20 years ago, Joe Garofalo began his commitment to Colusa County’s safety as a correctional officer. Today, Garofalo is a seven year Sergeant with the Colusa County Sheriff’s Department.
“I work to protect our youth, our residents, and our businesses against the criminals who cause them harm,” said Garofalo, “I was born and raised here, and I will use my experience and knowledge of our county to keep our hard working families safe.”
As sergeant, Garofalo currently manages the department’s communications, fleet purchasing, facilitating background checks, and concealed weapons permits, develops department training applications and prepares the division budget.
Some of Garofalo’s goals include implementing youth outreach services, restarting the department’s explorer program, and re-establishing the GREAT program, and adding an additional school resource officer.
Garofalo hopes deputies will become part of our community.
“I want our officers to step out of their patrol cars and walk the business districts, and introduce themselves,” said Garofalo. “I want the public to know we will always listen to your concerns.”
Garofalo wishes to establish a new division within the department, aptly named the ‘Ag Crime Suppression Unit’.
“Ag crimes is big, and this unit will have a single dedicated investigator to assist with the farmers” said Garofalo, “there will be a single contact who will know their case and will be better able to serve them.”
Full aware of the current gang and drug activities within the county, Garofalo, believes that the most influential way to reduce gang and drug participation is to begin with our youth.
“I believe in investing in our youth,” said Garofalo, “our youth is our future.”
Looking forward, as Colusa County Sheriff, Garofalo plans to keep Colusa County residents safe and informed. Garofalo places an emphasis on families and protecting our rural way of life.
“I started with the Colusa County Sheriff’s Department, and I will retire with the Colusa County Sheriff’s Department,” said Garofalo, “I am committed to the safety of all our families and the future of Colusa County.”
With over 30 years of Law Enforcement experience, Gary Teragawa hopes to improve the quality of life in Colusa County.
“After making Colusa County my home in 2000, I have discovered that it is the best place I have ever lived,” said Teragawa.
A retired California Highway Patrol Commander for the Williams Area, Teragawa has worked in multiple departments where he assumed management, supervisory duties and gained experience in department budgeting.
“In my years of experience, I have seen what works and what doesn’t work,” said Teragawa.
“We need to make changes,” he added “and those changes need to be made slowly and adaptable.”
Teragawa will focus on making the Sheriff’s Department accountable to the public by hosting community forums, inviting the community to voice their concerns with the department. Additionally, Teragawa plans to implement a citizens law enforcement academy, helping citizens to understand what law enforcement can do for them.
“My goal is to provide Colusa County with the highest quality of law enforcement services, attract and retaining quality staff, all while maintaining long term fiscal stability,” said Teragawa.
Teragawa hopes address agriculture crimes by building a positive outreach program with its communities.
Drugs and gangs are a large problem in our county, Teragawa addressed; and he doesn’t foresee them disappearing anytime soon.
“We must start with our youth, and we must start young,” said Teragawa, “high school, junior high, fifth grade is too late, we need to start gang and drug prevention in kindergarten.”
Teragawa also commented that battling the drug and gang problem within our communities requires additional training and drug recognition with the department’s officers.
Looking forward, as Colusa County Sheriff, Teragawa plans to keep the community connected while providing quality customer service beyond expectations.
“Together we can stay connected and join in the successful task of insuring the safe futures of our youth, our families and our future,” said Teragawa.