1. Increase Staffing/ Increase Patrol Deputies
Although the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office is considered fully staffed, Sheriff Malphrus sees the immediate need to increase staffing across the board. Sheriff Malphrus has been committed to working alongside the Jasper County Council for funding, and has applied for several grants. These grants would help provide funding for increased staffing. Sheriff Malphrus has been, and will continue to be committed to making sure increases and improvements come at little to no cost increase to the tax payers.
When Sheriff Malphrus took office in January 2017, there were two deputies patrolling Jasper County as a whole each shift. In 2016, one of Sheriff Malphrus’ commitments was to increase patrolling coverage for the citizens of Jasper County. Since taking office, the current patrol shift coverage has increased to a minimum of five deputies, broken down into four zones, per 12 hour shift. Staffing increases have also been made by adding investigators, a Crime Suppression Team, and Community Relations Team. Sheriff Malphrus has been, and will remain committed to increasing this number to better serve and protect the citizens of Jasper County, and their property.
2. Continue to Build Community Relationships
In 2016, Sheriff Malphrus committed to reaching out in the community, to bridge the gap between the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office and citizens in the communities of Jasper. Since taking office January 2017, Sheriff Malphrus has implemented multiple events to reach everyone. Reach and Teach classes to help citizens with fraud and identity theft, partnering with the solicitors office to offer expungements for specific offenders, and even participating in job fairs to help further the careers of those interested. In 2016, Sheriff Malphrus committed to “host multiple community events to develop relationships with the citizens.” Since 2017, events like the Annual Trunk or Treat, Christmas Wish with New Destiny, Special Olympics Torch Run partnership, Annual Shop with Santa’s Heroes, Community Cookouts, Community Clippers and Cops participation, Community Teen Dance, Christmas Movie Night in the Park, Latin American Festival, Palmetto Armory Family Fun Day, Quarterly Community Meetings across the county, Jasper Animal Rescue Mission Remodel, and the Annual PetSmart Chance, Hope and Lucky Outreach, these events have all been relationship building opportunities for officers and citizens alike. In 2019, Sheriff Malphrus implemented the recognition of citizens who go above and beyond in their communities by giving out ‘Citizen Awards’ during the quarterly community meetings. This is a perfect way for citizens to become directly involved with Sheriff Malphrus and the deputies as they are the life line to nominating these citizens. Through this relationship building, Sheriff Malphrus is able to learn about his community citizens in detail and offer this special recognition to those who work hard for their communities and serve the citizens of Jasper County. Other accomplishments such as Shop with Santa’s Heroes and Family Fun Days are all perfect opportunities for Sheriff Malphrus’ commitment to bridging the gap with family style events to take place. These events have been and will continue to be a big part of Sheriff Malphrus’ commitments, as it gives the officers the opportunity to truly get to know the citizens, and continue to build personal relationships with everyone, of all ages.
3. Build Detailed JCSO Divisions
This team would be at least one dedicated investigator to work daily in identifying gang activity and members within Jasper County. With so many youth in our area seeking affiliation with gangs, Sheriff Malphrus recognizes the importance for their future to attack gang progression in Jasper County. At least one additional investigator would also be dedicated to working on solving violent crimes and bringing closure to victims. Sheriff Malphrus’ goal is to make sure team members such as these would receive specialized training to ensure the citizens of Jasper are getting the absolute best prevention and investigations possible.
Sheriff Malphrus has years of experience working hand in hand with the DEA and FBI. A joint task force with these federal agencies and Jasper County Sheriff’s Office has many benefits for citizens and deputies alike. This task force would give Sheriff Malphrus and his team access to many federal resources, at little to no cost for the citizens of Jasper County. It would also open the doors to charge criminals on a federal level, thus helping clean the criminal element out of Jasper County. Sheriff Malphrus would ensure that this task force is combined with all local agencies in our area.
This added division would dedicate two assigned investigators to focus on older cases of violent crimes/homicides. Currently our investigators work older and new cases. This creates a massive workload for the few team members we have. With the extra time and dedication, Sheriff Malphrus hopes to bring justice and closure to families of victims as he has diligently on current cases through his tenure as Sheriff since January 2017.
- Child Crimes Investigator
Sheriff Malphrus would like to staff an investigator whose main focus would be internet related crimes and crimes against children. The number of crimes against children continue to grow. These types of investigations require a lot of time to investigate, and it would benefit his staff and citizens in Jasper to have someone dedicated to working solely on these incidents.
4. Continue as a Hands on Working Sheriff
Sheriff Malphrus has repeatedly worked alongside his deputies during his current term in office. Having a sheriff who is willing to work with his team helps keep officer moral up and builds the teamwork standards. Sheriff Malphrus promises to his staff, and the citizens, to continue to be hands on and working, thus creating an opportunity for team building as a leader, and relationship building between Sheriff Malphrus and the citizens, while working to serve and protect each person and their property.