Conversation with Ruben

The Ruben Marté for Sheriff campaign is based on four main tenets:

Public Safety

Reducing the Rate of Recidivism for Individuals in the Justice System

Increasing Training for all Sheriff's Office Employees

Expanding Public Outreach & Community Engagement through Police & Community Partnership Program


Increase Public Safety

This should be the ultimate goal of law enforcement, and I believe it’s accomplished by:

  • Being transparent

  • Increasing accountability 

  • Acknowledging the challenges our community is facing and discussing them with residents

  • Working hand-in-hand with social service programs 

  • Working to gain public trust



Reduce the Rate of Recidivism and Reentry in the Justice System 

This is possible through: 

  • Providing diversion programs

  • Working hand-in-hand with social service programs that provide support to individuals who have recently left jail or prison

  • Education

  • Training



Increase Training for all Sheriff's Office Employees

  • Crisis Intervention and De-escalation Techniques

  • Cultural Awareness for Law Enforcement

  • Implicit Bias: Understanding it's Impact on Actions & Decisions

  • Police Response to Mental Illness



Expand Public Outreach and Community Engagement through the Police & Community Partnership Program

  • Citizen’s Police Academy

  • Do’s and Don'ts at a traffic stop Program

  • New Resident Orientations

  • International Resident Orientation

  • Bring community members and police officers together in a neutral setting outside of the traditional police service roles

  • Building a safer community through education by tailoring our educational endeavors to meet our community needs

We need to develop effective communication between the police and the communities that we serve in order to alleviate long-standing community distrust and other historical barriers that impact effective police-community partnerships. The first step to improving communication is to have a series of open in-person facilitated programs, engaging the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department and community residents in an open dialogue to identify issues and work together to develop collaborative solutions that will improve police-community partnerships. I want to use the office to improve public safety by strengthening trust and developing partnerships between law enforcement and the diverse communities we serve. 

The benefits of the Police and Community Partnership Program include:

  • Shared problem-solving and dialogue between the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department and local residents and diverse communities;

  • Increasing Monroe County residents’ participation in developing solutions to local problems;

  • Empowering Monroe County communities to solve local issues and address local problems;

  • Supporting Monroe County Sheriff’s Department ongoing community outreach and engagement efforts; and

  • Improving trust and partnerships between Monroe County Sheriff’s Department and the community 

Some of the desired outcomes of the Police and Community Partnership Program include:

  • Optimizing resources to create efficiencies within the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department to help address the growing population of Monroe County;

  • Redevelopment of the current jail to create more of a modern facility that would allow for more resources to assist prisoners by providing various types of training, counseling, and other social work programs that would ultimately reduce recidivism; 

  • On-going collaboration between the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department and community groups such as faith based groups, businesses and business groups, local government agencies, and social service providers;

  • Developing more on-going programs for law enforcement and community residents to have more personal interaction in order to facilitate trust between both law enforcement and the community residents they serve; 

  • Increasing Monroe County Sheriff’s Department awareness of the many customs and practices of the diversity of Monroe County; and 

  • Supporting efforts to reduce community conflict and tension following controversial incidents, such as police actions, prosecutorial decisions or verdicts