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Sheriff Todd Glander to seek reelection

Sheriff Todd Glander has announced plans to seek re-election to a second term as Becker County Sheriff.

Glander was elected sheriff in November 2014, taking office Jan. 6, 2015.

"Many of the people of Becker County, colleagues, professional partners, and friends, have encouraged me to run again," Glander stated in a press release. "In the past three years, the Sheriff's Office has enhanced and strengthened our ability to protect the lives, rights, and properties of the citizens of Becker County, while focusing on accountability and professionalism."

As sheriff, Glander has:

• Advanced the standards of professionalism within the Sheriff's Office through clear expectations, sound leadership, and improvements in training and technology. These advances have ultimately resulted in a team of professionals providing more patrol time with better and quicker response to residents' concerns and calls for service.

• Re-implemented the K-9 program with overwhelming financial support from county businesses and residents.

• Reintroduced the Triad program, a cooperative between seniors, law enforcement, and community groups.

• Worked to identify and reduce elder abuse in Becker County by joining with neighboring agencies; and invited the Minnesota Elder Justice Center to Becker County for cooperative training to form a multi-disciplinary team.

• Worked to reduce regional gang, drug and violent crimes by supporting the drug task force. Glander's department currently has deputies assigned to the West Central Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force and the FBI-Headwaters Safe Trails Task Force.

• In an effort to virtually eliminate the financial burden of out of county boarding; and to improve the overall system of corrections in Becker County, Glander worked with the community and County Board to construct an efficient modular style correctional facility.

Sheriff Glander currently serves as District One representative, for the Minnesota Sheriffs' Association which provides training, information, and legislative representation for the 87 sheriff's offices throughout the state.

He emphasizes that the work and services the Sheriff's Office provides is not a one person job. "I value the highly trained staff and volunteers, who serve in the Sheriff's Office, along with the support from the community, which plays an integral role of our success. Our office has improved relationships with all law enforcement and emergency response agencies in the county and the ability to work together as a team."

After 30 years of law enforcement experience, all within Becker County, Sheriff Glander, together with teamwork, is committed to providing the highest level of public safety to all citizens of Becker County, while striving to remain within financial boundaries.

"It has been a privilege to serve as sheriff, and I would be honored to serve the citizens of Becker County as your sheriff another four years," he said.