Dwon Littlejohn is a graduate of the Kansas City Police Academy, Littlejohn holds a M.A. in business administration, a B.A. in public administration and is a certified academy instructor.
Incumbent Mike Sharp is running against fellow Democrats Dwon Littlejohn and Randy Poletis for Jackson County Sheriff in the August primary. Because there is not a Republican entered in the race, the winner will not face an opponent in the November election, so this election should decide the new sheriff. The primary election is Aug. 7.
Littlejohn is a graduate of the Kansas City Police Academy, Littlejohn holds a M.A. in business administration, a B.A. in public administration and is a certified academy instructor.
He is currently an acting sergeant for the Kansas City Police Department and was past president of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 50, Chapter 3.
Why are you running for Jackson County Sheriff?
I am applying for this position because of the need for strong leadership and transparency within the Sheriff’s Office. The citizens of Jackson County deserve a leader who is dedicated to the development of communities, someone who is looking at all aspects of quality of life and willing to contribute to improving those attributes throughout the county; someone who understands the departments’ fiscal limitations and its true responsibility. As a father, husband, taxpayer and consumer, I know how important it is to ensure that our streets, homes, schools and businesses are safer places to live, work and conduct business.
You were recently critical about slow response times among sheriff’s deputies. How would you address that if you’re elected?
My first priorities would be to restructure the department to ensure that every available resource is being use to it maximum potential. People need to get the bang for their buck. I would make sure that our primary areas of concern are addressed, in terms of covering Eastern Jackson County; after all, we are the primary first responders in that area. We are the police, fire, animal control and the juvenile worker; most municipalities have these services available to them, unincorporated areas do not. All of this can be done while at the same time partnering with other organizations and municipalities.
What other areas would you focus on if you’re elected?
There are several changes, some of them are: we need to publish daily analysis reports online and in print, so citizens have an ideal of what’s happening in our community. We need to make documents available on-line and make the department consumer and community friendly. Most services rendered at the Sheriff’s Office should be available 24 hours a day. Let’s accommodate working folks. I would like to implement a predictive patrolling program. I think it’s important to mend any broken relationships with the public, municipalities and especially with our young people.
What separates you from your competitors?
I am the only candidate who understands that the type of police work we are doing is not working and has not worked for sometime now. For example, we have had war on crime, drugs, guns and poverty. And guess what, we haven’t won any of them. We need someone who understands how our communities work and the ability to work with them at the stakeholders’ table to discuss these issues and work toward solving the social ills of our community. We need someone in office who will improve quality of life for all of our communities in Jackson County.