GREENFIELD — Both Republican candidates for Hancock County sheriff have plans for ways to connect to the community they will serve if they’re elected.
The incumbent, Sheriff Mike Shepherd, said he has worked hard over the past three years in office to improve the department’s image in the eyes of the public. If he is re-elected, he said he plans to continue improving community relationships by making officers more approachable to citizens.
Last year, Shepherd started the department’s first citizen’s academy, which invites members of the public into the department for a behind-the-scenes look at law enforcement.
Participants responded positively in 2013, noting in their evaluations of the program that they learned a lot about the work officers must do on a daily basis, Shepherd said.
“It was really a great success last year,” Shepherd said. “People see us as people at that point.”