The Pequot Lakes City Council heard an annual update at its October meeting from Crow Wing County sheriff Todd Dahl.
He talked to the council about the Toward Zero Death initiative to lower the number of driving deaths.
He said the main drug focus is methamphetamines and high-grade marijuana.
“There is a huge wave of getting heroin, opiates, in our central region here. They’re as far north as St. Cloud,” Dahl said. “That’s very disturbing.”
Heroin costs less than methamphetamines, he added.
Dahl said the sheriff’s office is extremely busy. He cited a rash of cabin burglaries, mainly in the county’s eastern townships. “We have a good focus on who’s doing that,” Dahl said.
The sheriff also said deputies are patrolling roads in all corners of the county.
“Hopefully you’re seeing more cars out and about,” Dahl said, from Fairfield Township to the Crow Wing-Morrison county line.
“It’s vitally important to me to know these officers are out here, all over the map of the county,” he said.
Again, Dahl encouraged people to call the sheriff’s department whenever they see something suspicious.
“We are getting more calls in,” Dahl said, noting it’s their job to check out such calls.
Council member Jerry Akerson asked if the city could contract with the sheriff’s department for additional coverage. Dahl said the department would have to come up with a package, and the cost would depend on how many hours the city would want, how many officers would be needed, etc.
He didn’t have a cost off the top of his head, but said they could sit and determine that if the city so desired.
Dahl also fielded questions from council member Tom Ryan regarding the county helping to train area law enforcement officers, and regarding dispatch times to local officers.
Ryan questioned the dispatch time to a local accident last summer, saying local officers told of a delay in being dispatched. Dahl said the dispatch was made and it likely wasn’t something the council would want to talk about publicly.
“I think there’s more detail to it, Tom,” Dahl said, encouraging him to talk to the police chief and officers.