In 2011, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office responded 4,041 calls for service. This is an increase of 11% over the service calls received in 2010. We continue to see the direct correlation between reportable crimes and substance abuse in our county. While this has placed a strain on the employees of our agency, I am proud of their performance and perseverance.
Despite the economic decline the Washington County Sheriff’s Office has strived to provide the same level of services to our communities. In achieving this, we have diligently worked in collaborating resources and funding with many other law enforcement agencies. The result provided several joint agency operations including enforcement with underage drinking, OUI, ATV, speed and seatbelt laws along with numerous other enforcement details.
To further our cooperative efforts amongst all law enforcement, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office signed a memorandum of understanding with every local, state and federal agency servicing Washington County. In an effort to improve services by sharing information, the Baileyville Police Department along with the Milbridge Police Department have networked into the Washington County Records Management system. This unification has been very successful in streamlining the sharing of information.
The United States Coast Guard along with the Northern Border Strategic Initiative awarded a grant to purchase and train a new K-9 to be utilized in narcotics detection. K-9 “Stryker” was purchased and has continued to excel with his training. I am also pleased to announce that three new K-9 units received certification in tracking and searching.
In conclusion, I would like to express how extremely proud I am of the members of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office for continuing to strive in our pledge to protect and serve the citizens of Washington County. Dedication, professionalism and commitment to our communities continue to lead the employees of this agency. Along with these key elements our agency continues to receive enormous support and cooperation from the public in combating overall crime and making Washington County the best place to live.
Donald G. Smith