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New Facility Will Better Serve The Citizens

By Staff | Feb 16, 2021

To the Editor:

The Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Offices needs the new facility. The new facility will increase the safety, effectiveness, and efficiency of the entire organization and its employees. The new jail will allow for increased safety of the inmates and correctional officers. In the current facility it is impracticable to safely book into jail more than one person at a time, and that is if everyone is cooperative. If a subject is suicidal, uncooperative or under the influence of an intoxicating substance, this puts all employees to include deputies, officers, jail staff, and dispatchers at an increased risk that can be mitigated with a proper booking room and holding facilities. A booking room that contains holding cells can safely allow staff to complete the book in process of more than one individual while ensuring the safety of uncooperative, suicidal, or intoxicated individuals. As employees we all understand there is an increased risk in our profession, and we accept that risk, but this current facility requires us to take increased risk that at times is unreasonable.

The new sheriff’s office will allow for an increased space for deputies to conduct investigations. In the current facility there is no reasonable space to conduct interviews with multiple subjects for complex investigations. The new facility will offer dedicated interview rooms where subjects can be interviewed without being interrupted by the daily operations of the office. The interview rooms will also allow these individuals to be kept sight and sound separate from others, as well as separate from other office space where daily proceedings and business is being conducted that is not public information. There will also be adequate training space for employees to utilize and not have to go elsewhere or utilize other agencies for their training space.

The Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office is in need of a new and updated facility. The new facility will allow the employees to better serve the citizens of Palo Alto County. I implore the community members to please ask questions, if you have any about the new facility, and then vote yes!

(signed) Kyle Hagen

Emmetsburg, IA