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Eric Frey Announces Bid For Owen Sheriff On Republican Party Ticket

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Eric Frey Eric Frey Cunot area resident Eric D. Frey has announced his candidacy on the Republican Party ticket for the office of Owen County Sheriff in the May 2014 Primary Election.

A 1989 graduate of Cloverdale High School, Frey attended Vincennes University in 1989 and 1990 for political science and law enforcement before obtaining a certification in Industrial Spectroscopy from Arizona State University in 1995. He is currently a student at Ivy Tech Community College in Bloomington, pursuing a degree in public safety and fire science.

Frey is a 25-year member of the Cataract Volunteer Fire Department, currently serving as a lieutenant, and is an Indiana Department of Homeland Security fire/arson investigator as well as an emergency medical responder. He is also in his second year as a Marion County firefighter at Wayne Township Volunteer Fire Department in Indianapolis, while also still serving with Cataract.

Frey and wife, Denise, resides on Sandhill Road with his daughter, Kirsten, and stepdaughter, Kayla.

His work history includes stints as a Physical and Chemical Laboratory Technician at Olin Brass in Indianapolis, a Metallurgical and Metallographic Technician at Qualitech Steel LLC in Pittsboro, Indiana, and several positions at Ford Motor Company in Indianapolis, Cook Medical in Spencer. He is currently employed as a CNC mill machinist for fire system pumps at Peerless Pump/Grundfos in Indianapolis.

Frey says he has always looked up to law enforcement officers of the county and admires those who not only perform duties of an officer, but those who go beyond their ‘call of duty.’

“These are the officers that use their position to educate the public of the law’s expectations,” he said. “We can only hope to teach our children the very best that we can about the law. I believe that any police officer can help make a positive impact on the children today.”

He said one of the most constructive programs he took part in as a child was the Indiana State Police’s “Respect For Law Camp” held at Vincennes University, where children were able to experience every aspect of law enforcement.

“If elected, this will be one of my top program objectives for children. Off-duty or reserve officers, with proper communication training, could help change these children’s lives in a positive manner by providing time to discuss problems and situations,” he said. “If elected, I would like to set up a program with the school board to allow students a space within the school to talk one-on-one with an officer. I believe that sometimes a lack of good friends or unsupportive parents could potentially lead to an undesirable behavior in children.”

Crime watch programs are also something Frey sees as an effective way to organize groups of citizens to be proactive in the safety of their community.

“If elected sheriff I will pursue the organization of crime watch programs and ensure that law enforcement is present to hear or communicate pertinent information in those areas,” he added.

Frey also plans, if elected, to conduct a monthly ‘meeting with the sheriff,’ allowing citizens to voice concerns.

“I am aware of the limited number of officers in this county and have developed a strategy to help improve response times of deputies being dispatched,” he said. “I believe this strategy will allow response in a more safe manner with less mechanical damage to the police officer’s vehicle. My goal is to make Owen County the best that it can be, and with your help and support, this goal can become a reality.”

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