By Nicole Rogers
OWEN – The Owen-Withee Police Committee (OWPC) was held on Feb. 1. Those attending were Chief Patrick Fehlman, Officer Jacob Haugstad, and committee members: Pam Jaffke, Randy Shelton, Ken Martine, Everett Lindgren and clerk/treasurer, Tracy Rau.
The evidence room is finished with gate, freezer, totes and labels to record. CJ Kreuscher of Owen Public Works welded together the gate and installed it.
“Jake did a ton of work on the evidence room,” Chief Fehlman said. “He is the evidence room custodian; he has to be in the room whenever someone is in there.”
Fehlman went on to explain that each piece of evidence will be meticulously documented and will be electronically logged in through the RRM System.
Officer Haugstad handed out the monthly call list. He explained that the list may look shorter because it is only shows calls that O-W officers answered. In the past, those answered by the Clark County Sheriff’s Department were included. Fehlman reported that January had a few civil matters nothing big, some drug information communicated to county and had a few calls at school otherwise nothing huge or noteworthy.
Rau said a fight that took place at a local bar on Jan. 29.
Fehlman replied with, “The information that went to law enforcement wasn’t much, no one is talking to us, those injured refused medical attention and the involved people bugged out.”
A drop box and bulletin board are installed in city hall.The police call reports will be posted on the bulletin board after each OWPC meeting.
Fehlman attended new officer training via Zoom Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. The class covered topics such as hiring,retention, budgets, records. The chief also met many department heads in the region.
Fehlman announced that he and Haugstad will attend a free Critical Incident Training held in March in Wood County. This training is highly recommended, as it addresses how to properly handle those with mental health issues.
The 2016 Explorer is at the outfitter. Haugstad’s squad should be done by end of February. The Dodge was sold to Clark County for$35,000 with government discount. Fehlman recommended adding reflective graphics on the squads.
Lindgren recommended that chief stop in businesses and introduce himself to the public.
The meeting adjourned at 6:49 p.m. The next meeting will beheld March 1 at 6 p.m.
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