Joe Duffy For Sheriff of Douglas County

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January 9th, 2018 Press Release

Joe Duffy for Sheriff of Douglas County

Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Captain Joe Duffy is announcing his candidacy for Sheriff of Douglas County. Captain Duffy has been an active member of law enforcement for the past 28 years. He started his career in 1989 with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department as a Community Service Officer and graduated as a Deputy Sheriff from the LASD Academy in 1990 and was primarily assigned to LA County’s downtown Men’s Central Jail, where he became proficient in custodial gang enforcement. Captain Duffy is married to Douglas County Sheriff’s Deputy Teresa Duffy who handles the youth and senior programs within the Sheriff’s Office.

In 1995, Captain Duffy joined the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office and has performed a wide variety of assignments in every division through the ranks, up to his current position of Captain. Captain Duffy’s previous assignments include serving as a Deputy in the Jail and Patrol Divisions and Sergeant in the Patrol and Investigations Divisions. Captain Duffy was a K9 handler and SWAT Team member for over 12 years, making many notable arrests with his K9 partners Kilo and Bella. In 2010, Joe was promoted to the rank of Captain and assigned to the Administration/Lake Tahoe substation Commander for 2 years and then assigned to the Jail Division Commander position for 3 years. Captain Duffy currently oversees the Patrol Division where he supervises 46 Deputies and 6 Sergeants for the past 2 1/2 years. Captain Duffy is the SWAT Team Commander and K9 Unit Commander, overseeing 6 police canines and their handlers and an 18 person SWAT Team with an additional 8 support personnel.

Due to his training with LASD and continued inservice training with DCSO, Captain Duffy is considered an expert in gangs. He is an international speaker on the topic, having recently instructed in Fiji and Tonga with the Nevada National Guard and is credited with helping form the Gang Unit here in Douglas County. Captain Duffy also supervised and managed the formation of the Mobile Outreach Safety Team (MOST) which is comprised of specially trained officers in the mental health field who conduct followup and provide special attention to the ever increasing mental health population in Douglas County.

Captain Duffy is a graduate of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia and is the current First Vice President of the FBI National Academy Associates Nevada Chapter. Captain Duffy is a member of the International Footprinters Association, Chapter #72, and is also a Nevada State POST certified law enforcement instructor. He coordinates and instructs a state accredited 40-hour Field Training Officer School, which provides law enforcement officers from around the state the education, tools and techniques necessary to train new law enforcement officers in the Jail, Dispatch and Patrol divisions and also instructs at the annual Senior Law Enforcement Academy. Captain Duffy is also the recipient of two medals of distinction. One is the Sheriff Office’s Meritorious Service Award received for his involvement and actions in an officer involved shooting incident and the second was issued by Governor Sandoval for his work in helping countries oversees with gang problems in support of the Nevada National Guard. Captain Duffy holds an Executive POST Certificate from the State of Nevada.

Captain Duffy has been active and involved in the community throughout the years, participating in a number of events, including the Peace Officer Memorial Run, Shop with a Cop/Holiday with a Hero, Trick or Treat Halloween Safety Streets, May the Fourth be With You, the annual Gardnerville Coffin Races, Special Olympics Torch Run, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office first annual Haunted House fund raiser, Cops vs. Fire Dodgeball Fundraiser, coach for the Carson Valley Little League and Douglas County Parks and Rec Basketball.

Captain Duffy is focused on responsive public safety for the citizens of Douglas County, and will continue the most professional law enforcement services that the men and women of the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office provide, making this one of the safest communities in the state. Captain Duffy has also announced if elected, he intends to promote Captain Jim Halsey to his Undersheriff position. Captain Halsey is a 30 year veteran of law enforcement and a 30 year Navy Veteran Active and Reserve who completed two tours in Iraq and retired as a Chief Warrant Officer 4. Captain Halsey has also worked a variety of assignments in the Jail, Patrol, Investigations and Administration Divisions.

Under Sheriff Jim Halsey

Captain Jim Halsey is a 30 year veteran of Law Enforcement, beginning his career in 1987 with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, where he worked assignments in both the jail and patrol divisions. During his patrol assignment at the East Los Angles Sheriff’s Station, Halsey was a member of the Special Problems Enforcement Team.

Since employment with the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office in 1994, Halsey has worked a variety of assignments in every division; including as a Sergeant in the Patrol and Investigations Divisions, and as the agency Administrative Sergeant and Public Information Officer. He is also a former SWAT Team member and current Range Staff member.

Captain Halsey is the current Jail Division Commander at the Sheriff's Office, responsible for the management and operation of the 36 person Jail Division/Bailiff Unit, consisting of 28 Deputies, 5 Sergeants, and 3 Civilian Staff members.

Captain Halsey holds an Advanced Nevada P.O.S.T. certificate and an Associates Degree from Moorpark College, Ca.

Captain Halsey is a retired 30 year veteran of the United States Navy Seabees, serving on both active duty and as a reservist. Halsey began his active-duty military career as an enlisted man in 1980. Halsey transferred to the reserves in 1984, where he continued service, rising to the rank of Master Chief Petty Officer and holding assignment as a Command Master Chief. After obtaining his degree, Halsey was commissioned as a Chief Warrant Officer, and has held assignments as a Company Commander and Assistant Battalion Operations Officer. Halsey was recalled to active duty during Operation Desert Storm, and more recently served two deployments to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, during which he operated Convoy Security Teams. Halsey retired from the Navy in 2012 as a Chief Warrant Officer-4.

Captain Halsey has been married to his wife, Franki, for 29 years, and they have three adult children.

Joe Duffy for SheriffEndorsements

Bob Milby, Retired Nevada Legislative Police Chief

John Milby, Retired Douglas County Sheriff's Captain

Steve Albertson, Retired Undersheriff of Carson City Sheriff's Office

Dennis Osborn, western regional director of D.A.R.E. America

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