I feel that I have to answer these questions presented by Angela Deavers [“Experience, native or not, is what solves crimes,” Letters, Oct. 27]. The last time I checked you had to know the criminal code to meet DCJS certifications to be a certified road deputy or police officer in the Commonwealth of Virginia. I have the certificate on file if anyone wishes to see it. Yes it is true I am versed in traffic code, as traffic issues have always been a passion of mine. That’s my niche. I have on a daily basis seen a lot of criminal activity in the town of Culpeper over the past six-plus years. I have been involved with and supervised shooting scenes, drug activity, shopliftings, neglect cases involving juveniles and mentally challenged adults and the apprehension of wanted criminals. My chief, captains and other high-ranking officials feel that I am ready for this new challenge as a leader and sheriff of Rappahannock County. They have an open-door policy, and anyone who would like to get their personal opinions, feel free; I am sure they would answer any questions or concerns you might have.
However, if elected I will see that investigations are followed thru with and given top priority. I will not have my investigator working checking details when criminal cases need to be investigated. I will make sure that all policy and procedures will be followed in the collection and destruction of evidence. I will not house any jurisdictions’ inmates at costs to the Rappahannock taxpayer. I will have a animal warden, who knows the job, and who knows the owners of the animals throughout the county who will work hand-in-hand with RAWL. I will be visible in the community and will work with the schools to deter drug activity. I have a vested interest in that as my two kids go to Rappahannock County schools. I ask the voters of Rappahannock to think hard about who you want as your next sheriff. It’s been an honor to be given the opportunity to seek the office of sheriff. I’ve met a lot of new friends and been in a lot of new places during my campaign going door to door. If I have missed you I am truly sorry. I’m ready for the challenges ahead and I ask for your “vote” of confidence in me on Nov 8.
Anthony “Andy” E. Berry Sr.