I penned this letter to each of you, sworn and non-sworn, across the entire organization as a way of introducing myself to you and your families, and to offer insight into my leadership goals. If elected Sheriff, I will become accountable for decisions on training, policies, discipline, hiring, firing, and much more. Determining what is best for the organization, its employees, and the public is a tremendous responsibility in which we will become partners.
I am campaigning to become the leader of an organization for which I have never worked. Large public agencies and corporations often go outside for a chief executive, to empower innovative thought and eliminate preferential cultures where “good ole’ boys” may reign. I will foster your ideas and maintain things that already work. If it’s not broken we won’t fix it.
More new ideas reside in you than in me. You have subject-matter experts in many disciplines and truly brilliant staff across the breadth of public safety issues. I won’t marginalize anyone or surround myself with a group of like-minded people. Instead, I will remain accessible to you and receptive to your input. My job is to unleash the power of our ideas collectively.
I will do everything in my power to make your job safer. I will work with the leaders of your unions to create a mutual sense of trust and respect. I will ensure negotiations and collective bargaining are approached with the best spirit of improving the agency and lives of our employees, mindful of community needs.
As Sheriff I will be a relationship and coalition builder, never an isolationist. The Sheriff’s communication skills and interpersonal relationships with you, the public, and elected officials are extremely important to your needs as well as our community’s security. I will be personally active in presenting all facets of Department operations to a community looking for leadership. Clark County deserves a trustworthy, transparent, strong leader, unafraid of tough questions. I will deliver good and bad news in person, with an open mind to criticism and debate over Department decisions and actions.
As a leader in Nevada law enforcement I have been successful in budget battles, obtaining grants, and negotiations for a stronger public safety community. In budget negotiations, lobbying, and all else done on behalf of Clark County, we will work together to achieve common goals. We will resolve internal disagreements in a cordial and balanced manner.
A Sheriff is more than a law enforcement officer commanding a police force. He or she should be a leader in political circles. The community must know it can rely on LVMPD for input on things that affect them every day, like the safety of their children, changes in the law that make everyone safer in public places, and virtually anything else that has a public safety aspect.
LVMPD is the lead law enforcement agency in Clark County, managing most of the Federal criminal justice funding in Southern Nevada, contributing the most resources to joint task forces, managing the bulk of the immediate response capabilities, running the largest jail system, and much more. Because of the massive investment in public safety assets and high profile the job entails, citizens want a Sheriff who is the established authority on public safety. With your help, I will fulfill that requirement.
The outstanding work you do every day is recognized by the community. Unfortunately, your successes get lost when people are struggling to find answers regarding their safety. Citizens deserve a higher level of transparency, beneficial to them and the organization. I’ll put issues of the past behind us by working with the community to regain lost trust.
The public reputation of LVMPD suffers from poor media relations and command level communication. It was critically damaged in the wake of the October 1st tragedy, even though each of you performed heroically. My years of communication with the media and Nevada leadership places me in the unique position to reboot that relationship. I will dispel prevailing apprehension and return the respect your courageous work deserves.
I am a collaborative leader. I know you work best when you are listened to and empowered. I disdain micro-management. You deserve to be allowed to exercise your discretionary responsibilities in ways that make people feel safer, not to meet a stat goal.
You should never be judged by the number of tickets you write, or the misdemeanor arrests you make. Instead we should measure success by the satisfaction level of the people we serve. If they feel safe, we are bettering their lives. Crime fighters yes, but protectors foremost.
I was a Marine for twenty years and a police officer for twenty-two years. Seventeen of those years here in the Las Vegas valley. I’ve guarded Nuclear weapons, worked with the State Department, CIA, FBI, DOD, DEA, Secret Service, U.S. Marshals, etc., in the protection of U.S. Embassies, Presidents, former Presidents, Presidential candidates, Congressional Delegations, High level officials from the U.S., its allies, and various other assignments giving me critical experience in fighting terrorism and crime
I will stand accountable to the public for the actions of everyone in the Agency and in turn hold each of you accountable to foster a professional culture where the law and policies are followed to their full extent. Implementing accountability from the newest hire to the most senior commander will restore the legitimacy of the Agency.
Accepting a leader from outside is a leap of faith. As Sheriff I will NEVER look at who supported me or donated to another candidate. I sincerely want your support and if I don’t earn it during the campaign, I will strive to earn it beginning January 7, 2019. I will spend every day as Sheriff working to gain and maintain your trust.
Tim Bedwell, Lt. NLVPD Ret., Gysgt USMC Ret., MSCJ Kaplan University, BSCJ University of Phoenix