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Marshfield approves 2nd drug enforcement police officer

MARSHFIELD, WI (WSAU) There’s a heroin problem in Marshfield. That’s what Marshfield’s Common Council heard Tuesday night from Municipal Judge John Adam Kruse and Police Chief Gary Jepson before voting to help fund a second drug enforcement officer for the city of Marshfield.

Marshfield’s Common Council has approved the acquisition of a second drug enforcement officer by 2014. The city will use a federal “COPS” grant for partial funding of that additional drug officer.

Police Chief Gary Jepsen said, “I truly believe that this additional drug officer is necessary,” adding that, “Two years ago, if you took a look at what was happening within the City of Marshfield, we did not have the serious type of violent crime that we had last year when we investigated four homicides at exactly the same time last year and three of them were directly related to drugs within the community.”

The matching federal grant would fund 75% of the position up to a maximum of $125,000 for the first three years, with the city required to fully fund the position in the fourth year of the program. The city would be responsible for approximately $213,000, over the four years of the grant program.

The Council approved funding for the second drug enforcement officer position by a vote of nine to one with council member Alana Feddick-Goodwin casting the dissenting vote. Feddick-Goodwin worried about how the city would meet their funding requirements for the new position.