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Sheriff Barry Faile has brought the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office into the 21st century with hard work and creative ideas.
Faile came into office in 2009 in the midst of a dismal economy with unemployment at a record high. Idleness and financial needs greatly increased the crime rate, but he and his staff have been quick to solve crimes and bring the offenders to justice in record time.
Faile is well qualified to be our sheriff. When I spoke with him recently we talked about his accomplishments and his goals.
He began his career in law enforcement with the patrol division from 1989 to 1991. He headed investigations from 1991 to 1996. He was the multi-jurisdictional drug task force commander from 1997 to 2000. He was patrol division commander from 2000 to 2004. He was chief deputy from 2005 to 2008. He then became Lancaster County sheriff and is now up for re-election.
Faile’s community involvement includes the S.C. Sheriffs’ Association board of directors; Midlands Homeland Security Council, FBI Law Enforcement Association and the S.C. Law Enforcement Officers Association. Faile is an active member of the Lancaster Rotary Club, Buford Booster Club and Bethlehem Baptist Church.
“I never tire of talking about work; I think it’s in my heart as well as being my career,” Faile said.
In 2011, the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office received its accreditation from the S.C. Police Accreditation Coalition. This means we have now implemented standards and procedures consistent with the best law enforcement practices in the state of South Carolina.
Faile’s accomplishments include securing an additional $1.3 million in grant funding to provide training, buy equipment and hire more staff; building partnerships with local, state and federal agencies in the fight against drugs and crime; requiring additional training for officers and upgrading surveillance technology.
Everywhere one goes in Lancaster, city or county, one hears praise for Faile and his innovative leadership. The public recognizes Faile’s sincerity.
There is no guile in Barry Faile. When he talks to you, he looks you straight in the eye. Whether you are the good guy or the bad guy, you can know without doubt, Faile is being square with you.
A vote for Sheriff Faile on Nov. 6 is a wise vote.