NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Soon, East Texas counties will be welcoming new officials as a result of the elections in November. East Texas News talked with the Nacogdoches County Sheriff-elect Jason Bridges and his new chief deputy, Stephen Godfrey about how they plan to fight crime once they take office.
"We're very excited about the future," Bridges said. "We're very excited about the possibilities we can do to make a change."
A big change will come in five days when Jason Bridges takes over as the new sheriff of Nacogdoches County. Bridges is currently serving as the Constable for Precinct 4, and he has more than 20 years of law enforcement experience.
When Bridges moves into the Sheriff's Office on January first, the crackdown on drugs will be one of his primary goals."
"I know the problems that are in our community; I see it on a daily basis," Bridges said. "I care about our citizens, and I care about our children."
Bridges said his new chief deputy is going to play an essential right in the fight against drugs. Godfrey, who has plenty of experience cracking down on narcotics, is ready for his new role.
"We're also looking to stay up with the current trends," Godfrey said. "Not only of narcotic trafficking through our county, but also in the residual area of our county."
They both feel their efforts to wipe out drugs will knock out other crimes as well.
"It's proven statistically that over 70 percent of all crime is narcotic related," Godfrey said. "I believe that the enforcement of narcotics in the community will begin to open the door for other crimes."
Bridges said his future changes and plans will only happen with proper guidance.
"It's going to come with leadership," Bridges said. "It's going to come with structure we are going to provide, and it's going to come with training our law enforcement officers, so they can better serve our citizens. We have to be more involved in knowing our citizens and being out in our community."