Bail, jail and marijuana all surfaces in a speech Matt Oller, Audrain County Sheriff, gave to a 17-member audience, February 7 at the Centralia United Methodist Church.
His audience, members of the Centralia Kiwanis Club, had invited Oller to give them an update on county law-enforcement and they left with
After sharing some data on what Audrain County Sheriff’s Department had been up to over the last year, Oller launched into his concerns on new laws.
But first, the data.
During 2019 sheriff department’s 45-member staff, which includes nine uniformed patrol deputies and four detectives:
• Made 88 arrests with their K-9 officer Chal, 77 for narcotics, the rest for DWI. He was also deployed five times for tracking and 32 times for narcotic investigations.
• Responded to 12,379 calls, approximately 34 a day, up from last year’s approximately 11,000, he said.
• Not every call resulted in a crime report, he said, 858 did, up 18 percent from 2018’s 726. Most of the calls, he said, are either stealing or domestic.
Oller said he and his staff have not found any of the usual reasons for such an increase. “No influx of population, no unemployment surges, no major employer shut-downs.”
For the complete article, see this week’s edition of the Centralia Fireside Guard.