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As a longtime resident of this county and a dedicated member of the Boone County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO), Tony Harris is the right person to be elected as the next Boone County Sheriff. With more than 26 years of continuous service with the Boone County Sheriff’s Office, Harris has proven himself, the expertise and the right amount of passion to protect and serve the county’s six communities, a county he sincerely respects and to which he is devoted.
A life deeply rooted in Boone County
A native resident of Boone County, Tony Harris is the youngest of six children born to Tom and Barbara Harris. Harris resides in Boone County with his wife, Chastity, and their four children: Cale, Lilly, Abbie and Grady. They have two family dogs, Aggie and Gus, as well as three longhorns, Cash, Rio and Tio.
The Harrises are enjoying life in Boone County and exploring the great outdoors. Harris has dedicated his entire life to Boone County and is committed to continuing to make it his number one priority to serve and protect, not only for residents and business owners, but also for future generations of the Harris family.
Harris is a member of Charles Frank Lodge in Zionsville and is an instructor for the Boone County Sheriff’s Office Citizens Academy, an instructor for BCSO’s Principals in Defensive Handguns program, served as an assistant chief den with a local Cub Scout pack , a Spartan Endurance Race competitor and member of the Lebanon Kiwanis Club. He is also a member of the Boone County Republican Party Deputy Precinct Committee.
An established and flourishing career with BCSO
Harris rose through the ranks throughout his more than 26-year career with the BCSO and earned three promotions in the last three administrations. Harris was elected deputy team commander and then commander of the Boone County Special Response Team by his fellow team members with 19 years of service. Harris has been the chief deputy for more than seven years and was made a colonel in 2021.
What qualifies Harris as Boone County’s next sheriff are his leadership skills developed through promotions, his leadership skills of the department’s divisions, and his responsibility at major incident scenes. Harris also serves as acting sheriff in the absence of Sheriff Michael Nielsen.
Once elected, Harris will continue to focus on crime data and determining where activity is taking place to solve crimes faster. Harris will continue to work with BCSO inmates who want to turn their lives around and take full advantage of existing BSCO classes and programs throughout the prison. These programs and courses—under the direction of Sheriff Michael Nielsen—have dramatically reduced BCSO’s recidivism rate. Harris will continue to work with inmates while expanding existing programs to achieve even greater success in improving the lives of BSCO inmates and further reducing recidivism rates.
Prioritizing Boone County’s Public Safety Needs
Sheriff Nielsen has been methodical in placing the right people in the right positions so that as roles transition, BSCO continues to be a well-oiled machine.
“I wanted to come to this office [sheriff] for a long time and I’m preparing for it,” Harris said. “I will keep our county protected. Citizens should know that they already have an excellent team that has been put in place, not only with me, but also with the people who come after me.
Along with continuing the arduous task of “hitting the county’s opioid epidemic head on,” Harris is equally dedicated to protecting Boone County’s most vulnerable, her children, from sexual predators. The BCSO’s recently established Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) unit will continue to be a high priority for Harris once he is elected sheriff.
BSCO recently joined the Indiana Crime Guns task force and appointed a deputy to represent BSCO on that task force. The main objective of the task force is to trace illegally obtained firearms or ballistic evidence to solve firearms crimes. Additionally, Harris has pledged to work with the Hamilton/Boone County Drug Task Force which was formed in 1990.
“We have everything in place to keep moving forward, not backing down,” Harris said. “We must continue to be proactive and not reactive. We’ve gained incredible ground on the issues that we’ve been proactive on, and we need to keep moving forward, building on those things and complementing what Mike [Nielsen] built as a Sheriff – examples being the BCSO’s involvement with the ICAC and the development of our own Criminal Interdiction Unit.
As the ripple effects of the pandemic and national and international affairs continue to impact Boone County residents and businesses, Harris understands these challenges and is prepared to lead the BCSO as residents and County business owners continue to navigate these uncharted waters into the next several years.
One of Harris’ priorities is to build on Nielsen’s culture of exceeding assistant training minimums and ensuring that BCSO is one of the best trained and prepared departments in the nation.
“We currently use a program called LexiPol that has our SOGs enabled,” Harris explained. “Our deputies, including me, must take a monthly test consisting of 30 questions that keeps us on top of our standard operational guidelines. This will soon be implemented in our correctional division as well.
Harris continued: “We are working on a program – through a state grant – that will allow our inmates to use tablets and take online classes so that once they get out of our facility, three weeks before upon release, they can apply for jobs throughout Boone County and apply what they have learned. We will be one of two Indiana state prisons to do this, and I will continue to m rely on programs like these.
A growing county needs proactive leadership
The population is currently trending to more than double over the next 10 years, and Harris is ready to meet that challenge and grow BCSO with the county without sacrificing any of its services along the way. He is committed to building on the foundation that Sheriff Nielsen laid.
“We need to be proactive in order to keep crime out of the county and protect our children,” Harris said. “I like the people of this county. The vast majority still support law enforcement, and we know they support us. Boone County is a place where people want to live, raise families and build businesses. We have to keep building on that. »
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