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Year of accomplishments

Fort Dodge, Webster County public safety departments look back on 2012 successes

December 28, 2012
By PETER KASPARI, , Messenger News

With only a few days left in 2012, members of local law enforcement and public safety agencies are looking back on the year and remembering their successes.

In their own way, each department saw changes in 2012.

For the Webster County Sheriff's Department, not only was Chief Deputy Jim Stubbs elected to succeed retiring Sheriff Brian Mickelson, but the department saw a drop in the number of reports taken.

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Fort Dodge Police officers practice doing a Pursuit Intervention Technique maneuver on a closed section of runway at the Fort Dodge Regional Airport in July. The closure of the runway for repairs allowed the department to partner with the airport for the driving training.

"Our civil papers that we typically serve are down a little, which includes sheriff sales on property and garnishments," Stubbs said. "And our reports that the deputies take are down just a little bit, but still around the status quo."

Stubbs said that decline mostly comes from reports of vehicle accidents, adding that some minor accidents may not be reported to law enforcement.

He added that the declining numbers show the department's initiatives are working.

"We've been more proactive," he said. "We've had several large federal narcotics arrests in the last year, and we've solved quite a few cases with our ICAC (Internet Crimes Against Children) Unit."

"Our goal is to make the citizens of Webster County safer, and I think we're accomplishing that," he added.

Webster County Attorney Ricki Osborn said her office convicted a number of criminals.

"We successfully prosecuted some of our major pending cases, which resulted in the defendants going to prison," she said.

One area in which all agencies saw success was through collaboration in different initiatives. Besides ICAC, the Fort Dodge Police Department and Webster County sheriff's office also worked together during an active shooter demonstration at St. Edmond Catholic Schools in August. In July, they teamed up with the Iowa State Patrol to train officers in the Pursuit Intervention Technique, which is used to end high-speed chases.

Looking ahead to 2013, each department has its own goals and plans.

For the Sheriff's Department, Stubbs said he plans on building on what's already successful.

"We'll continue our joint effort with the other law enforcement agencies, whether it's county, state or federal," he said. "We'll also hopefully be able to use our budget to improve our services and get newer and better equipment."

Osborn said her office is also looking forward to strengthening partnerships and keeping the county safe.

"Our goal is to see a reduction in the number of violent and drug-related crimes in our community," she said. "Our office looks forward to continuing to build on our partnerships with law enforcement to help reach that goal."



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