Alcohol and drug addiction, childhood trauma, sexual abuse, mental illness, poverty, homelessness, Alzheimer’s, domestic violence and suicide. If your life and the lives of those around you have been unaffected by any of these issues, you should consider yourself very fortunate. Far too often, these issues have had a devastating impact on the lives of those affected by them. As a person and as a candidate for Rock County sheriff, I feel strongly that addressing these problems must be a priority for our government, our community and our criminal justice system.

Law enforcement is often one of the first entities outside of the family to come into contact with individuals who are struggling with these issues and concerns. With proper training and a fair but compassionate perspective, officers can have a profoundly positive impact on these situations. Rather than simply focusing on the behavioral symptom, if we can identify and address the underlying problem and connect the individual to appropriate services, they may be able to truly impact an individual’s, a family’s and a community’s quality of life.

As a commander, the third highest ranking position in the sheriff's office, I have made changes in our training, policies and programs that have begun to shift our philosophy in that direction. I am running for sheriff to ensure that we continue in that direction. The issues that our county faces are daunting, but I sincerely believe that with vision, commitment and passion, we can improve Rock County lives!

TROY KNUDSON

Beloit

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