Adams County Sheriff's Office
SHERIFF - Sam Wollin CHIEF DEPUTY - Terry Fahrenkrug
LIEUTENANTS Ryan Greeno – Patrol & Dave Carlson- Investigators / Dispatch Center
INVESTIGATORS - Todd Laudert- Brent York - Evidence Custodian SGT. Travis Armitage
SERGEANTS - Rodney Stormoen - Scott Sipla - Travis Armitage - Dan Wohlfert
Craig Orlowski (K-9 Deputy & K-9 Mieka)
Tom Murphy -Drug Recognition Expert
Jacob Nielsen -Drug Recognition Expert
Special Assignment Deputies
Shaun Long (Recreation Deputy)
Joe LeBreck (Community Policing & Court Security Deputy)
Floyd Lindsey (School Resources Deputy)
Patrol Deputies are assigned to field duty, which consists of both routine and complex law enforcement responsibilities. General Job functions include; Reporting and Documentation, Preservation of Safety, Peace and Security. The Patrol Deputy normally works independently which necessitates a high degree of self-discipline, integrity and decision-making ability. In addition to skills, knowledge and abilities natural to the police functions, there are specialized positions requiring other skills. These positions consist of identification, warrant or civil process, investigations, communications, juvenile, community service, property management and training.
Patrol Deputies enforce county, state and federal laws. Deputies also respond to both emergency and non-emergency calls for service and Civil Process within the Seventeen townships, and Village of Friendship. Deputies also assist the City of Adams, Township of Rome and City of Wisconsin Dells Police Departments. Deputies investigate complaints with initial contact, follow-up, and make arrests or referral to the DA's Office. Deputies investigate accidents; render first aid, photograph, and issue citations if necessary.
School Resource Officer (SRO)
Deputy Floyd Lindsey
The Adams County Sheriff's Office has one full-time Deputy assigned to the Adams-Friendship School System. The School Resource Officer has three roles: law enforcement officer; law-related counselor; and law-related education teacher. The School Resource Officer's roles are to prevent juvenile delinquent through close contact with students and school principals, faculty and students. The School Resource Officer also acts as a liaison between students and social agencies, which provide needed services. The School Resource Officer also provides security for special school events or functions.
The School Resource Officer also interacts with students in the classroom and general areas of the school building and promotes the profession of police officer and be a positive role model and increases the visibility and accessibility of law enforcement to the school community.
Deputy Shaun Long
The Adams County Sheriff's Office has one full-time Recreation Enforcement Deputy assigned to Marine and Trail Enforcement.
The primary focus of the Recreation Deputy includes boat patrol, snowmobile patrol, and ATV patrol. All three of these patrol functions are funded in large part by the DNR through a reimbursement program.
The Recreation Deputy is responsible for patrol / enforcement of Adams county lakes year round. Response to lake rescues, crash or drowning investigations include all the rivers and 26 lakes.
A very important component of keeping the lakes safe and enforcing the law is boating safety education. The Sheriff's Office strongly encourages all boaters to take a boater safety course. The Sheriff’s Office offers a boater safety course at different times
Snowmobile and ATV Enforcement
Adams County has a tremendous snowmobile and ATV trail system. Although winters of recent years have limited the amount of useable snow cover, the unit also patrols the county's trail system enforcing snowmobile laws and investigating accidents. Two snowmobiles/ ATVs are kept ready for use on patrol and response to emergencies on the trails.
The Sheriff's Office offers an ATV, Snowmobile and Boater safety class at different times throughout the year.
Animal Control Officer
The Animal Control Officer is a part-time / on-call position. The Animal Control Officer is responsible for responding to animal complaints and investigates alleged violations of statutes and ordinances relating to animals within Adams County. The Animal Control Officer can be contacted by calling the dispatch center at 608-339-3304.
The Drug Recognition Evaluator Program
A drug recognition expert or drug recognition evaluator (DRE) is a police officer trained to recognize impairment in drivers under the influence of drugs other than, or in addition to, alcohol. The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) coordinates the International Drug Evaluation and Classification (DEC) Program with support from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) of the U.S. Department of Transportation. In addition to officers, who are certified as DREs, the DECP educates prosecutors and judges in the prosecution of drugged drivers.
The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) originated the program in the early 1970s when LAPD officers noticed that many of the individuals arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) had very low or zero alcohol concentrations. The officers reasonably suspected that the arrestees were under the influence of drugs, but lacked the knowledge and skills to support their suspicions. In response, two LAPD sergeants collaborated with various medical doctors, research psychologists, and other medical professionals to develop a simple, standardized procedure for recognizing drug influence and impairment. Their efforts culminated in the development of a multi-step protocol and the first DRE program. The LAPD formally recognized the program in 1979.
The LAPD DRE program attracted NHTSA’s attention in the early 1980s. The two agencies collaborated to develop a standardized DRE protocol, which led to the development of the DEC Program. During the ensuing years, NHTSA and various other agencies and research groups examined the DEC program. Their studies demonstrated that a properly trained DRE can successfully identify drug impairment and accurately determine the category of drugs causing such impairment.
In 1987, NHTSA initiated DEC pilot programs in Arizona, Colorado, New York and Virginia. The states of Utah, California, and Indiana were added in 1988. Beginning in 1989, IACP and NHTSA expanded the DEC Program across the country. Currently, 50 states, the District of Columbia, Canada and several countries around the world participate in the DEC Program.
In 1992 the governing board of the International Association of Chiefs of Police approved the creation of the Drug Recognition Section. (For more information on the DRE Section’s mission, goals, and bylaws, click on “Program Oversight.”)
On June 10-13, 1995, the section hosted a training conference on impaired driving in Phoenix, Arizona. Since then the IACP Training Conference on Drugs, Alcohol and Impaired Driving has convened every year and is attended by DREs and their instructors, DUI enforcement officers, prosecutors, toxicologists, medical and school professionals, and other highway safety advocates.
INVESTIGATORS - Todd Laudert- Brent York - Jesse Phillips - Evidence Custodian SGT. Travis Armitage
Investigators are on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week, on a rotational basis, to respond for emergency investigative needs but are normally available Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. to provide assistance when needed.
The Property and Evidence Section is responsible for securely storing all evidence obtained during criminal investigations from the Sheriff’s Office. All of these items must be stored until the criminal case is disposed of in the court system. That time frame may be from a couple of days to several years later, depending on the type of crime committed.
If you have been notified to pick up an item that is being held by the Sheriff’s Office, please make arrangements with the Evidence Custodian SGT. Travis Armitage by calling (608) 339-3304 EXT 850. Items may be picked-up by appointment only.
If you have been, contacted referencing a vehicle that was being held for investigative reasons and is ready to be returned by the Sheriff’s Office to the registered owner contact our Evidence Custodian Deputy at 608-339-3304 prior to attempting to recover your vehicle.