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February 19, 2018

Former detective Chris Winslow files for Buncombe County Sheriff

Retired Buncombe County Sheriff Detective Chris Winslow has filed for the office of Buncombe County Sheriff.

“I have officially filed for the 2018 Buncombe County Sheriff race. After years of serving as a detective for the department, I believe I can move our county in a positive direction as we seek a new chapter in the department’s history.”

Detective Winslow has worked in law enforcement for nearly thirty years and was a member of the Buncombe County Sheriff Department for 7 years, where he was awarded the Medal of Valor from Sheriff Van Duncan. Detective Winslow retired in 2014.

Winslow has also worked as a volunteer fireman at the Reems Creek Fire Department for over 27 years. He is now a lieutenant there, and also works as a smoke chaser for the North Carolina Forest Service.

He is also a United States Army veteran and a graduate of Western Carolina University’s Criminal Justice Program where he earned his Bachelors Degree in 2006.

He has been married to his wife Michelle for 30 years and is a big animal lover.

“As I was signing my name today, a quote by Gordon B. Hinckley came to mind when he said, ‘Being humble means recognizing that we are not on earth to see how important we can become, but to see how much difference we can make in the lives of others.’ By signing my name, I promise you that together we can bring about great change.”

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September 24, 2017

Former Undercover Narcotics Officer Chris Winslow Holds Town Hall Meeting On Heroin and Opioid Epidemic

Chris Winslow, former Buncombe County Sheriff Narcotics Detective, and Candidate for Buncombe County Sheriff, held a Town Hall Meeting on Heroin and Opioid abuse last Tuesday, September 26th at the Riceville Fire Department.

Over 30 people attended the event where Winslow discussed his plans to lower the number of Heroin and Opioid overdoses in Buncombe County. Winslow pointed out how large amounts of prescribed pain killers have led to normal, everyday people becoming addicted to Opioid based pills. Once addicted, these people often turn to Heroin, which is a cheaper, more accessible replacement.

Winslow, who spent a good part of his career as an undercover narcotics detective, also discussed his plans to stop these dealers when he is elected Sheriff of Buncombe County. “I will go after the pill and heroin dealers who decide to do business in our county. I will use everything I’ve learned as a narcotics detective to put them behind bars where they belong. If you want to prey on innocent victims, then I’ll put you in jail. I will make this epidemic my largest priority.”

In attendance was a nurse who works at a local hospital. She spoke about the enormous impact this epidemic is having on our community, as well as the medical care workers who are overwhelmed with overdoses of these often, very young people.  In the audience were also family members of overdose victims. One woman told the story of her daughter secretly fighting to get help, going to rehabilitation facilities without anyone in the family knowing of her battle. The young daughter of the woman eventually lost her fight, when she died of an accidental overdose.

Chris Winslow would like to thank The Riceville Fire Department and all of those who attended. He believes we must continue to discuss this most troubling issue and plans on holding other Town Hall Meetings throughout Buncombe County in the future.

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June 22, 2017

Buncombe Sheriff Candidate Will Take Department In A New Direction When It Comes To Fighting Drugs

Retired Buncombe County Detective and Sheriff candidate Chris Winslow is proposing a new direction when it comes to prioritization of drug arrests made by The Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office.

“Yesterdays report from The Guardian, about Opioid use in America, told me something I already knew. We have an enormous problem in Western North Carolina with Heroin and Opioid based addictions. This is a disaster. After retiring as a law enforcement officer and having worked in narcotics, I have to say I have seen people at the lowest point in their lives and am dismayed that the abuse of Heroin and Opioids has risen to this level. This recent report, taken from data provided by the U.S. Government, shows North Carolina as number two when it comes to Heroin and Opioid abuse. Our neighbor Georgia was ranked number one. This shows that more people living in our region are reaching this low more than ever before. Rates of Opioid use and hospitalization have doubled in the last decade. Overdosed patients are filling our hospitals and mortuaries. People’s homes are being broken in to, so addicts can subsidize their habits, meanwhile, officers are arresting people for simple possession of marijuana.

We must immediately spend more of the department’s time and resources going after the dealers who are providing our mountains with Heroin and Opioids. We have spent years fighting The Drug War, believing that if we throw more money at the problem, it will go away. With recent budget restraints placed on The BCSO, we must find new ways to attack this epidemic.

In prioritizing our drug investigations, I believe we need to take a better look at the time we spend arresting citizens for marijuana. I don’t like the stuff, and I’ve spent my career putting people in jail for it, but I believe now is the time to apply common sense when it comes to drug arrests. We must focus on keeping all drugs out of our schools, including marijuana, but we must also focus on the BIG PICTURE.
In re-prioritizing our resources, we can focus on this Heroin and Opioid tragedy that has left so many families in despair.”

Chris Winslow

The Guardian
https://www.google.com/#q=opioid+use+up+99+in+decade

 

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May 17, 2017

Chris Winslow Announces His Run Buncombe County Sheriff

Retired sheriff detective Chris Winslow has announced his bid for Buncombe County Sheriff.

“I have officially thrown my hat into the 2018 Buncombe County Sheriff race. After years of serving as a detective for the department, I believe I can move our county in a positive direction as we seek a new chapter in the departments history.”

Detective Winslow has worked in law enforcement for nearly thirty years and was a member of The Buncombe County Sheriff Department for 7 years, where he retired in 2014.

Winslow has also worked as a volunteer fireman at The Reems Creek Fire Department for over 27 years. He is now a Lieutenant there, and also works as a smoke chaser for The North Carolina Forest Service.

He is also a United States Army veteran and a graduate of Western Carolina Universities Criminal Justice Program where he earned his Bachelors Degree in 2006.

He has been married to his wife Michelle for 29 years and is a big animal lover.

“As the campaign progresses, I hope to meet with a diverse group of voters throughout our county. And after listening to their concerns, I hope to finish my extensive plan for moving the department and Buncombe County citizens into the future.”