May 10, 2017

Van Wert County Sheriff Releases April Activity Report


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Van Wert County Sheriff Thomas M. Riggenbach has released the Sheriff’s Office Monthly Activity Report for the April 2017.  Sheriff’s Office cruisers traveled 32,421 miles while on patrol, answering citizen’s complaints, serving criminal & civil papers, performing other Sheriff’s Office functions and transporting prisoners to State Institutions and Juvenile’s to Juvenile Detention Center Facilities.  Deputies responded to 366 calls for service in April.

Deputies investigated a total of 124 citizen’s complaints, with reports being filed, and investigated a total of 201 complaints that did not require reports or any further investigation. Deputies filed 26 criminal cases as a result of investigations in April.  There were 10 traffic accidents investigated during April. Deputies issued 26 traffic citations and traffic 45 warnings to motorists. Deputies provided 197 assists to motorists and other departments.  Deputies also handled 10 funeral procession escorts.

While on patrol, Deputies found 25 open doors at businesses, schools and residential house checks.  There were 46 homes of vacationing county residents that were checked a total of 559 times.  Deputies responded to 4 business and residential alarms. Deputies also served 162 Criminal and Civil process received from the Courts during April.

The Sheriff’s Office K-9 team conducted 131 perimeter checks of buildings, 2 drug searches, 2 building searches, 0 area searches, 1 track, and 2 assists to other agencies, including the West Central Ohio Crime Task Force.  The K-9 team also presented 0 K-9 demonstrations to the public.  

The Sheriff’s Office Certified Car Seat Technician installed 0 car seats for families in April. The Sheriff’s Office D.A.R.E deputy taught 0 5th grade students the D.A.R.E. elementary curriculum. The Sheriff’s Office D.A.R.E. deputy taught 37 7th and 8th grade students the D.A.R.E. middle school curriculum. The Over-the-Counter Medication and Prescription Medication curriculum was taught to 0 sixth and eighth graders. The Sheriff’s Office D.A.R.E. deputy provided Child Safety, Good Drug/Bad Drug, and Bullying education to 547 K-4.   The Sheriff’s Office D.A.R.E. deputy also provided 135 children with photo ID’s that were for their parents as part of the Child Photo ID program.

The Detective Bureau received 7 new criminal investigations in April. The Detective Bureau filed 4 felony charges, 0 misdemeanor charges, provided 16 assists to other agencies, executed 9 search warrants, prepared 0 subpoenas and recovered $0.00 in stolen property.

The Van Wert County Sheriff’s Office conducted 4 Sheriff Sales in April and received 2 Sheriff Sales in April. There were 74 Web Checks processed for residents.  There were 53 new or renewed handgun Concealed Carry Licenses issued during April. There were 21 sex offender registrations for periodic registrations, change of addresses, employment, or other offender status changes conducted during April. There were 317 sex offender notices sent or delivered to residents, schools, day-care facilities, pre-school and law enforcement agencies during April. There were 931 automated emails sent to county residents from the Van Wert County Sheriff’s Office advising residents of sex offenders registering an address within one-mile of their residence in April.  It is estimated that approximately 12.18% of Van Wert County residents are currently signed up to receive automated emails on sex offenders from the Sheriff’s Office.

The Van Wert County Sheriff’s Office Communications Center received 2717 phone calls in April. There were 286 9-1-1 calls received by the Communication Center, of which 258 9-1-1 calls came from a cellular phone. There were 228 of the 9-1-1 calls where the Communication Center dispatched an agency to respond to the 9-1-1 call. A law enforcement agency was dispatched to 138 calls, an E.M.S. agency was dispatched to 81 calls, and a fire agency was dispatched to 9 calls. Multiple agencies had to be dispatched to 6 calls. The Van Wert County Sheriff’s Office Communication Center also greeted and helped 938 people who came on station at Sheriff’s Office.

The Van Wert County Correctional Facility housed 106 prisoners in April.  There were 68 prisoners received and 68 released at Correctional Facility. The average daily inmate count at the Correctional Facility was 38 for the month of April. There were 25 prisoner transports made by deputies, involving 32 prisoners for a total of 4,382 miles in April.

The prisoner work crews worked a total 617 hours at the Correctional Facility.

Prisoner programs generating income, which are paid into the County General Fund, are: Inmate Work Release MTD $1,913.41 YTD $8,078.51. Inmate Phone Service MTD $733.19 YTD $1,772.27. Inmate Pay-To-Stay MTD $0.00 YTD $0.00 Office of Child Nutrition Services-
Government Donated Food Entitlement MTD $124.68 YTD $640.92.  The food cost per inmate was $1.01 Prisoners housed for other Counties generated MTD $0.00 YTD $0.00, due to lack of need.

The Dog Warden traveled 1033 miles while answering citizens’ complaints, assisting other agencies and conducting tag enforcement. The Dog Warden investigated 37 complaints, impounded 16 dogs, with 8 dogs returned to their owners and 17 dogs being adopted or rescued. The Dog Warden sold 22 registration tags, issued 4 citations and 9 warnings.  The Dog Warden also provided 5 assists to other agencies.


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