Scott County sheriff candidates outline approach to guns and drugs

Tim Lane and Peter Bawden offer different ideas and priorities

By Jim Niedelman |

Published 10/09 2016 10:57AM

Updated 10/09 2016 10:57AM

A lot of big decisions will be made on November eighth.

You know the big names for president as well as the Senate races in Iowa and Illinois.

Another one that revolves around your safety isn't seeing a lot of money spent on television advertising.

That's the race for Scott County sheriff.

It's a choice between Lieutenant Tim Lane and Deputy Peter Bawden. Lane is the Republican in the race. Bawden is a Democrat. 

Both have extensive careers in law enforcement and currently work for the Scott County Sheriff's Office.

Tim Lane has 27 years of experience with the department and started as a corrections officer. He's in charge of the day shift patrol as well as the drug enforcement unit. Lane also completed the FBI national academy program.

Peter Bawden has served the Davenport Police Department as well as the sheriff's office over 18 years. He's done extensive work undercover investigating illegal drugs and guns cases. Bawden is also the detective of the sex offender registry.

Lieutenant Tim Lane and Deputy Peter Bawden shared their law enforcement approach during an appearance on 4 the Record.

They both know each other and work well together, but want voters to decide the race rather than settling it by arm wrestling.

Lane says he'd win that contest.

Both candidates expressed what they think are the three biggest threats to public safety in Scott County.

Lane says patrol, investigations and the Scott County Jail are his focus points.

"That's what, as sheriff, I intend to do a better job with," said Lt. Tim Lane.

"We've had quite a few drunk driving fatality accidents. I think increased enforcement and safety education will bring those numbers down," said Deputy Peter Bawden.

Bawden added that illegal drugs and gun violence are the other two big threats to the community.

To that end, both explained how they would address the issue of gun violence and bring it under control.

"I do believe that we need to be able to engage in pursuit," Bawden said.

Bawden thinks deputies are limited in what they can do by the current law.

Lane says officers are often busy with calls and that doesn't give them enough time to be proactive. He agreed with Bawden.

"We need to stop these people before the shooting actually happens," Lane said. "We need to be able to pursue these individuals."

Drug abuse continues to be a problem nationally and the Quad Cities. The rising heroin epidemic is a big part of that. Both men have their own approaches to the drug issue.

"It's a national problem and it affects us," Lane said. "It is not going away."

Lane says he'd like deputies to carry Narcan to be able to treat people experiencing an overdose immediately. He says mental health treatment also needs to be part of the solution rather than incarceration.

Bawden supports increasing rehab programs in the jail for people who are currently incarcerated.

"I'd like to offer more of an outpatient in the jail, rather than keeping them incarcerated," Bawden said.

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