Brian Fields 4 Sheriff speaks to the Indivisible NoVa West group at it's monthly meeting.
safety & security
Citizens, courthouse staff, visitors, and public servants should feel safe while visiting the Prince William County Courthouse. Ample security staff should be present to meet the needs of the courthouse. Any person attending the courthouse should be welcomed with security staff who is friendly and knowledgeable with the courthouse procedures. All inmates should be handled with dignity and with proper care. Deputy sheriffs should be ready and willing to assist any individual with questions or concerns during their visit.
Due to an increasing amount of evictions, many Prince William County residents are finding themselves to become homeless in the county. The Sheriff's Office should offer resources or programs that can help people stay in their homes. Before an eviction order is processed, the Sheriff's Office should be able to mediate between the landlord, property management firm or agent in hope to work out solutions that would benefit both the tenant and the landlord. Brian Fields would like to create a partnership with non-profit organizations that specialize in assisting individuals who are about to become homeless as well as those who are without a permanent resident.
Brian Fields will advocate for all students to ensure a child's future is not being destroyed by a simple disciplinary incident that could have been handled through the school's behavioral policies, rather than to generate a criminal record on a student who may have had some minor behavior issues while attending school.
There are a large number of students who act out mainly because of the environment to which they live in, a child who lacks nourishment will not be able to stay focus in school or make productive discussions. A child living in an in the home to where there are ongoing neglect or trauma may find it difficult to reason, communicate, or adhere to directions of authority figures.
The ACLU is committed to challenging the “school-to-prison pipeline,” a disturbing national trend wherein children are funneled out of public schools and into the juvenile and criminal justice systems. Many of these children have learning disabilities or histories of poverty, abuse, or neglect, and would benefit from additional educational and counseling services. Instead, they are isolated, punished, and pushed out of the safety and security of the public educational system.
Brian Fields will work hard to create an environment to where all citizens will feel safe and welcome as a resident, visitor, or employee of Prince William County, no matter what a person's race, gender, orientation, political views, or religious views are.
According to a Washington Post article, law enforcement agencies reported 193 hate crime incidents in Virginia last year, up from 122 in 2016, according to FBI statistics. Brian Fields will engage in efforts to help reduce and objectively eliminate hate crimes in Prince William County with the cooperation of Prince William County Police and other local law enforcement agencies.
Both police officers and citizens experience some mental health issues. Police officers are exposed to a great deal of stress and trauma while working in a very challenging field. Brian Fields will continue the conversations and assist with working on more solutions between law enforcement officers, first responders, and the general public on recognizing an individual with mental health issues.
Brian Fields believe it is critical to continue to educate both the police and the general public about the concerns and needs of individuals who live with disabilities. We must remember at any time one of us can become disabled due to an injury or severe illness. Community discussions can create community support and solutions.