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Mercer County Sheriff

2 Candidates for 1 office, 3-Year termSheriff provides law enforcement for county, serves warrants on behalf of courts, apprehends fugitives, works with Federal and State agencies. Office includes Court Security, Emergency Response Team, Detective Bureaus, community Education Programs and other. Has over 140 sworn personnel and 60 civilian employees.
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    John "Jack" Kemler (Dem) Mercer County Sheriff

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What do you consider the most important challenges involving law enforcement in Mercer County?

What are your priorities for the Sheriff’s office? What improvements, if any, would you like to make?

Given the Sheriff’s role in law enforcement, how do you plan to interact with the county’s various diverse communities? Please comment on law enforcement activities with regard to immigration issues.

Please comment on gun violence and provide your thoughts on how to reduce it.

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Current Elected Position Mercer County Sheriff
Website http://www.mercercounty.org/government/sheriff
The greatest challenges to all law enforcement officers in Mercer County are routine assignments that abruptly become high-risk. My officers are brave, highly trained, and ready to serve at a moment’s notice. However, three of my Sheriff’s Officers were met with gunfire on the morning of May 10, 2017, when they attempted to serve an arrest warrant related to a Megan’s Law offense. Each officer sustained gunshot injuries at the scene and were taken to the hospital where they were treated and released that day. They each displayed courage and heroism in the face of deadly gunfire. Thankfully, all three returned home to their families that night. That is the most important challenge of all.
The Mercer County Sheriff's Office continues its long-standing priorities of working closely with Federal, State and local law enforcement agencies to keep our communities safe. The Sheriff's Office maintains its principal role to serve warrants, on behalf of the courts and to apprehend fugitives with swiftness and efficiency. Command Officers under my purview participate in weekly briefings that coordinate Federal, State and local responses to major criminal activity in the greater Mercer County area. Further, the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office is pleased to be a key component for around the clock security at the vibrant Trenton–Mercer Airport, working closely with the Office of Homeland Security, the US Customs Service, the TSA and FAA, to keep arriving and departing passengers safe and sound. Lastly, with all this activity going on, I appropriately balance staffing - along with properly equipping our officers, while being responsible to taxpayers by holding the line on spending.
Frankly, I love our county’s diversity and the vast cultures among our 12 municipalities. I enjoy that we have a great State capital located in the City of Trenton and just a few miles away we have the Princeton area and all of its great diversity. As far as immigration issues, please know that the Mercer County Sherriff’s Office does NOT work directly with the US Immigrations and Customs Service (ICE) in efforts relating to deportations. It is not part of my statutory responsibility.
The primary duties of the Sheriff's Office include court security, emergency response teams, K-9 Units, Civil Process Divisions, a Detective Bureau, community education, public outreach programs, and airport security. However, gun violence is a persistent problem for our nation and in our immediate area. I believe that one of the best ways to reduce gun violence is to enforce the gun laws of this great State, as they pertain to the illicit transport of guns. One of the biggest problems is that illegal guns are too easily coming over the borders of neighboring states. The Sheriff’s Office makes every effort to take illegal guns out of the hands of criminals and off our streets. I am also very proud to have worked with the NJ State Police and the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office on their recently successful gun buy-back effort.

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