Candidates for Prince George's Sheriff were asked the following questions by The Washington Post:
Law Enforcement: Should the sheriff have greater law enforcement powers?
Corrections: Should there be a closer relationship between the sheriff's department and the county corrections department? If so, to what extent?
James V. Alvisi (D), (Incumbent) 36, of 14103 Rectory La., Upper Marlboro, has been county sheriff since 1978. He joined the Sheriff's Department in 1967 and before being elected sheriff had attained the rank of captain.
Law Enforcement: The duties of my office are governed by state law. As an elected official, I feel the citizens of Prince George's County should voice their will in response to this question. I must say, however, that one of the major issues in this campaign deals with the safety of the citizens of this county. We also have serious financial problems which prevent the county from hiring the number of police officers needed to get an upper hand on crime. Based on the above circumstances, I feel that the Sheriff's Department has the responsibility to provide the needed assistance to the citizens or any public safety agency to help keep Prince George's County a safe place to live or do business in.
Corrections: The present relationship between the Department of Corrections and the Sheriff's Department seems to be working well. My staff is available to aid the Department of Corrections whenever they require help. Presently, we transport several hundred prisoners yearly to various locations for the Department of Corrections and on a few occasions assist them with searches in the county detention center. We constantly exchange information with the Department of Corrections and are presently working to recapture the remaining escapees, six of which are already in custody to date.
George Albert Underwood (D), of 7817 Jordan Park Blvd., Forrestville. The candidate did not respond to the Washington Post questionnarie.