I'd like to thank The People of Rapides Parish for the vote of confidence they gave the deputies of the Sheriff's Office yesterday. I don't often talk about local politics on this blog, because I work for the Sheriff and the proper place for those discussions should emanate from the Sheriff's Office.
However, this tax renewal was bigger than the politics. It was about funding the Sheriff's Office and the nameless, faceless deputies who toil every day in the public service. We work 24/7 to serve the people of the parish, and we never close. There is always someone around to answer the phone, to count offenders in the jail, to answer calls for service. Each of us toils daily on our shift to do what The People need us to do. The vast majority of us are faceless, out of the public view, trying every day to make sure that our streets and properties are safe and that The People can live their lives unmolested. We have families and lives ourselves and are simply trying to make it on a paycheck that is often stretched pretty tight.
So, when The People go to the polls and confidently pull the lever to help us do our jobs, we'd be remiss if we failed to say thanks.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart.