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Sunday, August 7, 2022 10:40 AM

Police and Community Kids Program in De Pere is up and running for the summer

Law enforcement programs in the community are essential for building positive relationships.  Programs, like the one described in this article, can help build a bond between law enforcement and youth, while demonstrating a positive side of law enforcement.  This specific initiative requires minimal resources and therefore could be easily implemented.  In addition, Portage County has several sites within the villages and townships that could host activities like this. 

Tuesday, August 2, 2022 9:21 AM

Dane County Jail implements new program to help inmates fighting addiction

The Dane County jail implemented a treatment program to help inmates with drug addiction.  This program allows continuation of treatments offered in the community. When inmates receive proper treatment, recidivism is reduced, according to the article.  Crime rates and the jail population are decreased, which leads to a safer community. As Sheriff, this is a type of program I would explore.

Wednesday, July 20, 2022 10:58 PM

More Cops at School

Many school districts within the state are forming partnerships with law enforcement to fund school resource officers.  As Sheriff, I will work diligently with school districts in the county to move towards having a dedicated school resource officer in every high school in the county.  This article demonstrates how a law enforcement agency in a neighboring county partnered with the school district to add additional school resource officers.

Saturday, July 16, 2022 9:41 PM

Public-Private Partnerships

Public-Private partnerships are one way to address budget concerns and also build community relations.  Many agencies are partnering with businesses or organizations to add school resource officers, community programs, or purchase equipment they couldn’t otherwise afford.  As sheriff, I will focus on working with businesses and organizations to add resources that will make Portage County safer.

Thursday, July 14, 2022 11:16 PM

Improving Mental Health for Inmates (American Psychological Association)

Lack of mental health services is an all-too-common theme in the county jail setting. Unfortunately, the resources that individuals need aren’t provided.  I would like to address this issue in Portage County by initiating changes.  Collaboration with the court system, mental health providers, community members, and organizations needs to take place to make sure the proper resources are available.

Thursday, July 7, 2022 10:04 PM

CART in Marathon County

The Marathon County Sheriff’s Office, the Wausau Police Department, and North Central Health Care teamed up to create Crisis Assessment Response Team (CART) to assist individuals in crisis situations.  This is an example of a resource, developed by building relationships in the community, that I feel could benefit Portage County.  If elected sheriff, this is a type of resource I would like to establish in our county.



Monday, July 4, 2022 9:03 PM

Crisis Intervention Team(CIT) Training

CIT is one way to improve interactions law enforcement officers have with individuals living with mental illnesses.  CIT is a partnership between law enforcement, mental health providers, local NAMI chapters, and other community stakeholders.  As Sheriff I will strive to make sure every Deputy, Corrections Officer, and Communication Technician is trained in CIT.  I will also strive to build relationships with mental health providers, local NAMI chapters, and community stakeholders.  There are several agencies within Wisconsin and counties surrounding us with successful CIT programs.  I will reach out to these agencies to obtain their feedback to make sure Portage County has a successful CIT program.  

Sunday, July 3, 2022 9:16 PM

NAMI Wisconsin

The NAMI Wisconsin statistics show very alarming numbers both in the U.S. and Wisconsin.  One in five adults in the U.S. experience a mental illness each year.  One in six youth in the U.S. experience a mental health disorder each year.  About 42% of Wisconsinites ages 12-17 who have depression did not receive any care in the last year.  About 2 in 5 adults in jail or prison have a history of mental illness.  Seven in ten youth in the juvenile justice system have a mental health condition.

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