I recently received a mailing for Lexington County sheriff candidate Justin Britt that said “he’s tested, having served more than 1,500 violent felony arrest warrants over the past five years.”
To lay people, that figure might seem reasonable. It also might give the impression that each warrant served meant that one violent criminal was taken off the street. I don’t believe that. If that number is accurate, I believe it means each person arrested had multiple charges, and that means the mailing was intentionally misleading.
If not, it would mean that Mr. Britt averaged more than 300 such warrant services per year, or more than one a day.
Having been a federal law enforcement agent responsible for investigating violent offenses such as bank robbery, armored truck robbery and kidnapping, I know the time it takes to conduct an investigation, obtain and execute the arrest warrant and be present at court appearances. I don’t recall that our squad that included 15 other agents averaged a violent felony arrest each working day.
I am one Lexington County resident who just wants a professional county law enforcement agency with a sheriff who serves its residents with integrity and honesty, devoid of egotistical claims to obtain such an office.
Daniel J. Murphy