EL CENTRO – Monday morning, Sheriff Raymond Loera addressed the Imperial County Sheriff’s Deputies and Correctional Officers on duty, as well as all office employees at the Imperial County Sheriff’s Office (ICSO) facility south of El Centro.
With over 300 in attendance, Sheriff Loera gave a message of the state of the office, highlighting past accomplishments and future goals and objectives.
“The Annual Inspection was observed in the past, but was discontinued,” said Loera. “I re-implemented it when I took office. It’s a great time to get everybody together. We also use the month before the Inspection to make sure everyone has all the up-to-date equipment and the gear they need. The main purpose is to bring the Sheriff’s Office together once a year. We are so spread out.”
This is Sheriff Loera’s message in its entirety;
“I want to thank our color guard. What a great job they have done. Thank you to all those who helped put this event together, and a special thank you to each and every one of you who make this the best law enforcement agency in the Imperial Valley.
This year is the beginning of my eighth year as the Sheriff of this County. It was my privilege to be elected on the Centennial year for this Office. We have come a long way since then and we are not going to go backwards.
We have had to deal with the three “B’s, budgets, boards and bureaucrats. But nothing has stopped our ability to provide this community with the best law enforcement available anywhere.
I don’t believe for one minute that there is a secret to our being able to do this under difficult circumstances.
It is your dedication to your profession, be it operations, corrections, fiscal, civil, records or the courts. You always perform at the highest levels.
I would like to welcome those employees who have been hired this past year. …….., I hope your experience with the Imperial County Sheriff’s Office is one that will have a positive impact on you.
We are at a pivotal point in time for the Sheriff’s Office. Each one of you has a direct interest on where this Office goes. We have had to make difficult decisions, which sometimes have been seen as unnecessary and maybe arbitrary by some. I can assure you that decisions that are made are discussed, thought over and scrutinized to the highest degree available. However, in the end, what is given the most weight is, will this decision make this a better Office and give us the ability to provide a better service to the members of this community.
Many of you standing here have served our country in the military. I say with great pride that my son is serving in the military today. Quite a while ago he gave me a dog tag, which I carry with me. On one side are the Army values, which mirror our own Core Values; ethics, loyalty, honesty, accountability, professionalism, integrity, and commitment.
On the other side is what is known as the warrior ethos. The number one item listed is ‘I will always place the mission first.’
That is what we should always use as the guide when making difficult decisions.
Placing the mission of this organization as our highest priority. And what is our mission?
We are “Committed to professional service and protection.”
And how do we accomplish this mission? By being the leading Public Safety Agency in Imperial County through progressive, innovative law enforcement services. This will be accomplished through collaborative efforts, responsible use of resources, sound administrative policies, technological advances, and leadership development.
Just as for the Army, these should not be just words on a dog tag or on the back of our business cards, but truly what we are. I encourage all of you to think about our Mission Statement, Value Statement and Core Values every once in a while.
Reflect on what they mean.
We cannot and will not go backwards. We will continue to provide the best law enforcement services available, by living our Mission and Vision Statement, and Core Values.
I would like to leave you with the following quote from Abraham Lincoln, the best President of the United States we ever had regarding mission and decision making. When he had to make an unpopular and possibly politically damaging decision, and receiving pressure to make the politically expedient decision, said the following;
‘I desire so, to conduct the affairs of this administration that if in the end, I have lost every other friend on earth, I shall at least have one friend left, and that friend shall be down inside of me.’
I always like to end by asking that you take this opportunity to meet with new members of this Office, as well as renewing old friendships. We are a large and dispersed organization and do not have the time to meet with all our co-workers. So do it this morning.
On behalf of myself, the under sheriff, my executive and administrative staff, I want to once more thank each and every one of you for making this Valley the great place that it is. You are the Imperial County Sheriff’s Office of which I am proud to be the Sheriff.