Crime Victims United unanimously endorses Jeff Dirkse in Stanislaus County sheriff’s race

Crime Victims United of California — one of the country’s most respected and effective community safety advocates – has endorsed Jeff Dirkse in his campaign to become Stanislaus County’s next sheriff.
Crime Victims United is a bipartisan group that includes victims of crime as well as law enforcement officials, legal professionals and others who work to protect and enhance public safety. The organization works to promote “effective crime prevention measures and strengthen the rights of crime victims.”
“Based on your strong philosophical support for our issues, we have unanimously endorsed your campaign,” CVU Chairwoman Harriet Salarno wrote in a May 1 letter to Dirkse. “We look forward to your victory and appreciate your support for victims of crime.” 
Dirkse is a Stanislaus County sheriff’s lieutenant. For the past three years, he has been assigned as the police chief in Patterson. He also is a West Point graduate and former Army Ranger who received a Bronze Star for his leadership while commanding a 120-man National Guard unit in the Iraq War. 
Crime Victims United was founded in 1990 and is based in Auburn. It provides direct assistance and support to victims of crime and their families, while helping to prevent future victims by working with children and youth and supporting law enforcement nationwide.
Crime Victims United joins a growing list of individuals, associations and others affiliated with law enforcement supporting Dirkse in the June 5 election. 
Retiring Sheriff Adam Christianson has endorsed Dirkse, as have the two previous Stanislaus County sheriff – Les Weidman and Jim Trevena. In addition, Dirkse’s diverse base of support includes seven law enforcement unions representing more than 600 local professionals, all five members of the county Board of Supervisors, dozens of other elected officials, and hundreds of business and community leaders from across the county.