2014 Annual Report

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Barron County Sheriff’s Department 2014 Annual Report

Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald

It is an honor and privilege to present the 2014 Annual Report. 2014 was a very busy year for the Sheriff’s Department with several major incidents. Some of the incidents included the Jared Brendel incidents in the Dallas area which lead to us returning gun fire after he shot at our deputies, the bank robbery at Dairy State Bank in Haugen and assisting with the capture of the bank robber from the Sterling Bank robbery in Rice Lake during the Barron County Fair. And most importantly is that each of our deputies returned home safe every day.

Budget Per Year

2015 – 7.55 million

2014 – 7.23 Million

2013 – 7.04 Million

2012 – 7.04 Million

Personnel Per Year

2015 – 76

2014 – 75

2013 – 75

2012 – 75

2015 Goals

  • Continue to look at new technology to make our deputy’s jobs safer and more efficient
  • Continue to develop our School Liaison Position
  • Expand our Citizens Academy
  • Work on new ways to combat the drug and alcohol issues in the county
  • Continue to be involved in our communities across the county
  • Develop a partnership with Lakeview Medical Center and use of the traffic simulator

Accidents Per Year

Of the 2014 accidents; 264 were property damage, 106 were injury and 3 fatal.

2014
373
3 fatal

2008
382
10 fatal

2013
453
5 fatal

2007
393
5 fatal

2012
362
4 fatal

2011
311
3 fatal

2010
350
5 fatal

2009
373
10 fatal

Operating While Intoxicated (OWI)

102 people arrested for 0WI including 1 snowmobile OWI and 3 ATV OWIs. Of the 102 – 17 were female. Youngest person arrested was 17 and oldest was 67. Time of arrests ranged from 3:56 a.m. to bar closing hours. OWI’s in 2013 were 82; increase of 20 total OWI arrests from 2013 to 2014.

The chart below shows the number of arrests by day of the week.

Monday – 6

Sunday – 33

Tuesday – 11

Wednesday – 9

Thursday – 6

Friday – 12

Saturday – 25

Traffic Data

Number of traffic stops in 2014 were 1580.
Number of citations issued in 2014 were 1351.
Number of traffic stops in 2013 were 1810 and 2013 citations were 1740.

Animal Control

The Animal Control Deputy had 268 contacts for animal related calls and issued 18 citations for licensing and animals at large.

Recreation Deputy

Snow 2013/2014
253 hours billed of which 167 were patrol hours and the remainder were administrative/grant hours.
165 contacts – 14 warnings, 14 citations
Reimbursed $15,315.35

Water 2014
105 hours billed of which 54 were patrol hours and the remainder were administrative/grant hours.
144 contacts – 11 warnings, 3 citations
Reimbursed $8,630.48

ATV 2012/2013
454 hours billed of which 367 were patrol hours and the remainder were administrative/grant hours.
618 contacts – 22 warnings, 14 citations
Reimbursed $25,343.94

Trail Work Grants – Ongoing Maintenance Grants $137,514.50, 4 new grants for $461,458.00.

Total cases per year

2014 – 1304

2013 – 1156

2012 – 1359

2011 – 1372

Vehicles

28 squads, Drug Unit Van, Swat Bus, Mobile Command Center Emergency Management Vehicle/School/Spare Car, motorcycle, 2 snowmobiles, 2 UTV and 2 Boats

Process Service

2014 Sheriff Sales – 75

2014 – 1489

2013 – 1382

2012 – 1652

2011 – 1641

Drug Cases

Above are the Criminal Cases that went to the DA’s Office, not including in these are the cases the patrol division handled or cases that were issued citations. In 2014, there were 22 drug search warrants executed on residences.

In 2014, the sheriff’s department spent $10,000 on drug buy money for the above listed cases. This funding is not tax payer dollars and is funded through court ordered forfeitures and seizures. In 2014, the monetary seizures totaled $15,357.

In November 2011, the Barron County Sheriff’s Department installed a 24/7 drop box for unused/expired prescription drugs and has already been a huge success to keep the citizens safe.


 Text to Tip Line

In January 2011, the Barron County Sheriff’s Department along with Barron County Safe and Stable Families started an anonymous text to tip line. We received 131 tips in 2014 vs 82 tips in 2013.

The Sheriff’s Department also started a Facebook page in 2011 as a way to get information out quickly and keep the public informed. Facebook has been a very effective tool in law enforcement from recruiting applicants to solving crimes. We have 5299 followers.

In February of 2014, we launched a new website that has received 4,323,007 hits and 54,582 unique visitors. This again has been a great tool for us and interacts automatically with our Facebook and Twitter accounts.


 Dispatch

2014
911 calls – 16956 / 46.5 per day

CAD’s – 60540 / 165.8 per day

2013
911 calls – 14526 / 39.8 per day

CAD’s – 56371 / 154.4 per day

2012
911 calls – 14034 / 38.4 per day

CAD’s – 56151 / 153.8 per day

2011
911 calls – 15594 / 42 per day

CAD’s – 41938 / 114.9 per day

Jail

Jail bookings per year

Year
Total
Male
Female

Year
Total
Male
Female

2014
2193
1663
530

2009
2163
1710
453

2013
1984
1585
399

2012
2305
1815
490

2011
2288
1853
435

2010
2164
1738
426

During 2014, there was 7895.5 inmate worker hours. Total hours include work in the jail kitchen, jail laundry, cleaning in the jail, washing squad cars, jail library and assisting maintenance with yard maintenance and snow removal.

Fee’s
Daily Maintenance Fee
Booking Fee
Nurse Fee

Collected
$36,639.37
$3,110.42
$1,142.78

Underage Drinking Citations

2014               30           (includes 3 adult permit/underage drinking)
2013               39
2012               105
2011               63


Emergency Response Team (ERT)

8 Total Call Outs
2 Barricaded Subjects
1 High Risk Search Warrant
5 High Risk Fugitive Warrants

Team consists of 1 Commander, 10 Entry, 3 Snipers, 2 Negotiators, and 4 Tactical Medics.  Members of the team are 13 Sheriff’s Department personnel, along with 1 from Rice Lake Police Department Officer, 1 from Wisconsin State Patrol, 1 from St. Croix Tribal Police Department and 4 tactical medics from Lakeview Medical Center.


 Grants 2014

County Law Enforcement – $16,217
County/Tribal Law Enforcement – $13,917

Thank you for your time in reading this report and as stated we are looking forward to an even safer 2015.

Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald