McDONOUGH — DeKalb County Chief Deputy Reginald B. Scandrett announced he is running for Henry County sheriff.
Scandrett has lived in Henry County for 27 years and was elected Georgia vice president of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives in 2016. He is president of the Summit at Scarborough Homeowners Association, served for eight years as a coach with the Henry County Youth Association Football League and volunteered for four years with the Woodland High School Football Boosters and choral clubs.
As chief deputy of DeKalb County, Scandrett is responsible for all law enforcement operations, including the DeKalb County Jail, Field, Court, Training and Reserves Divisions.
He is running on a platform attacking recidivism. According to Scandrett’s campaign website, he plans to institute inmate treatment programs like “education, vocational training, anger management and drug/alcohol treatment.”
Scandrett also is a proponent of community
policing, which gives law enforcement officers “an opportunity to fully engage and educate communities in a dialogue about their mutual expectations for transparency, accountability and privacy.”
Scandrett started out in 1990 as a detention officer, working his way up the ladder over 25 years. He graduated magna cum laude in criminal justice from St. Leo University. Scandrett also is an alumnus of the Mercer University Public Safety Leadership Institute, the U.S. Department of Justice FBI Defensive Tactics Instructor School and Leadership DeKalb (2014).
Scandrett’s initiatives in DeKalb include an annual multi-jurisdictional Operation Safe Streets Task Force (Operation Safe DeKalb) and a Gang Task Force Unit.
He also created the Metro Atlanta Chief Jailers Group and the Metro Atlanta Public Safety Flag Football League, which gives officers from Henry and other metro counties a place to manage stress, build friendships and raise money for The Gold Shield Foundation, which offers emergency financial support for public safety personnel.
While commander of Georgia’s largest pre-trial adult detention facility, Scandrett managed 3,800 beds, housing an average of 2,200 people per day and over 40,000 detainees per year.
Scandrett is certified in Basic Law Enforcement and jail management and supervision, as well as specialized tactical and operational disciplines including Special Weapons and Tactics operations, SWAT Command, SWAT Hostage Rescue; and In-Custody Death Investigation, among others. He is a Georgia P.O.S.T. certified general instructor and an instructor in Tasertron Electric Law Enforcement Technology, and PPCT Defensive Tactics, Collapsible Baton, and Impact Weapons.
Scandrett is married to his high school sweetheart, Deidree’. They have four children.