Richard	D.	Buchanan	‐	Questionnaire	Response	
Candidate:  Richard D. Buchanan 
Address:  1821 Glenn School Rd. Durham, NC ...
10. I would hope no one out there would vote for me based on my personal views.  I would prefer that they 
vote for me bas...
Richard	D.	Buchanan	–	Resume		
Objective	
My career goal is to serve the Durham Community with diligence and honor as the ...
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Richard Buchanan, candidate for Durham County Sheriff, 2014 People's Alliance PAC Questionnaire

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  1. 1. Richard D. Buchanan ‐ Questionnaire Response Candidate:  Richard D. Buchanan  Address:  1821 Glenn School Rd. Durham, NC 27704  Phone:  919‐224‐6821  Email:  captb606@yahoo.com  1. In today’s mobile society it is imperative that the Sheriff’s Office works closely with not only Durham City  but all law enforcement in Durham County and adjoining counties.  Cooperation amongst all agencies to  prevent duplication of service and to ensure full cooperation on overlapping investigations is a desired  result.  2.  The Sheriff’s Office has taken the lead in ensuring school safety through the SRO program.  It is    my  desire  to  continue  this  tradition.    I  will  work  diligently  to  ensure  all  officers  involved  in  schools  are  thoroughly trained in non‐violent intervention, gang education and community oriented policing.  3.  I will increase the training in gang awareness and abatement throughout the agency to include detention  officers.  But I believe it will take innovative approaches and better education to eliminate the gang  culture that exists in our society today.  4.  If you are talking about illegal possession of handguns I will take a hard line stand in an effort to eradicate  illegal handguns from our society.  However, if you’re talking about possession of legal handguns by law  abiding citizens it is my intent to fully respect and support those constitutional rights afforded by the 2nd   amendment.  5.  I will seek an external audit to see if there are better ways of handling witness security at our current  facilities.  My staff will not tolerate witness intimidation.  I will also ask that our staff take a proactive  course of action in educating patrons of the court house on proper court house etiquette.  6.  I personally feel that the majority of our non‐violent criminals would be better served through pre‐trial  community corrections than pre‐trial incarceration.  I will search the country for best practices in dealing  with this issue and will implement those practices in Durham County.  7.  Simply put, money.  It is imperative in order to recruit and retain the best people that law enforcement  has to offer, that we increase the pay of our employees.  It will be my policy to prioritize the investment  in people and not equipment.  The difference between all great organizations and good organizations  are the employees.  8.  The best part of the current administration is their continued emphasis on professionalism throughout  the ranks through continued support of the international accreditation process.  The worst thing about  the current administration is communication both internally and externally.  It will be a priority of mine  to improve dialogue not only within the agency but throughout the greater community.  9.  I  fully  support  any  program  that  undertakes  to  provide  quality  health  care  to  those  less  fortunate  individuals who otherwise could not afford health care.  I believe the Affordable Health Care Act will  reduce medical expenses in the jail facility. 
  2. 2. 10. I would hope no one out there would vote for me based on my personal views.  I would prefer that they  vote for me based on my career track record of treating all persons fairly and with respect and dignity.  I  will honor all persons rights whether they are created “statutorily” or are God given.  11. It is impossible for me to choose one.  I am issue driven, not agenda driven.  12.  All  my  decisions  are  based  from  an  ethical  approach  to  the  situation.    Treating  people  fairly  and  approaching  every  situation  from  an  ethical  view  point  will  always  guide  my  decision  making.   Throughout my career I have taken a people first approach rather than a process first approach.  13. Durham, NC  14. No  15. Since my voting record has no bearing on my qualifications or ability to lead the Durham County Sheriff’s  Office, I respectfully refuse to answer this question.     
  3. 3. Richard D. Buchanan – Resume Objective My career goal is to serve the Durham Community with diligence and honor as the Sheriff of Durham County. Improve communications between the Sheriff’s Office and the community we are sworn to protect. Experience May 1980 – April 2012 Durham County Sheriff’s Office Durham, NC Deputy Sheriff (Deputy to rank of Major)  Worked patrol, responded to calls, served civil and criminal process.  Worked and supervised criminal investigations as Sergeant And Lieutenant.  Worked and supervised training division, accreditation process, internal affairs, fleet maintenance as a Captain.  Worked and supervised accreditation process, internal affairs, fleet maintenance, records, communications, warrant control, School Resource Officers, community service unit and patrol commander as a Major.   Education August 1972 Wayne School Chicago, IL High School Diploma References Worth L. Hill, former Sheriff Roland Leary, former Sheriff Michael D. Andrews, current Sheriff Jim Hardin, Superior Court Judge Archie Smith, Clerk of Court Wayne High School  

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