Lane Perry wants a fourth 4-year term as Henry County's sheriff, and at an event announcing his campaign, he cited statistics about his department’s record for clearing crimes.
“Our clearance rate for reported crimes from Jan 1, 2016, through Dec 31, 2018, is 49%. The state average is 28%,” Perry said. “In 2017-2019 there have been 34 SWAT [Special Weapons And Tactics] operations.
“From Jan 1, 2006, to present, there have been 58 homicides and we have cleared 54 of these. That is a clearance rate of 93%. The state average is 60.8%, and the national average is 62.9%.” “From Jan 1, 2016 to present, our Henry County Sheriff’s Office Drug Investigation unit has arrested or indicted over 200 people on over 530 drug-related charges. They also executed 17 narcotics search warrants and assisted with others. They seized over $211,000 in currency, 22 automobiles, 4 motorcycles, and 6 ATV’s. In the same time frame, our Patrol unit, SRO’s [school resource officers], and others have arrested for 500 drug offenses with 349 cleared and 313 of those cleared by arrest, which gives a 69.8% clearance rate.
“We’ve taken care of about 300 inmates and maintained the third-lowest operating cost in the state for the last 3 years.”
Perry was appointed interim sheriff in 2006, after former sheriff H. Frank Cassell and several other former officers were indicted in federal court on charges they conspired to deal drugs.
Perry was elected to a full term as sheriff in 2007 and was re-elected again in 2011 and 2015.
At his announcement Perry said his department has strong working relationships with other law enforcement agencies in the region.
“I have attended over 140 community meetings,” he said, adding that Neighborhood Watch groups have been formed. He said he also has attended meetings of the Drug-Free MHC Coalition.
“We use asset forfeiture [to seize assets related to criminal charges and use that to generate revenue], so we don’t have to ask citizens for extra money,” he said.