Hand County Sheriff’s Office off to another busy year

Posted February 5, 2013 at 7:38 pm

The Hand County Sheriff’s Office has released the “activity report” for 2012, with comparisons back to 2004. According to the information released, and the activity just for the month of January 2013, the sheriff’s office is kept busy, and in several instances the responses/work just keeps growing.

In 2012, the sheriff’s office had 580 responses/case reports, the highest number over the nine-year period. In January 2013, there were already 52 responses recorded.

The office receives legal papers that must be served on individuals. In 2013, 199 processes were served by the sheriff’s office, which is a time-consuming amount, although the “top” year was 2009, when 391 processes were served.

Pistol permit applications have steadily increased each year. Last year, 145 applications were received, and Sheriff Doug DeBoer says each application takes at least two hours to process. In January 2013, the office had already received 45 applications.

The sheriff’s office is required to deal with writs of execution (judgments). DeBoer explained that is an order by the court for the sheriff to help collect a debt. Judgments have also steadily increased, with the lowest per year being 24 in 2006. There were 69 in 2012, and it looks like 2013 will also be a banner year for debt collection.

DeBoer explained that distress warrants for taxes means when money is owed to a taxing authority, then the sheriff and the county treasurer help collect that debt. Those numbers have also increased, with five in 2012. Several are also in the works for 2013.

There were four unattended deaths in 2012; 117 warning tickets issued; and 87 traffic tickets. There was one fatality accident, and 13 injury accidents. There were also 112 non-injury accidents investigated. So far in 2013, there have been seven non-injury accidents in the county.

In 2012, fifty-one warrants in Hand County were open…50 are still open in 2013.

All activity in 2012 totaled 1,383, second only to 2011, when the total was 1,383.

During 2012, there were 17 adult prisoners and one juvenile. Highest year was 2004, when the sheriff’s office dealt with 50 adult prisoners.

From 2004 to 2012, the highest amount of vehicle accident property damage was in 2012, with a total of $490,103.99.

According to DeBoer, numbers involved do not show the actual amount of time involved for each activity…be it investigating an accident, serving papers, or writing follow-up reports for cases.