Friday, June 6, 2014 | NEWS
Jared Cockroft announces candidacy for Polk County Sheriff
CLEAR LAKE – Jared Cockroft, longtime Polk County resident and Army veteran with 22 years in local law enforcement, announced this week that he is running for Polk County sheriff in this November’s election.
Cockroft has spent the past year meeting with Polk County residents and has heard a great deal about what residents need from your sheriff.
“The overwhelming consensus is that we all deserve more, our children deserve better, and the sheriff’s department needs to change,” said Cockroft in a statement announcing his candidacy. “The position of Polk County sheriff oversees the Polk County Jail, deputies, investigators and is ultimately responsible for everything that happens or fails to happen within the agency.”
Cockroft said that, if elected, he will “swiftly enact and implement proper procedures for responding to reports of missing children,” since, he noted, no such policy currently exists in the sheriff’s department policy manual.
He said he will conduct extensive training, and invite local police departments throughout the county and state to share ideas and learn from each other. He said his insight will allow the sheriff’s department to operate more efficiently and effectively, making better use of tax dollars. This will ultimately keep citizens safer with more access to a better sheriff.
“I am running for the office of sheriff because I know we can do better, and I believe the public deserves better,” said Cockroft.
“In the past, the Polk County Sheriff’s Department was a shining example across the great state of Wisconsin as a force to be admired, a benchmark by which other departments measured themselves,” he added.
Cockroft said he believes that the department must move forward in order to get back to that level of excellence.
“It’s a simple concept: crime that is prevented is the easiest crime to solve. And, well-trained personnel with tried-and-true policies and procedures get better results, avoiding costly, even tragic, mistakes.
“As your sheriff I promise to work tirelessly to restore and maintain the trust and confidence of the public,” said Cockroft. “I will make your concerns our priority.” Cockroft said that in order for law enforcement to be proactive in the community, its leaders must first be active in the community. He believes in sharing information, while partnering with the community to prevent crime and protect citizens. Cockroft said he will accomplish this by attending city, town and village meetings, engaging the public and reaching out to various groups in the community.
Jared Cockroft said he has the experience, integrity and leadership skills to lead the Polk County Sheriff’s Office into the future.
After graduating from Amery High School, Cockroft followed in the footsteps of five generations by joining the military. He served his country and was honorably discharged. Having worked all across Polk County at Clayton Police Department, Amery Police Department, St. Croix Falls Police Department and the Polk County Sheriff’s Department, he has held positions as chief of police, St. Croix Valley Drug Task Force director, field training officer, school liaison officer, law enforcement instructor and Polk County drug investigator. In 2012, he was elected to the Polk County Board of Supervisors, representing District 23 and served on the public protection committee with oversight of the sheriff’s department, medical examiner’s office, district attorney’s office and clerk of courts office. He also served on the personnel committee, overseeing contract negotiation, HR and employee relations.
In August 2004, he received a Certificate of Valor “for conduct and professionalism on April 4, 2004, in the line of fire - as a member of the Polk County Emergency Response Team,” awarded by Sheriff Ann Hraychuck. Since joining the SCFPD in 2007, Cockroft has been twice recognized by the city of St. Croix Falls for life saving. Cockroft currently resides in rural Clear Lake with his wife of 20 years and their two teenage children.
“I believe I am the candidate with the qualifications to enhance the sheriff’s office mission, and I respectfully ask for your support, and more importantly, your vote in next November’s election.”
To learn more about Cockroft’s goals as your new Polk County sheriff, make suggestions and learn how you can help spread the word before next November’s election, please visitCockroft4Sheriff.com. - submitted