Pitt County Sheriff Looks Back On First Year In Office

By: April Davis/ Lynnette Taylor
By: April Davis/ Lynnette Taylor

One year ago Tuesday, Neil Elks took the oath of office in Pitt County. Sheriff Elks says he puts on the uniform everyday , because he's proud of the office and wants all his deputies to feel like he's one of them.

"I have to constantly remind myself that I am the sheriff. I still think I'm a detective or captain, so I don't want it to ever go to my head that I'm the sheriff and I'm the big dog and can do what I want to do. I want to take part. I want to answer calls, I want to be out with the men. I want to have a true feeling of what's going on in the community," said Sheriff Elks.

One of the biggest issues Sheriff Elks says the department has had to overcome is the perception of his office after the previous administration's handling of the Michelle Pollard case. She was a former lieutenant who has been found negligent in the wrongful death of her husband.


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  • by Anonymous on Jan 4, 2012 at 06:34 AM
    How much did it cost to re design the cars? They were fine the way they were but we have to spend money doing a different design....
  • by management on Dec 8, 2011 at 03:00 PM
    When companies adopt vehicle tracking, fleet operating costs drop quickly and significantly. Tracking brings accountability, which improves driver behavior, reduces labor costs, vehicle wear-and-tear, maintenance and fuel costs are reduced. Fleet tracking virtually eliminates speeding, excessive idling and unnecessary vehicle usage thereby reducing fuel consumption, Case studies report an average fuel savings of 15% per vehicle. Vehicle tracking improves driver productivity, and fleet efficiency. better productivity better fuel saving lower maintance cost equals good management practices.
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      by ???? on Dec 8, 2011 at 09:18 PM in reply to management
      15% in fuel savings. How long will that take to make up the cost. Thats like spending 32 MIL. on a jail for the FEDS. How long will that take too.
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        by Anonymous on Dec 9, 2011 at 04:15 AM in reply to ????
        32 mil on a jail, lets see that was built prior to Elks, 15% fuel plus maintance cost savings and holding empoyees accountable to their jobs. shouldn't take long. If the Sheriff's fuel budget is $500,000, 15% savings would be $75,000 first year. Figure that one out.
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          by ???? on Dec 9, 2011 at 10:04 AM in reply to
          60,000 a year for the program and services required. A long time!!!! I did figure that one out.
  • by Just do you job on Dec 8, 2011 at 10:05 AM
    This is for “Hamsandwich”. Can you please put half the effort into your work instead of sitting up here complaining. I am tired of taking up your slack. Better yet, find another job and we will all be better off.
  • by pay Location: Attention on Dec 8, 2011 at 09:52 AM
    It cost about 350,000 to install those gps another 60,000 a year for the program and services required. The roof of the jail is covered in solar panels at about 5,000 a piece. Why do they need flat screen tv's scattered throught the office. Why does kevin need 71,000 a year to be an "advisor". They went so broke they had to take a loan from a private citizen to pay trademart for gas and wont give a cost of living increase But will buy all that. Hes a joke and has failed at running the department.
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      by Anonymous on Dec 8, 2011 at 02:40 PM in reply to pay
      private citizen loaning Sheriff's Office money to pay trade mart. Now thats funny. Sounds like you are just trying to stir up stuff.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 8, 2011 at 07:48 AM
    Truck drivers.i am sure the Pitt Co is not the only police dept in the state.Like I said befor we got ECU Greenville pd pcmh all the towns in Pitt co go pick one if you got it so bad.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 8, 2011 at 04:41 AM
    There are alot of jobs who track employees.Welcome to 2011.
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      by Anonymous on Dec 8, 2011 at 05:43 AM in reply to
      Name them?
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        by Anonymous on Dec 8, 2011 at 07:10 AM in reply to
        Farmville pd, Greenville PD, ECU PD, UPS, State of NC and the list continues.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 7, 2011 at 08:03 PM
    For the employees that are whinning about the GPS, Sheriff Elks is making sure the tax payers get what they pay for, we expect you to work, not sit at home all day. Good job Sheriff keep up the good work.
