My goal is to help prevent crime, in order to do that we have to understand why crime happens in the first place. We must address the issues facing our community and make sure every agency in Pender County is on the same page with the same common goal. That goal being, make this county a place where everyone can thrive while feeling safe and comfortable.
We must tackle issues like poverty, access to mental healthcare and lack of economic and educational opportunities. Our poverty rating is around 18% in Pender County, the national rating is 12.7% , we know that poverty equals crime. We also know that people not having access to things like mental healthcare and drug treatment programs greatly impacts the amount of crime that we are going to see.
We, that means all of us together, are going to work on correcting these problems within our community. Its time to end the revolving door of incarceration that cost tax payers money, to do this we have to implement some new programs that give people the tools they need to be productive members of society. When someone is brought in by a Pender County deputy we want to make sure they are going to leave in better shape than when they came in, with resources that are going to lower the chances of them returning to crime. That is how we keep our county and our officers safe. Help is on the way!
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Lawrence Fennell is a father and husband. He has served with Sampson County Sheriff's Office for 10 years. Fennell is a Pender County native who was born in Brooklyn, New York but moved to Willard, North Carolina, where he attended and graduated from Pender High School in Burgaw, North Carolina.
Fennell plays a vital role in his community. He is an active member of Newkirk Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, which he serves as a Sunday school teacher. Fennell grew up in Willard, North Carolina, where he worked on the farm with his father (Horace Fennell) alongside his mother (Vanese B. Fennell), who retired from Pender County Sheriff’s Office.