ADAMS, Wis. (WSAU) - Another area law enforcement agency is having success with saturation patrols. That’s where additional officers intensively work in a concentrated area looking for driving violations and other potential problems.
Adams County Sheriff Sam Wollin says they just completed a four-hour focused traffic saturation, where 49 traffic stops were made, resulting in 18 citations and 46 warnings. Wollin says there was also one drug arrest and one criminal traffic charge. He says these patrols wouldn’t be possible without help. “We had nearly fifty stops, and these kind of events can really only take place because of other agencies working together with us, as we have with others also.”
Saturation patrols often involve using the K9 team to smell for possible drugs. The Adams County Sheriff’s Department, like many departments, is working to increase the number of K9 police dog units on the force. Sheriff Sam Wollin says they have reached their goal with the help of the community. “We’re in the process of getting our second K9 unit, which actually, two deputies are down in Indiana right now, and should be on the way back with our new dog.”
Adams County has one K9 team now, but Wollin says having another one will allow them to have a dog on duty more often. For now, the dog and handler have to get acquainted before the work can begin. “He brings the dog back for a week, then goes back down for six weeks of training, so we’ll have our second K9 unit fully functioning by the end of the year.”
Wollin says several individuals and businesses have contributed everything from money to material and labor for the new dog’s kennel.