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      by :-) on Dec 7, 2011 at 10:13 PM in reply to
      So you are saying Neil does not trust his employees. I was thinking GPS monitoring was for crooks. OOPS Did I speak the truth.
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        by Anonymous on Dec 8, 2011 at 05:24 AM in reply to :-)
        you were thinking wrong, alot of jobs track employees now to include alot of law enforcement agencies. It makes good sense.
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          by Anonymous on Dec 8, 2011 at 05:46 AM in reply to
          There's a difference between using the GPS for good and using it for bad. You have to trust your guys to do the job and not be obsessed with controlling everything.
  • by Justic on Dec 7, 2011 at 07:37 PM
    I'm sure that Sheriff Elks is proud of the response made by ALL the Greenville LEAs on the tragic afternoon of 16 November, and I'm also sure he is proud of the level of training, discernment, and appropriate use of force that led to the original response to this horrific event. The rest of us sure are...
  • by wow... on Dec 7, 2011 at 04:44 PM
    So, you're mad that he took your radar guns and he put GPS units in the cars? So what if the county doesn't pull speeders? How about being man enough to go fight real crime instead of trying to pretend you have a backbone by stopping that horrible speeder? And you're mad that you have a GPS so you can't go home and hide all day like you used to with Mac? Elks is doing a fine job. The only thing he should've done differently is fire all these whiny momma's boys who log in to various sites and post how bad it is to be gainfully employed. Shut up and do your job or just stay home, your choice.
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      by baconsandwich on Dec 7, 2011 at 06:46 PM in reply to wow...
      So you're telling me when you go to work you are being tracked like a dog? That horrible speeder may be that person that just broke into your home. But wait, don't pull him, make sure you patrol the neighborhoods. Don't pro-act, just re-act. So why don't you define "real" crime? Oh yeah you don't can't, you only assume.
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        by JusticeForAll on Dec 7, 2011 at 07:45 PM in reply to baconsandwich
        "Proactive Policing" is just politically-correct language for a Police State. LEOs CANNOT prevent crime. They cannot "keep people safe". They have no duty or legal obligation to do ANY of those things. They are tasked with investigating crimes AFTER the happen, apprehending suspects, and maintaining public order. It is the job of the CITIZENS to prevent crime--by taking care of their children properly, by keeping their neighborhoods nice, and by DEFENDING THEMSELVES against criminals, thugs, and other undesirable elements. Wake up people. The police are NOT there to wipe your noses and keep the boogeyman away, they are there to draw chalk outlines, string up crime scene tape, and catch criminals AFTER the fact. Any cop who thinks he can "prevent crime" is either a naive fool or a dangerous tyrannical sociopath--NEITHER of which are desirable traits for a cop...
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        by Anonymous on Dec 7, 2011 at 07:48 PM in reply to baconsandwich
        Are you a state trooper or a sheriff
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          by baconsandwich on Dec 8, 2011 at 06:05 AM in reply to
          Neither, I know how the job works unlike most of the people that post comments. Just because someone does not work with in law enforcement does not mean they're ignorant to the way it works. Law Enforcement is used as a deterrent to crime not a preventive measure. The citizens are the first step in preventing crime. In Pitt County there are about 168,000 people. About 70,000 live outside of the city limits of each town with in the county. There about 50 to 55 deputies assigned to patrol the county roads. That would come up to about 1400 people per deputy they would have to look after. And on top of that the county is about 650 square miles. If the math is right, that comes out to be 1 deputy per 12 square miles. That's the equivalent to 1 deputy per 1/2 of a Greenville. Explain how law enforcement can prevent crime?
  • by Mac on Dec 7, 2011 at 01:59 PM
    He tuk ur jeb!
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      by Anonymous on Dec 7, 2011 at 04:02 PM in reply to Mac
      great grammer, just you are a 1st grade drop out
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