Watch Our Video Above – Get To Know Sheriff Holland
Hello—I am Sheriff Robert Holland. It has been an honor and a privilege to serve as your sheriff for the past 16 years—and to have spent my career serving YOU for the past 27 years at YOUR Sheriff’s Office. It’s been personal to me. It’s been my passion. This is my home, and as many of you have done or are currently doing, it is where I am raising my family. Just as you, I want our community to be the safest community around and we strive daily to achieve that goal.
We can be proud of the many ways that your Sheriff’s Office has been enhanced and improved under my leadership. Since beginning my career in law enforcement, I have been committed to making a positive difference in the community in which I live and serve. I have focused on partnering with the community and developing proactive initiatives while remaining tough on crime.
While I have accomplished much as your sheriff, there is still work to be done. I, along with the dedicated men and women of the Macon County Sheriff’s Office, remain as committed as ever to keeping our community a great and safe place to live.
Holding the office of Sheriff is a huge responsibility, one that I take very seriously. I am a seasoned law enforcement officer with a full understanding of the skills that are necessary to carry out the duties of this position. I have the knowledge and experience to keep YOUR Sheriff’s Office moving in the RIGHT direction.
Learn more about our campaign or how you can help by visiting our website at HollandForSheriff.com
Thank you and I am respectfully asking for your vote in November or when the early voting process begins.
When first elected as Sheriff, Holland organized the Macon County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit in order to make a better effort at targeting drugs in OUR county. Prior to establishing this unit, narcotics officers participated in a task force that served all of western North Carolina and was active in each county for only a few months at a time. These efforts proved to be a positive change, as drug arrests increased dramatically. While Sheriff Holland created his own drug unit, the Sheriff’s office continues to work with agencies outside Macon County at the local, state, and federal level on a daily basis. This is because Sheriff Holland realizes criminals do not care about jurisdictional boundaries or where the county line begins or ends.
Sheriff Holland has established a three-pronged approach to fighting drugs:
- Prevention (partnering with the school system and various agencies to inform our youth and our community as a whole about the dangers of drugs and addiction—also establishing numerous initiatives to enhance the safety of our county)
- Intervention (partnering with mental health providers and addiction treatment programs to connect addicts with the help they need—such as the Prime for Life Program and the Second Chance Program, both offered in the Macon County Sheriff’s Office Detention Center.)
- Tough on crime (conducting aggressive operations such as the Highway Interdiction program, numerous undercover narcotics investigations, Operation Jaw Breaker, Operation Thunderstruck, and others which have most recently yielded high numbers of arrests.)
Patrol | Investigations | Detention | K9 | Courthouse Security/Civil Process Unit
Under Sheriff Holland’s leadership, communication and cooperation between the various units within the Sheriff’s Office and with other agencies have been improved. Meetings at shift change between supervisors have been established to keep lines of communication open for every shift. Command staff meetings also take place on a daily basis in an effort to be in a constant state of improvement. The number of officers on patrol for each shift has been increased and community-based patrolling has been established to deter crime.
Sheriff Holland has established specialized units in an effort to provide more effective and efficient investigation of specific crimes.
There are 3 units within Investigations:
- Special Victims Unit — dealing with Juvenile Investigations and Crimes against Children as well as Domestic Violence
- Narcotics Unit — conducting investigations and operations targeting drugs in Macon County
- Property Crime Unit — investigation of breaking and entering, larceny, fraud, etc.
The investigators within these three units now receive specialized training in their field of expertise. Through this approach, arrests have increased and better services to you, the citizens are available.
Under Sheriff Holland’s leadership, a focus has been placed on the medical and mental health needs of inmates in an effort to reduce recidivism.
Holland has established more in-service training for detention officers to keep them up to date on policies, procedures, and laws pertaining to incarceration.
Building security has also been enhanced through the installation of more cameras and up to date equipment.
Sheriff Holland has also assigned more detention officers per shift to provide adequate officer and inmate safety.
MCSO K9 Unit
Under Sheriff Holland’s leadership, our K9 program has been enhanced to allow the agency to be more proactive in the fight against drugs. The K9 Unit went from one K9 assigned to the Patrol Unit to four and we are looking to expand that number even higher. This has been financially accomplished through the support of local businesses and organizations.
Our K9’s are trained in-house and each of them receives their certification through a nationally recognized organization instead of through a private vendor as previously done. This allows the tax dollars saved to be utilized in other needed areas or advancement of the unit.
Since 2013, $65,900 have been seized in drug investigations and over $302,000 in street value of narcotics have been confiscated. At the conclusion of court proceedings, this money goes directly to the county to be used for future investigations. In addition over 3,000 seizures of drug paraphernalia have been accomplished through the utilization of our highly trained K-9 units.
Courthouse Security/Civil Process Unit
Sheriff Holland established a more advanced Courthouse Security and Civil Process Unit in an effort for it to be more professional and as its own specialized unit. Sheriff Holland felt this was important to have the Unit formed in this manner since it deals with such a wide variety of our county’s citizenry. This would keep the MCSO from only having officers assigned as bailiffs who may not be adequately trained or equipped to handle the needs of the citizens or for the staff working within the various agencies inside the courthouse or courtroom settings. This specialized unit takes care of the daily business as it relates to the multiple courts in session as well as delivery of all civil documents and subpoenas.
From Civil Court proceedings to Superior Court trials the halls can be filled and ensure a safe environment for the public, the employees within the courthouse, and for court officials is a top priority.
For the last year, a group of dedicated public servants from various agencies within the courthouse has been convening to discuss ways to make the courthouse an even safer location in which to conduct business. Under the direction of Superior Court Judge Bill Coward and Sheriff Holland, the County Manager and Commissioners have conducted numerous meetings to give input about any security concerns. Moving forward, this group will explore ways to enhance safety even further at the least possible expense to taxpayers.
Re-elect Sheriff Robert Holland
Please vote to Re-elect Sheriff Holland on November 6 or when early voting begins and keep your Sheriff’s Office moving in the RIGHT direction!