Dr. Know expresses a deep admiration for the men and women of the Hamilton County Sheriff's office in this question from the June 2012 issue.
With a presidential election year underway, I’ve been wondering: Who pays the bill for the increased security when a candidate comes to town?—Counting the Days Until November 6Dear Counting:The Doctor turned to the office of the Hamilton County Sheriff for help with your thorny question. The Doctor has become a big admirer of the Hamilton County Sheriff. His admiration for the Sheriff began to grow years ago when the Sheriff, a U.S. Marine (there are no ex-Marines) ordered his troops to shape up or ship out. To the astonishment of the criminal justice community, the Hamilton County peace officers sucked it up and got in shape. This was extremely impressive to the Doctor, who lives in a large municipality within Hamilton County where the peace officers have not even been told to stop yakking on their cell phones while driving their official vehicles, much less to do something about the extra-tartar-sauce-spread. Nor, apparently, have they been told to observe the default 25 mph speed limit when not in hot pursuit of a hooptie, nor do they seem to be required to use turn signals in advance of a turn or lane change. Click it or ticket? Not for our boys in blue. For the peace officers in the Doctor’s municipality, seat belts seem to be a dangerous complication when reaching for the cell phone. The Doctor has noted, however, that the ladies and gents in the County patrol cars use their seat belts and stay off the cell phones. So you will see, dear Counting, why the Doctor, a seat-belt-buckler and undistracted driver, does not doubt information received from official Hamilton County Sheriff’s office mouthpiece Steve Barnett, who explained that the costs of increased security engendered by a political visit are billed to that campaign by the County or City, depending on event location. That policy is explained to the candidate’s people in advance. Collection is, according to Mr. Barnett, uneven.
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