Cook County Sheriff Candidate Latonya Ruffin wants Private Neighborhood Security to Fix Failed Criminal Justice System (Cook County, IL) – Officer LaTonya Ruffin is dismayed at the news of the newly formed Bucktown Neighbors Association who outlined a plan to hire a private security company to deter crime and act as the liaison between the neighborhood and the Chicago Police Department and Cook County Sheriff’s Office.
“This is outrageous, these citizens pay taxes, including high property taxes, to provide a modern, capable police department to keep them safe. Why should they need to pay an additional two hundred thousand dollars a year to cover the City of Chicago and the Cook County Sheriff’s job?” Ruffin demanded.
“It’s gotten to the point where it feels like we are living in a lawless society. This should not be the case. The Cook County Sheriff has failed us,” she continued.
The Bucktown Neighbors Association has set out to hire an “armed guard” – who is described in the letter as an off-duty or recently retired police officer – to patrol the area in a marked security vehicle “for 8 to 10 hours a day.
“I am calling on my neighbors, friends, coworkers and every voter in the County to wake up and elect new leadership, starting right here in the Sheriff’s office. We need people who have done the work, as I have, and who are willing to buck the established machine systems, who are dedicated to law and order for our communities. With Tom Dart as Sheriff, Cook County has degenerated into a lawless society. We deserve better. We must do better.”
Unlike the current Sheriff, Ruffin has over 15 years of experience in policing and law enforcement. Ruffin is tired of excuses and wants to see bold action to deter crime.
“Cook County has one of the largest criminal court systems in the world, with combined budgets of the Departments, taxpayers spend well over $1 billion on the administration of criminal justice every year. Yet things are getting worse for everyone,” she stated.
Ruffin has served and protected as a law enforcement officer in several Cook County municipalities the past two decades. Currently a police officer in Robbins, Ruffin worked as a Patrol Officer at the Police Departments in Dixmoor, Markham, and Robbins, IL. Ruffin patrolled the streets of these cities and neighborhoods, responding to problems where necessary. Ruffin believes in enforcing the laws, mitigating public disturbances, investigating possible crimes, and apprehending those responsible for breaking the law.
Cook County Sheriff Candidate Latonya Ruffin wants Private Neighborhood Security to Fix Failed Criminal Justice System