The International Brotherhood of Police Officers Local #673 has announced its endorsement of Sheriff Jim Hammond.
The Chattanooga-Hamilton County area IBPO issued the following statement after unanimous board approval:
“The International Brotherhood of Police Officers Local #673 is happy to announce its endorsement of Jim Hammond for Hamilton County Sheriff. During his tenure as Hamilton County Sheriff, Jim Hammond has implemented several community and law enforcement base programs. These programs include the enhancement of the community watch program, unused prescription drop off sites, crisis Intervention training for Officers and adding additional School Resource Officers to the County Schools to name a few. Sheriff Hammond has also advanced several initiatives to improve the working environment for Deputies within the Sheriff’s Office as well. With several decades of leadership experience and a proven record of service to the community the IBPO gladly stands behind Sheriff Hammond. “
Devoted to police officers in both Chattanooga and Hamilton County, the IBPO Local #673 advocates on behalf of the interests of law enforcement officers regarding favorable employment policies and workplace environment.
Sheriff Hammond said, “The support of the men and women who serve as our first-line of protection is such an honor. Having earned the trust and respect of our first responders is a privilege. IPBO is a powerful voice on behalf of our men and women in blue.”
Sheriff Hammond has announced that his public safety priorities for the next four years will include: the transition and completion of the Hamilton County jail system under his direction and guidance; working with community groups, social services and healthcare to identify the mentally ill that are incarcerated and providing them with the treatment they need to become productive citizens. Sheriff Hammond is currently working with stakeholders and decision-makers in law enforcement, the Hamilton County government and Public Schools in addressing the need for school safety.
He said, “The duties facing the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office during the next term will demand strategic planning, effective budgeting and collaboration across numerous agencies and organizations. Having the IBPO’s support in this very important time to provide solutions to address the high rate of mental illness in our jails as well as school safety is encouraging to have such tremendous partners.”
The Republican Party primary is Tuesday, May 1, and the County General Election is Thursday, Aug. 2.