We don't need to play favorites or anything like that," he says.

A chaplain program, lead by Green Acres Baptist Church Dr. David Dykes, will be put in place to provide employees support and counseling for any job or family related hardships.

"One of the world's worst people to deal with [hardships]... that say they don't need help, they can handle all of this, is law enforcement. That's the farthest thing from the truth," Smith says.

With just days left until he's sworn into office one Sheriff Smith is sending well wishes and thanks to the other.

"Sheriff [J.B.] Smith has been very generous in this transition. He has been very helpful and I appreciate the service he has provided the citizens of Smith County for 36 years and I hope he has a great retirement," says Larry Smith.

Smith says other plans like housing federal inmates in the new jail for a profit and implementing an aggressive drug enforcement program are also in the works.

Larry Smith will be sworn into office on Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the Smith County Courthouse.

Copyright 2012 KLTV. All rights reserved.

  • Local News on KCBD.comNewsMore>>

  • 4 dead in Waffle House shooting in Tennessee; suspect sought

    4 dead in Waffle House shooting in Tennessee; suspect sought

    Sunday, April 22 2018 8:34 AM EDT2018-04-22 12:34:45 GMT
    Sunday, April 22 2018 11:56 PM EDT2018-04-23 03:56:40 GMT
    A customer at the restaurant took the gun from the suspect, who then took off his coat and fled the area. (Source: CNN)A customer at the restaurant took the gun from the suspect, who then took off his coat and fled the area. (Source: CNN)
    Police in Tennessee say three people were killed and four were injured in a shooting at a Waffle House restaurant early Sunday. (Source: CNN)Police in Tennessee say three people were killed and four were injured in a shooting at a Waffle House restaurant early Sunday. (Source: CNN)

    A customer at the restaurant took the gun from the suspect, who then took off his coat and fled the area. 

    A customer at the restaurant took the gun from the suspect, who then took off his coat and fled the area. 

  • Waffle House shooting victims: DeEbony Groves, 21, was 'full of immense potential'

    Waffle House shooting victims: DeEbony Groves, 21, was 'full of immense potential'

    Sunday, April 22 2018 11:48 PM EDT2018-04-23 03:48:36 GMT
    Sunday, April 22 2018 11:48 PM EDT2018-04-23 03:48:36 GMT
    DeEbony Groves majored in social work at Belmont University. (Source: Belmont University/CNN)DeEbony Groves majored in social work at Belmont University. (Source: Belmont University/CNN)

    Groves was a senior at Belmont, where she majored in social work, and her death left the school "shocked and devastated" its president said. 

    Groves was a senior at Belmont, where she majored in social work, and her death left the school "shocked and devastated" its president said. 

  • Macron to push Trump on Iran deal, says there's no 'Plan B'

    Macron to push Trump on Iran deal, says there's no 'Plan B'

    Sunday, April 22 2018 11:04 AM EDT2018-04-22 15:04:45 GMT
    Sunday, April 22 2018 11:47 PM EDT2018-04-23 03:47:27 GMT
    (AP Photo/Michel Euler). France's President Emmanuel Macron walks out of the lobby of the Elysee Palace in Paris, Friday, April 20, 2018, to welcome Senegalese President Macky Sall. Senegalese President Macky Sall is in France for a five-day visit.(AP Photo/Michel Euler). France's President Emmanuel Macron walks out of the lobby of the Elysee Palace in Paris, Friday, April 20, 2018, to welcome Senegalese President Macky Sall. Senegalese President Macky Sall is in France for a five-day visit.

    French President Emmanuel Macron is urging U.S. President Donald Trump to stick with the Iranian nuclear accord, arguing that there's no "Plan B".

    French President Emmanuel Macron is urging U.S. President Donald Trump to stick with the Iranian nuclear accord, arguing that there's no "Plan B".

Powered by Frankly