Letter to the editor: Former officer supports Newton for sheriff

As someone who has known Peter Newton for over thirty-five years, and as a retired police executive with over thirty years law enforcement experience, I would be remiss if I did not voice my support for Peter Newton for the position of Addison County Sheriff. He is the only candidate that has all the knowledge, skills, and abilities to do the job. 
He is a current certified full-time law enforcement officer who can hit the ground running. He would not, at the county tax expense, have to spend many hours, if not days and weeks, at the police academy to get certified. He has shown that he can interact and coordinate with all of the local towns in providing necessary services. Additionally, he has asked me to assist him in putting together a anti-bullying and suicide prevention program. As a certified Character Development Educator I was happy to say yes to this much needed endeavor.
Peter also strongly supports the American Legion Law Cadet Program and is hoping to have applicants for his cadet program attend this training. I could go on endlessly speaking as to why it is so important to elect Peter. It is important to the county and its citizens to include youth at risk. It is equally important to the law enforcement community in that he brings a level of expertise and professionalism with a spirit of cooperation, which is so important.
Tom Scanlon

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