Well that didn’t take long. Kudos to Sammy Wyatt for calling my voicemail line and leaving a message to clarify some of his positions.
Let’s start with the expansion of the ICAC to include the elderly.
That is Lynn Austin who is planning on doing that. I will not do it…The attorney general’s office has a specific unit and that’s their sole purpose – crimes against the elderly…Both the Shreveport Police, Bossier Police, and both sheriff’s currently have investigators who handle that situation…I have no intention of expanding the ICAC task force to include the elderly. — Sammy Wyatt
After leaving the voicemail, we played phone tag for a few minutes, and then spent another 20 talking about the ICAC issues as well as gun rights.
Expanding the Bossier City Marshals Office
According to Sammy, if he is elected City Marshal, his intention is to “only expand the office into more youth programs, but not expand financially.” We discussed the current state of fiscal affairs, and Sammy agrees with us conservatives. He did not mean expansion of the office in terms of more governmental power or spending.
Expanding the ICAC Task Force
As Sammy states on his website, he is for expanding some of the resources in the lab for certified computer forensic examiners. However, he is not for expanding the program as a whole nor for expanding it into the elderly.
Arrest vs. Conviction Rate
There is some discrepancy between the numbers since each agency does not report their stats. The best information we have is from Chief Deputy Rick Ware of about 59 convictions out of 200 arrests.
Sammy’s position is that many of the cases are probably backlogged at the various district attorneys’ offices or may have been part of a plea bargain. However, he does want to implement a better system of reporting.
Efficiency in the Bossier City Marshals Office
We briefly discussed the Shreveport Marshals Office versus the Bossier one. According to Sammy, one of the first orders of business will be “reviewing the budget and procedures line by line” to see where things can be improved.
Gun Rights – 2nd Amendment
I have no doubt that Sammy fully supports the rights of individuals to carry. We had a long conversation about that issue as well as his thoughts of officer’s actions during traffic stops. We are in agreement over officer safety, but let’s also say that Sammy doesn’t support the notion that “rights can be suspended” during a traffic stop.