My name is Yesenia Sanchez and I am running for Alameda County Sheriff.
I’ve worked in the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office (ACSO) since 1997, working my way from Sheriff’s Technician to Division Commander over the course of the last 24 years. As I moved up in rank within the Agency, the more I learned about the needs of the community and how the Sheriff’s Office can work to serve it. Agency health is critical in shifting how the Agency approaches their role as law enforcement in the community. I have the trust and credibility to shift the culture of the ACSO and guide them into policing with humanity. ACSO’s approach as a law enforcement agency needs to change -- community input, transparency and accountability need to be priorities. I’ve realized that to truly effect change that transcends into the community, we have to start with a new approach in leadership that is centered in and accountable to the community. Leadership is an act of service and privilege, not a position of status.
I am running for Alameda County Sheriff because I have the experience, knowledge and relationships within the Agency to make reforms and work with the team to transform the Agency from top to bottom. I’ve spent my career in the Agency working collaboratively with others, managing more than 600+ employees and overseeing a budget of $270 million. This experience has equipped me with the knowledge and skills to know how to best deploy resources to serve the community and prioritize transparency and accountability which is what we need in law enforcement.
The Sheriff has a broad responsibility that includes overseeing the Office of Emergency Services, the Santa Rita Jail, the Coroner’s Office, the Crime Lab, providing law enforcement services for the unincorporated areas and working with city police chiefs and other elected leaders. My goal for the Agency is to invest in both the community and people incarcerated in the jail. Success for this role is when the community is safe and both crime and the jail population are low.
My vision for transforming the Sheriff’s Office includes:
- Focusing on Accountability. For law enforcement to be fair, effective, and ensure the safety of the community, there must be transparency and accountability. I will work with the County to collaborate with the oversight committee that will monitor the Agency and conduct independent investigations as necessary to hold the Agency accountable.
- Engage with the Community. I believe listening and responding to the needs of the community is vital for the Sheriff to be effective and support the unique needs of each community within Alameda County. To that end, I will work with community based organizations and leaders to ensure the Agency is supporting them in the best ways possible.
- Community Investment and Crime Prevention. I will work collaboratively with the community and county partners to make crime prevention and safety the focus. This includes mental health support services, crisis intervention training, and a focus on de-escalation. I will work to build trust with marginalized communities including immigrant and undocumented communities who may be hesitant to call for help to ensure they are provided with the same support, rights and services regardless of citizenship status.
- Investing in Rehabilitation of the Jail Population. The jail needs more resources and services including tools, education and mental health services. I will work with county partners and community based organizations to bring these services in to equip people who are incarcerated with the support, training and skills they need in order to be set up for success and contribute positively once they re-enter the community.
Alameda County is a diverse and wonderful place, and I will work to provide services equitably and ensure safety and the best quality of life possible for its residents, regardless of class, race, sexuality, etc. I look forward to meeting you and ask for your support of my campaign.
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