Name: Curtis R. Brame
Candidate For: Vance County Sheriff
Town of Residence: Henderson
Previous position(s) held: Deputy, Sergeant, Lieutenant Captain, Sheriff’s Command Staff, Personnel Board, Assistant to Administrative Captain
Degrees/Certifications Earned: Basic Law Enforcement Certified; Actively Sworn; 33 years of continued education
Endorsements: Vance County Sheriff Peter White
What motivated you to run for Vance County Sheriff?
I enjoy serving and protecting the citizens of Vance County. I’m tired of watching our citizens live in fear. I want the opportunity to restore some sense of security, ensure safety in our communities, schools, church and work.
What distinguishes you from other candidates?
Talking to people and being proactive is my character and keeps me in touch with the needs of our community. With 33 years as a law enforcement officer, I am confident in saying I am well trained and skilled, possess a strong work ethic and have an excellent work history. I believe in being fair and standing behind everything I do.
I’ve worked in every division through the Vance County Sheriff’s Office. I was hired as a deputy, later promoted to Sergeant, then Lieutenant, served as part of the Sheriff’s Command Staff and later retired with the rank of Captain. I believe in filling in the gap between law enforcement and the people we serve.
What do you believe is the single most important skill to possess in order to be a successful sheriff?
The ability to not only hear the concerns of the citizen but to also listen to what is important to them.
If elected, would you keep the Sheriff’s department moving along its current path or change the course?
As a new administrator, I would make some adjustments, modifications and do some re-organization.
What do you believe is the biggest concern facing Vance County today and what would you do as Sheriff to address that concern?
Narcotics/illegal and prescription drugs and illegal use of firearms; proactive stand, joint enforcement task force. I would like to see more drug and weapons-related cases tried at the Federal Court level for the convicted to receive longer and stiffer penalties.
We need more resources for individuals with addictions. We also need places to go and things for our children and teenagers to do for growth and recreational purposes. My plan is to also increase personnel to have more manpower in the department to provide adequate services for our citizens.
(The photo accompanying this article provided by Curtis R. Brame)
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