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Saturday, May 2, 2015

Doug Baldwin Sr., GOP candidate for Sheriff, Vision for Change

On May 2, 2015, at a gathering of about 30 residents of Escambia County, Mr. Doug Baldwin, Sr., a Republican candidate for Sheriff with 35-years of experience in law enforcement as a well-known and trusted member of the Pensacola Police Department, responded to questions from the residents.

In the question-and-answer exchanges, which he termed part of his "listening tour" of all communities in Escambia County, his vision for the Sheriff's Office emerged.  Called SAFE or Strategic Alliances to Foster Engagement, the aim of Mr. Doug Baldwin is build strong relationships with all residents and organizations in the county and regain their trust in the Sheriff's Office.

Mr. Baldwin promised residents of Escambia County a true "open door" policy; access to the Sheriff's Office policies, procedures and training; as well as telling residents that the Sheriff's Office would be open to explaining to residents how the Sheriff's Office would respond to emergencies and tragic events like an active shooter at a school.

Mr. Baldwin stated that he would support neighborhood watch groups and other community groups trying to improve their neighborhoods by acquiring street lights, sidewalks, and pruning trees to improve safety.  To alleviate poverty, if necessary, he would spend part of the Sheriff's Office budget to help poor communities.  He would also improve communication with all entities of government, but especially the Board of County Supervisors and the State Attorney's office.

Below are short videos covering Mr. Baldwin's responses to questions.  In some cases, the actual question is included.

Video 1:  Republican candidate for Sheriff for Escambia County (FL), Mr. Doug Baldwin, Sr., addressed a community meeting on May 2, 2015. Baldwin stated that given events in Ferguson, MO, and Baltimore, MD, that law enforcement and communities across the country were at a defining moment in history.

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Video 2:  Republican candidate for Sheriff for Escambia County (FL), Mr. Doug Baldwin, Sr., told a community meeting on May 2, 2015, that solving the problem of crime in the county required the community and law enforcement to work together. He reminded the audience that the triumph of evil only requires that good people do nothing, say nothing, and hear nothing.

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Video 3:  Republican candidate for Sheriff for Escambia County (FL), Mr. Doug Baldwin, Sr., responded to an audience question that aggressive, robust community policing was required to stop criminals intimidating and victimizing county residents.

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Video 4:  Republican candidate for Sheriff for Escambia County (FL), Mr. Doug Baldwin, Sr. responded that when he is elected Sheriff, the Sheriff's Office will have their back. He will not allow criminals to intimidate any community in the county.

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Video 5:  Republican candidate for Sheriff for Escambia County (FL), Mr. Doug Baldwin, Sr., when asked about his race and race issues in the election, responded that this election is about building trust between the community and the Sheriff's Office and reducing poverty in the county, not the racial characteristics of the candidates (the incumbent is white) or racism.

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Video 6:  Republican candidate for Sheriff for Escambia County (FL), Mr. Doug Baldwin, Sr., responded to a question regarding the relationship between the Sheriff's Office and the Board of County Supervisors, that it was necessary to build better relationships and communications between all entities of government and the State Attorney's office.

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Video 7:  Republican candidate for Sheriff for Escambia County (FL), Mr. Doug Baldwin, Sr., positively answered that as Sheriff he would support neighborhood watch and other community groups in their requests for funds to provide sidewalks, street lighting, bike lanes, and tree cutting in order to improve safety and the welfare of residents in neighborhoods.

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Video 8:  Republican candidate for Sheriff for Escambia County (FL), Mr. Doug Baldwin, Sr., explained that his vision for the Sheriff's Office is to build strategic alliances with all communities in the county.

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Video 9:  Mr. Doug Baldwin Sr., Republican candidate for Sheriff in Escambia County (FL), responded to a question from Mr. Jerry McIntosh, second vice president of the Movement for Change and a member of the leadership network, the Coalition for Justice. Mr. McIntosh asked Mr. Doug Baldwin about his policy in light of the fact that the incumbent Sheriff David Morgan, refused to meet with the community-wide network of civil rights organizations because they were not an established 501(c)(3) organization. Mr. Baldwin responded that he would have a true and genuine open door policy for everyone.

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Video 10:  Mr. Doug Baldwin, Sr., Republican candidate for Sheriff in Escambia County (FL), stated that one pillar of his overall vision of Strategic Alliance to Foster Engagement (SAFE) was building an alliance between the Sheriff's Office and youth in Escambia County.

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Video 11:  Responding to another question on the relationship between youth in Escambia County (FL) and the Sheriff's Office, Republican candidate for Sheriff, Mr. Doug Baldwin, Sr., expanded upon his vision of creating an alliance between youth, their parents, and the Sheriff's Office.

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Video 12:  One great concern of parents in Escambia County (FL) is the safety of their children while at school and the presence of Sheriff Office deputies at the schools. Republican candidate for Sheriff, Mr. Doug Baldwin, Sr., responded that parents deserve to know how the Sheriff Office plans to respond to emergencies and possible school shootings.

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Video 13:  Republican candidate for Sheriff for Escambia County (FL), Mr. Doug Baldwin, Sr., responded to a concern from a resident of Pensacola about being locked down in his house by the Sheriff's Office but not knowing what was going on. Baldwin responded that part of the taxpayer-funded 911 system is the reverse-911 system which allows local law enforcement to contact very specific parts of a neighborhood to disseminate information and warn residents about how to take precautions to their families and properties. Mr. Baldwin stated that he would use this reverse-911 system to keep citizens informed during an emergency.

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Video 14:  Responding to a question regarding New York City's stop-and-frisk policy, Republican candidate for Sheriff for Escambia County (FL), Mr. Doug Baldwin, Sr., explained that the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that stop-and-frisk is a lawful law enforcement tool. Mr. Baldwin explained that when he is elected Sheriff that he would use this tool, but only within constitutional limits--meaning that Sheriff Office deputies would stop individuals only if their behavior was actually suspicious. He commented that a person looking at a deputy and running is not suspicious under the U.S. Constitution.

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Video 15:  Continuing his strong law and order theme and the common belief across the United States that the police are beleaguered by accusations of violence against civilians (Black, Hispanic, and white), Mr. Doug Baldwin, Sr., a Republican candidate for Sheriff in Escambia County (FL), responded that he would support his deputies who performed their jobs properly. He added that there needed to be a balance between a well-trained, responsive police force and community support for law enforcement.

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Video 16:  While providing strong support for Sheriff Office deputies who performed their jobs well, Republican candidate for Sheriff for Escambia County (FL), Mr. Doug Baldwin, Sr., stated that mistakes will be made. These mistakes will be rectified by training and other means, but a key component was accountability and transparency to the residents of the county.

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