Barron County Sheriff’s Dept

2015 Annual Report

2015 was another safe year at the Barron County Sheriff’s Department.  New technology was introduced with the addition of the drone, an additional K-9 team was added and we took part in several public relations activities to include the 1st Annual 5K Cops & Robbers Donut Dash, Shop with a Cop, National Night Out and many local municipal festivals.  Our Emergency Response Team was utilized on several occasions with longer call outs in area counties.  2015 saw an increase in alcohol violations by adults and juveniles and the drug world remains active.  Overall 2015 showed a slight decrease in accidents and 911 calls to our dispatch center.  Most importantly, every one of our staff went home to their families at the end of each shift.

 

Budget in     2016 – 7.53 million                  2015 – 7.55 million                                         2013 – 7.04 Million

                                                                            2014 – 7.23 million                                         2012 – 7.04 Million

                              

Personnel -  78 in 2016                                  76 in 2015                                                        75 in 2013

                       (Add’t pt in Patrol & Jail)         75 in 2014                                                        75 in 2012

                      

2016 goals

·        Implement the new squad and body camera program

·        Continuation of efforts to reduce drugs and alcohol crimes in the county

·        Expand our community involvement in different communities through participating in community events

·        Expand our efforts in looking for and applying for additional grants

·        Implement the new camera system in the Justice Center

 

Accidents

2015              2014              2013              2012              2011              2010              2009              2008     

365                373                453                362                311                350                373                382       

3 Fatal          3 Fatal          5 Fatal          4 Fatal          3 Fatal          5 Fatal          5 Fatal          10 Fatal

 

Of the 2015 accidents; 246 were property damage, 116 were injury and 3 fatal.

 

OWI

151 people arrested for 0WI including 4 ATV OWIs.

Monday  5        Tuesday  9         Wednesday  15              Thursday  20                      Friday  14

Saturday  35               Sunday  21

Of the 151 - 29 were female.  Youngest person arrested was 16 and oldest was 65.

Time of arrests ranged from 3:11 a.m. to bar closing hours.

OWI’s in 2015 were 151; increase of 49 total OWI arrests from 2014 to 2015.

 

Traffic Data

Number of traffic stops in 2015 were 2356.

Number of citations issued in 2015 were 1915.

Number of traffic stops in 2014 were 1580 and 2014 citations were 1351.

 

Animal Control

The Animal Control Deputy had 275 contacts for animal related calls and issued 27 citations for licensing and animals at large.

Recreation Deputy

Snow 2014/2015

151 hours billed of which 100 were patrol hours and the remainder were administrative/grant hours.

124 contacts - 13 warnings, 4 citations

Reimbursed $11,046.13

Water 2014

94 hours billed of which 70 were patrol hours and the remainder were administrative/grant hours.

336 contacts - 15 warnings, 5 citations

Reimbursed $8,103.01

ATV 2012/2013

387 hours billed of which 309 were patrol hours and the remainder were administrative/grant hours.

602 contacts - 34 warnings, 26 citations

Reimbursed $21,935.08

Trail Work Grants – Ongoing Maintenance Grants $137,514.50, new grants for $366,930.00. 

 

Total Cases

                 2015            1479                     2014      1304                                    2012      1359

                                                                    2013      1156                                    2011      1372

 

Vehicles

27 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

Papers Served

2015          1527

2014          1489                                                   2012      1652

2013          1382                                                   2011      1641

2015 Sheriff Sales – 70 scheduled (20 cancelled).

 

Dispatch

2015                                          2014                                        2013                                        2012

911 Calls     15,572/42.7 per day             16956 / 46.5 per day           14526 / 39.8 per day           14034 / 38.4 per day             

CAD’s          60,805/166.6 per day           60540 / 165.8 per day         56371 / 154.4 per day         56151 / 153.8 per day             

 

Domestic Disturbance/Violence Calls for Service

               2015 – 486 County Wide/170 Sheriff

               2014 – 529 County Wide/197 Sheriff

               2013 – 440 County Wide/174 Sheriff

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.  The patrol division handled 80 drug related cases.

 

In 2015, 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 2015, the monetary seizures totaled $12,793.76.

 

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 182 tips in 2015 vs 131 tips in 2014.

 

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 7371 followers.

 

In February of 2014, we launched a new website.  During 2015 that website has received 9,511,439 hits and 103,482 unique visitors.  This again has been a great tool for us and interacts automatically with our Facebook and Twitter accounts.

              

Jail

 Bookings in the jail

                              2015          2014          2013          2012          2011          2010          2009

Total                     2460          2193          1984          2305          2288          2164          2163

Male                     1847          1663          1585          1815          1853          1738          1710

Female                 613            530            399            490            435            426            453

 

During 2015, there was 8080.5 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                                                                  Collected                           

Daily Maintenance Fee                        $ 35,866.97                         

Booking Fee                                             $ 2,485.51                         

Nurse Fee                                                 $ 1,463.17

Tax Refund Intercept Program          $ 16,055.84     (includes collections from inmate accounts for fees sent to WI DOR)      

              

Underage Drinking Citations

2015              116        (includes 53 adult permit/underage drinking and 5 sell/procure alcohol to underage person)

2014              30           (includes 3 adult permit/underage drinking)

2013              39

2012              105

2011              63

 

Emergency Response Team (ERT)

10 Total Call Outs

4 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 14 Sheriff’s Department personnel, along with 1 from Rice Lake Police Department Officer, 1 from St. Croix Tribal Police Department and 4 tactical medics from Lakeview Medical Center.

 

Grants 2015

County Law Enforcement      $17,464               County/Tribal Law Enforcement      $13,917

Seat Belt Enforcement            $20,000               2015/2016 OWI Task Force           $24,964.72

 

Thank you for your time in reading this report and as stated we are looking forward to an even safer 2016.

 

Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald