Sheriff office returns $315K to Dodge County’s general fund

By Terri Pederson | Daily Citizen

Dodge County Sheriff Dale Schmidt spoke to the Dodge County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday and told the supervisors the department would return $315,000 to the county’s general fund after 2017.

It is the second year the sheriff’s office has returned funds to the general fund. After 2016, $1.1 million was returned.

Several factors helped the sheriff’s office to end the year again with a surplus, but Schmidt said fiscal responsibility is important to the sheriff’s office.

Schmidt addressed the board presenting the Dodge County Sheriff Office’s annual report during the opening session for the County Board of Supervisors for this term.

One area Schmidt said he was proud of was requiring the supervisors to undergo a leadership course that he first attended in 2016.

“It’s a three-week class, and I thought it was very beneficial so I brought it back,” Schmidt said.

The body camera grant and implementation of Spillman software were also highlights of 2017. The body cameras were paid by a 50/50 grant and are used to improve the evidence that is given to prosecute cases.

“With Spillman, it went better than we could ever imagine,” Schmidt said. “There was a learning curve of course, but it went smooth.”

Another improvement the sheriff’s office made in 2017 was to implement mobile reporting for sheriff’s deputies so they could file reports in their squad cars or at the highway department substations.

Schmidt said that the office recently converted policy PDF files to Lexipol. It is an online format that can suggest updates that can be implemented with changes in the legal system.

Schmidt said the office has also cleared 75 percent of the warrants that it has posted with the Most Wanted List that authorities have been circulating with new photos of those with warrants for their arrest.

The annual report can be viewed on the Dodge County Sheriff’s page under the annual reports heading, where annual reports since 2001 can be viewed.

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