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July 1, 2013

Topping throws hat in 2014 Floyd County Sheriff’s race

Major has 25-year history with department

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NEW ALBANY —

He said the varied advancements include technological updates in patrol cars that give officers Internet resources and the option to print documents on the go. 

Topping said the community stands to benefit from electing someone from within the FCSD, like himself.

“There has been several sheriffs that did not come from inside the department, and the department didn’t advance nearly as it did once Sheriff Mills, who had 18 years on, was elected, and he went beyond advancements,” he said.

Topping said that by working closely with the department’s brass, he has gained insights into the agency’s budget and other matters that will allow him to continue what he considers a high standard of policing.

“I see how it is run, and I’ve been shown different aspects that would give me an advantage over some of the other candidates,” Topping said. “I feel like we [the FCSD] are on a high level, and I want to maintain that high level.”

He said he would strive to serve the people who want the next administration to continue the work conducted under Mills’ watch.

Topping said that he has seen Mills make strides that reached farther than any other sheriff he’s worked under.

“I would want to lead the FCSD in a positive direction and maintain the professionalism that has been gained and earned here,” Topping said. “We have a lot of good officers trained in specialized areas that help the community.”

Topping said is in tune with the expectations of the pubic and is willing and able to meet those expectations.

“The people of the community are going to elect the sheriff, and they are wanting somebody that is going to maintain the professionalism and the leadership abilities to run this department,” he said.

Topping said through his police work he has diligently worked to protect the people of Floyd County, and hopes to have the opportunity to do even more for the community as Floyd County’s next sheriff.

“I solved hundreds of crimes in and around the Floyd County area, helping the citizens, trying to give back to them, and now I hope they give back to me,” Topping said.

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