Candidate for Sheriff, Karl Bickel, holds more than 40 years of experience in law enforcement in Washington, D.C. and here in Frederick County.
“I’ve spent a wonderful career, I’m retired right now, so my mission is to right the ship, so to speak,” explained democratic candidate for the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office, Karl Bickel.
Bickel was a street cop and detective in the district and also served at the Chief of Law Enforcement Operations at the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office.
This marks Bickel’s third consecutive run against incumbent Sheriff Chuck Jenkins, but admits his first race in 2010 never fully got off the ground.
That didn’t stop him for pursuing the office in 2014, and again this year after defeat.
“No one else was stepping up to the plate. And there wasn’t really anyone else who could probably win an election in Frederick County. And sadly enough the issues in 2014 are still the issues today,” Bickel says.
Bickel says his number one priority for law enforcement in the county is the opioid crisis that since January has taken the lives of 42 residents and seen 213 overdoses.
“The number of deaths keep going up, the number of overdoses keeps going up, but yet the drug task force doesn’t increase in size. We need more people working on the problem within the sheriff’s office,” Bickel argues.
Bickel’s campaign is also running on a focus for increased school safety in light of recent national shootings.
He does not support arming teachers nor school staff, instead he argues for hiring more school resource officers and support training.
“[We want to] support the school system in providing training for the guidance counselors, the school administrators, teachers, and your school resource officers in training them to be able identify students at risk,” Bickel explained.
Bickel is also concerned with the current sheriff’s office for what he describes as poor leadership.
WDVM will have a report on Bickel’s republican opponent, Sheriff Chuck Jenkins, next week.