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April is National County Government month

Fri, Apr 12th, 2013
Posted in All Government

The Fillmore County Board of Commissioners has proclaimed April as National County Government Month and encourages all residents to participate in this annual event. The theme for 2013 is Smart Justice. The Board welcomes you to stop in and visit your courthouse in the month of April and learn about Smart Justice in Fillmore County.

Fillmore County takes pride in their responsibility to protect and enhance the health, welfare and safety of its residents in sensible and cost effective ways. Often counties are providing both direct and indirect services to enhance the lives of residents while remaining responsible for public safety and the effective use of local tax dollars.

Some activities that illustrate Fillmore County’s solid belief in Smart Justice are as follows:

•Participation by the Sheriff’s Office in the MN Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) program to educate young people about the dangers of drug addiction and how to remain drug free. A new initiative is in progress to teach communities to respond to prescription drug abuse.

•Participation by the Sheriff, Public Health and Highway Departments in Toward Zero Death activities. This is an initiative that focuses on education, enforcement, emergency services and engineering to bring about smart justice on our streets and highways.

•Upgrades to 911 technology to allow better lines of communication among all emergency response teams.

•Public education related to MN Seat Belt laws by Public Health and the Sheriff’s Office.

•Public education and distribution of child car seats to eligible parents by Public Health and the Sheriff’s Office.

•Public education to protect children with Child Abuse Awareness campaigns by Social Services and Child Protection team.

•Sheriff and deputies with all levels of expertise including a chief deputy, captain, lieutenant, investigator, narcotics officer, patrol sergeant and sheriff deputies to provide a community presence and investigation of reports of violations.

•Prosecution of alleged offenders by the County Attorney’s Office.

•District Court presence in Preston with a courtroom and an arraignment hearing room with innovative technology to facilitate timely processing of cases before the court.

•Delivery of a corrections program as part of Dodge-Fillmore-Olmsted Community Corrections that focuses on supervision and education and historically has led to low offender recidivism.

•Victim Services staff support and resource referral for victims of crimes, domestic violence and traffic crashes.

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