SHERIFF'S CORNER: Calls for Service, April 2022

Lake County Sheriff Rich Martin

Lake County Sheriff Rich Martin

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As a constant effort to always improve on the services that we provide, I recently attended and graduated from the 2022 State Marine Deputy Academy conducted at the Ottawa County Sheriff's Office. 

Now, I have no plan to start 'personally' doing marine patrols on a regular basis (since my skin burns when the sun reflects off the snow in the winter) however, the intent is to start and host our own annual state marine academy here in Lake County. Why not, since we are "Lake" County.  Attending this training gave me a model to develop our own program.

This will be open to any law enforcement agency who wants to send an officer(s) to get this certification. Plus it will generate needed revenue for the LCSO Recreation Division, which primarily operates off limited funds in the way of DNR and USFS grants and private donations... with very little from the actual county budget or general fund.

Currently, Ottawa County is the only agency that conducts this academy...so, we will be only adding to the options for state training. One thing for sure, we will conduct our academy in warmer weather. LOL

I also think it makes a difference when the Sheriff personally gets involved with training, while being out there doing the things that are asked of my deputies. 

Providing services should go beyond enforcement and responding to complaints. There needs to be positive things like offering training, creating community programs, and working with local charities. Being unorthodox and thinking outside the box is really the key.  There is always room to improve the services we provide. Not police reform, but police improvement. 

We're all in this together, so we should always work together. It only makes sense to me.

It's time for the monthly "calls for service" report. This will provide you with an idea of the prior month's response for public safety services within the county.

  • 3500/VCSA, 4
  • 911 Hang Up, 4
  • Abandoned Call, 3
  • Abandoned Vehicle, 7
  • Accidents Falls, 32
  • Agricultural Fire, 1
  • Alarms, 26
  • Allergic Reaction, 2
  • Animal Bites, 5
  • Animal Control, 22
  • Annoyance Threats, 8
  • Assault, 11
  • Assisting Other Agencies, 22
  • Attempt To Locate / Well Check, 19
  • Bleeding, 3
  • Breaking and Entering, 12
  • Breaking and Entering In Progress, 2
  • Breathing Difficulty, 26
  • Business Property Check, 59
  • Car Animal, 1
  • Car Deer, 12
  • Chest And Heart Problems, 20
  • Child Abuse, 2
  • Citizen Assist, 7
  • Civil Complaints, 25
  • Civil Standby, 11
  • Code K, 5
  • Covert Opps, 3
  • Criminal Sexual Conduct, 5
  • Death Notification, 1
  • Diabetic, 11
  • Disorderly Person, 3
  • Disturbance, 13
  • DNR Complaint, 5
  • DNR Violation, 3
  • Domestic, 25
  • Driveaway, 7
  • Dumping Complaint, 3
  • EMS Assist, 7
  • EMS Transfer, 46
  • Fire Alarm, 4
  • Found Property, 2
  • Fraud, 3
  • Gas Odors, 1
  • Harassment, 18
  • Head Injury, 2
  • Headache, 1
  • Hit and Run, 1
  • Illegal Burning, 12
  • Jail Pick Up/Transport, 30
  • Juvenile, 1
  • Juvenile Runaway, 3
  • K9 Assist, 2
  • Larceny, 31
  • Lift Assist, 10
  • Lines Down, 8
  • Liquor Inspection, 2
  • MDOP, 7
  • Medical Alarm, 5
  • Mental Emotional, 10
  • Mental Emotional Transport, 2
  • Motorist Assist, 6
  • Open Line, 1
  • ORV Traffic Stop, 44
  • ORV Accident, 7
  • Overdose, 5
  • Pain Back Abdominal, 16
  • Personal Injury Accident, 6
  • PPO Request Violation, 1
  • Pregnancy And Childbirth, 1
  • Property Check, 33
  • Property Damage Accident, 5
  • Pursuits, 1
  • Reckless Driver, 14
  • Reckless ORV, 2
  • Road Hazard, 8
  • Seizures, 5
  • Sick Unknown, 45
  • Slide Off, 1
  • Smoke/Unknown Fire, 3
  • SOR Check, 3
  • Special Event Coverage, 3
  • Stationary Radar, 2
  • Stroke, 2
  • Structure Fire, 13
  • Suicide/Attempted Suicide, 1
  • Suspicious Person, 9
  • Suspicious Situation, 27
  • Suspicious Vehicle, 16
  • Traffic Stop, 230
  • Trespass, 11
  • Unconscious Unresponsive, 7
  • Unwanted Person, 10
  • VIN Inspection, 2
  • Warrant Arrest, 5
  • Wild Land Fire, 17