Sheriff candidate Dave Myers pledges greater response to community issues

Sheriff’s commander Dave Myers is the only candidate challenging Sheriff Bill Gore in the primary election coming up in June.

Myers is a 32-year veteran of the Sheriff’s Department and is currently a Sheriff’s Commander. He is also an elected Trustee on the San Diego County Employees’ Retirement Association and Vice-Chair of the County’s LGBT and Allies Group.

Myers says San Diego County residents are concerned about the department’s “lack of responsiveness to community issues.” These issues include a failure to implement body cameras, the growing opioid problem, lack of transparency on deaths and inmate violence in county jails, and hundreds of rape kits left untested.

“I see a need to reinvigorate that conversation with the community about trust,” Myers said, citing the recent arraignment of Deputy Richard Fischer on allegations of sexual assault.

He also says residents perceive biased policing with communities of color and LGBT residents. In an interview on Good Morning San Diego, Myers said community policing efforts should be strengthened.

“Community-based policing, or what I like to call neighborhood policing, is just getting out and talking to people…we’ve kind of gotten away from that,” Myers said. “Law enforcement started with the idea of being preventative – stopping crimes – and not reactive.”

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