Dec 5, 2018

Van Wert Council Sheriff issues November Activity Report

News Release


Van Wert County Sheriff Thomas M. Riggenbach has released the Sheriff’s Office Monthly Activity Report for the November 2018. Sheriff’s Office cruisers traveled 23,591 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 387 calls for service in November.

Deputies investigated a total of 167 citizen’s complaints, with reports being filed, and investigated a total of 101 complaints that did not require reports or any further investigation. Deputies filed 8 criminal cases as a result of investigations in November. There were 27 traffic accidents investigated during November. Deputies issued 26 traffic citations and 21 traffic warnings to motorists. Deputies provided 177 assists to motorists and other departments. Deputies also handled 4 funeral procession escorts.

While on patrol, Deputies found 25 open doors at businesses, schools and residential house checks. There were 54 homes of vacationing county residents that were checked a total of 728 times. Deputies responded to 9 business and residential alarms. Deputies also served 66 Criminal and Civil process received from the Courts during November.

The Sheriff’s Office K-9 team conducted 79 perimeter checks of buildings, 3 drug searches, 3 building searches, 0 area searches, 0 track, and 2 assists to other agencies, including the West Central Ohio Crime Task Force. The K-9 team also presented 1 K-9 demonstration to the public.

The Sheriff’s Office Certified Car Seat Technician installed 1 car seat for families in November. The Sheriff’s Office D.A.R.E deputy taught 130 5th grade students the D.A.R.E. elementary curriculum. The Sheriff’s Office D.A.R.E. deputy taught 39 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 0 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 November. The Detective Bureau filed 3 felony charges, 0 misdemeanor charges, provided 5 assists to other agencies, executed 2 search warrants, prepared 0 subpoenas and recovered $ 500.00 in stolen property.

The Van Wert County Sheriff’s Office conducted 4 Sheriff Sales in November and received 4 Sheriff Sales in November. There were 66 Web Checks processed for residents. There were 35 new or renewed handgun Concealed Carry Licenses issued during November. There were 21 sex offender registrations for periodic registrations, change of addresses, employment, or other offender status changes conducted during November. There were 0 sex offender notices sent or delivered to residents, schools, day-care facilities, pre-school and law enforcement agencies during November. There were 165 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 November. It is estimated that approximately 11.06% 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 2697 phone calls in November. There were 270 9-1-1 calls received by the Communication Center, of which 238 9-1-1 calls came from a cellular phone. There were 215 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 119 calls, an E.M.S. agency was dispatched to 81 calls, and a fire agency was dispatched to 15 calls. Multiple agencies had to be dispatched to 18 calls. The Van Wert County Sheriff’s Office Communication Center also greeted and helped 955 people who came on station at Sheriff’s Office.

The Van Wert County Correctional Facility housed 156 prisoners in November. There were 89 prisoners received and 91 released at Correctional Facility. The average daily inmate count at the Correctional Facility was 63 for the month of November. There were 14 prisoner transports made by deputies, involving 14 prisoners for a total of 2,085 miles in November.

The prisoner work crews worked a total 1090 hours at the Correctional Facility.

Prisoner programs generating income, which are paid into the County General Fund, are: Inmate Work Release MTD $1,220.66. YTD $22,598.51. Inmate Phone Service MTD $939.47 YTD $14,271.47. Inmate Pay-To-Stay MTD $0.00 YTD $0.00 Office of Child Nutrition Services-Government Donated Food Entitlement MTD $851.62 YTD $6,028.24. The food cost per inmate was $1.41 Prisoners housed for other Counties generated MTD $17,280.00 YTD $343,413.00.

The Dog Warden traveled 1595 miles while answering citizens’ complaints, assisting other agencies and conducting tag enforcement. The Dog Warden investigated 31 complaints, impounded 7 dogs. The Dog Warden sold 5 registration tags, issued 1 citation and 6 warnings. The Dog Warden also provided 15 assists to other agencies.

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