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Special Deputies Report Active Year Outdoors, Schools


Updates from Vilas County Sheriff's department special deputies on recreation and school liason officer were presented to the county law enforcement committee this week.

Recreation Officer  Jason Molle indicated the ATV being rented from Track Side in Eagle River has its proper lights installed and will be delivered on Friday in time for patrol during the holiday weekend.

“I intend to be on the ATV routes and will also be meeting with the Cloverland town board since they have received some concern having all town roads open for ATV travel,” Molle said.

He felt most concerns were over speeding since all Cloverland town roads have a maximum 35 mph limit except those shared with the town of Lincoln. Deputy Molle indicated the county was reimbursed $38,000 or 73% of his snowmobile patrol cost last winter and has also received a $$2,850 grant from U.S. Forest Service for campground patrol in heavily used locations such as Anvil Lake, Lac Vieux Dessert, Kentuck Lake, and Spectacle Lake.

School liason officer for Northland Pines school district, deputy Eric Neff, indicated this past year there were 55 incidents and 14 citations issued. “Most of the incidents were in the Middle-High School and most of the citations were in the lower grades involving truancy,” Neff said. He indicated they had one lock down due to a reported simulated gun and lockdowns for K-9 searches and there were six drunk driving-vaping presentations. “The value of a resource officer in the school is having students comfortable to approach a deputy in uniform when they find or hear something that may be a threat,” Neff said.

When school is over, he will be assigend to assist deputy Molle in recreation enforcement, mainly on the Eagle River chain of lakes.

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