Adams County Sheriff's Office
SHERIFF - Brent York CHIEF DEPUTY - Dave Carlson
LIEUTENANTS - Zachery Roberts (Patrol) - Kyle Johnson (Investigators / Dispatch Center)
INVESTIGATORS - Todd Laudert - Floyd Lindsey - Jason Spice
SERGEANTS - Rodney Stormoen - Travis Armitage - Dan Wohlfert - Kyle Simmons (K-9 Lya)
Craig Orlowski (K-9 Deputy & K-9 Tekla)
Jacob Nielsen (Drug Recognition Expert)
Walker Kierstyn (K-9 Deputy & K-9 Lana)
Thomas Murphy (Drug Recognition Expert)
SPECIAL ASSIGNMENT DEPUTIES
Caleb Herrin (Recreation Deputy)
Patrick Heuer, Graham McFarland & Nolan Lamberty (Court Security Deputy)
Brooke VanBeek & Ben VanHaren (School Resource Officer)
Patrol deputies are assigned to field duty, which consists of complex law enforcement responsibilities. General patrol functions include: preservation of peace, safety, and security and detailed reporting and documentation. The patrol deputy normally functions independently which requires a high degree of self-discipline, integrity, and decision-making ability. In addition to the skills, knowledge, and abilities necessary to the police functions, there are specialized positions requiring other skills; these positions consist of suspect identification, warrant or civil process, investigations, communications, juvenile investigations, community service, property management, and training.
Patrol Deputies enforce county, state, and federal laws, and respond to emergency and non-emergency calls for service. Deputies also complete civil process within Adams County's seventeen townships, the Village of Friendship, and the City of Adams. Deputies also assist the City of Adams, Township of Rome, and City of Wisconsin Dells Police Departments. Deputies investigate complaints, complete follow-up, and make arrests or referrals to the DA's Office; deputies investigate accidents, render first aid, photograph evidence, and issue citations, when necessary.
School Resource Officer (SRO)
Deputies Brooke VanBeek & Ben VanHaren
The Adams County Sheriff's Office has two full-time deputies assigned to the Adams-Friendship School District. The School Resource Officer has three roles: law enforcement officer, law-related counselor, and law-related educator. The School Resource Officer's mission is to prevent juvenile delinquency through close contact with students and school staff. The School Resource Officer also acts as a liaison between students and social agencies, which provide needed services, and also provides security for special school events or functions.
The School Resource Officer interacts with students in the classroom and general areas of the school building in an effort to promote the law enforcement profession, create a positive role model, and increase the visibility and accessibility of law enforcement to the school community.
Deputy Caleb Herrin
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 is boat patrol, snowmobile patrol, and ATV patrol. All three of these patrol functions are funded, in large part, through a DNR reimbursement program. The Recreation Deputy is also responsible for patrolling and enforcing statutes/ordinances on Adams County's 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.
Snowmobile and ATV Enforcement
Adams County has a tremendous snowmobile and ATV trail system. The Recreation Deputy also patrols the county's trail system enforcing snowmobile laws and investigating accidents. Two snowmobiles and ATVs are kept ready for use on patrol and emergency response.
The Sheriff's Office offers an ATV, Snowmobile, and Boater safety class at different times throughout the year.
The Drug Recognition Evaluator Program
A drug recognition expert or drug recognition evaluator (DRE) is a police officer that has specialized training in the recognition and identification of specific drug categories a person may be under the influence of. DREs are an invaluable asset to law enforcement agencies and to the Adams County Sheriff’s Office, and can be relied upon for their extensive knowledge and training in OWI investigation.
The DRE program was created in the 1970’s by LAPD officers, in response to a need to support their suspicions that individuals arrested for OWI were under the influence of drugs, at a time when they lacked the necessary knowledge to adequately confirm those suspicions. The initial program attracted interest and support from the International Association of Chiefs of Police and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and a standardized DRE protocol was developed.
Subsequent research concluded that a properly trained DRE can successfully categorize the drugs that are actively causing impairment in an individual.
The Sheriff’s Office currently has two certified DREs.
INVESTIGATORS - Todd Laudert - Floyd Lindsey - Jason Spice
Investigators are on call 24/7, 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.
PROPERTY/EVIDENCE - Sergeant Travis Armitage
The Property and Evidence Custodian is responsible for securely storing all evidence obtained during criminal investigations. All of these items must be stored until the criminal case is disposed of in the court system, which can take several years, depending on the type of crime committed.
If you have been notified to pick up an item or vehicle 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.