Oct 5, 2018

Van Wert County Sheriff's Office releases September activity report


From the Van Wert County Sheriff's Office:

Van Wert County Sheriff Thomas M. Riggenbach has released the Sheriff’s Office Monthly Activity Report for the September 2018. Sheriff’s Office cruisers traveled 26,619 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 502 calls for service in September.

Deputies investigated a total of 215 citizen’s complaints, with reports being filed, and investigated a total of 168 complaints that did not require reports or any further investigation. Deputies filed 18 criminal cases as a result of investigations in September. There were 22 traffic accidents investigated during September. Deputies issued 32 traffic citations and 29 traffic warnings to motorists. Deputies provided 166 assists to motorists and other departments. Deputies also handled 5 funeral procession escorts.

While on patrol, Deputies found 30 open doors at businesses, schools and residential house checks. There were 49 homes of vacationing county residents that were checked a total of 609 times. Deputies responded to 16 business and residential alarms. Deputies also served 79 Criminal and Civil process received from the Courts during September.

The Sheriff’s Office K-9 team conducted 48 perimeter checks of buildings, 5 drug searches, 0 building searches, 0 area searches, 0 track, and 8 assists to other agencies, including the West Central Ohio Crime Task Force. The K-9 team also presented 9 K-9 demonstrations to the public.

The Sheriff’s Office Certified Car Seat Technician installed 4 car seat for families in September. The Sheriff’s Office D.A.R.E deputy taught 128 5th grade students the D.A.R.E. elementary curriculum. The Sheriff’s Office D.A.R.E. deputy taught 35 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 0 K-4. The Sheriff’s Office D.A.R.E. deputy also provided 16 children with photo ID’s that were for their parents as part of the Child Photo ID program.

The Detective Bureau received 5 new criminal investigations in September. The Detective Bureau filed 0 felony charges, 0 misdemeanor charges, provided 3 assists to other agencies, executed 2 search warrants, prepared 0 subpoenas and recovered $ 3,275 in stolen property.


The Van Wert County Sheriff’s Office conducted 5 Sheriff Sales in September and received 5 Sheriff Sales in September. There were 63 Web Checks processed for residents. There were 18 new or renewed handgun Concealed Carry Licenses issued during September. There were 22 sex offender registrations for periodic registrations, change of addresses, employment, or other offender status changes conducted during September. There were 1,188 sex offender notices sent or delivered to residents, schools, day-care facilities, pre-school and law enforcement agencies during September. There were 1,027 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 September. It is estimated that approximately 11.01% 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 2957 phone calls in September. There were 277 9-1-1 calls received by the Communication Center, of which 256 9-1-1 calls came from a cellular phone. There were 193 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 98 calls, an E.M.S. agency was dispatched to 84 calls, and a fire agency was dispatched to 11 calls. Multiple agencies had to be dispatched to 7 calls. The Van Wert County Sheriff’s Office Communication Center also greeted and helped 931 people who came on station at Sheriff’s Office.

The Van Wert County Correctional Facility housed 176 prisoners in September. There were 114 prisoners received and 107 released at Correctional Facility. The average daily inmate count at the Correctional Facility was 65 for the month of September. There were 11 prisoner transports made by deputies, involving 14 prisoners for a total of 1,812 miles in September.

The prisoner work crews worked a total 1037 hours at the Correctional Facility.

Prisoner programs generating income, which are paid into the County General Fund, are: Inmate Work Release MTD $2,653.93. YTD $ 19,366.62. Inmate Phone Service MTD $898.88 YTD $12,329.90. Inmate Pay-To-Stay MTD $0.00 YTD $0.00 Office of Child Nutrition Services-Government Donated Food Entitlement MTD $630.42 YTD $4,457.72. The food cost per inmate was $.97 Prisoners housed for other Counties generated MTD $15,345.00 YTD $307,998.00.

The Dog Warden traveled 1,402 miles while answering citizens’ complaints, assisting other agencies and conducting tag enforcement. The Dog Warden investigated 41 complaints, impounded 12 dogs. The Dog Warden sold 8 registration tags, issued 0 citation and 8 warnings. The Dog Warden also provided 11 assists to other agencies.


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