Sheriff laments on first term in office
It’s hard to believe it’s been four years!
That’s the first thing that has come to mind when I’ve been asked recently about the election this year. I couldn’t be more proud of all the accomplishments our staff has completed during this term.
One of our biggest improvements has been the complete redesign and restructure of our building and court security. We’ve added full-time weapons screening and staffing for both the screening area and the courtroom along with a number of improvements in equipment, camera surveillance and training. We were the first county in SE Minnesota to have full-time weapons screening – we’ve screened over 51,000 people entering our courthouse and scanned over 16,000 bags, purses, coats, mail, and other misc. items. These changes have helped dramatically increase the security and safety of everyone in our courthouse, from employees to the visiting public. The policies and procedures we’ve implemented here have been used as a model by the courts for other Minnesota counties to follow – a huge compliment to all of our amazing staff that has worked so hard to develop this program.
The other area that has had a complete make-over is our 911 Dispatch Center. We started by moving Dispatch to a larger secured room in the building. Then we upgraded the technology – new text-to-911 ready digital phone system, Active911 system for better area first responder notification, upgraded Computer Aided Dispatch System to help improve officer safety, updated weather monitoring equipment, and new adjustable work station systems to better accommodate the ergonomic needs of our staff. We also combined the 911 Dispatch Center and Emergency Management to further improve management and inoperability. Most of these improvements were done with E-911 funds from the state, not tax dollars.
Probably one of our proudest accomplishments was establishing the Dodge County Sheriff’s Chaplain Program this year. We have nine chaplains in this program, ministers from many different denominations throughout the county, who all meet and train monthly here at the Sheriff’s Office. They come out day and night to help support our deputies, our emergency responders, and the victims in a number of different types of cases. This year has been a challenging one with the number of difficult high profile cases our staff has worked. We’ve received so much positive feedback regarding their work this year and are so proud of the service these men and women provide to our community.
You’ll rarely hear me use “I” or “my” when talking about our accomplishments. All of the improvements here over the past four years are a direct result of the amazing work done by the dedicated men and women serving in all of our divisions - Administration, Investigations, Emergency Management, Patrol, Court Security, Dispatch, Records, and our two volunteer groups – the Posse and Chaplains.
Our goal in the next four years is to continue to provide our staff with the most up-to-date training, technology, and support possible, so we can continue to provide you with the quality of law enforcement services you have come to expect from us.
Thank you for all your support, trust, and encouragement over the past four years and for the privilege of allowing me to continue to serve you in this office with these amazing men and women.
Your Sheriff, Scott
Scott Rose has been the Dodge County Sheriff since 2015. He is running unopposed in next week’s general election for another four-year term.