The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office is committed to providing education about the resistance to drug abuse, as well as a commitment to proactive enforcement of controlled substance laws. The Sheriff’s Office will work jointly with local agencies to create a multi-jurisdictional task force designed to target drug traffickers and manufactures. Street level drug dealers will also receive additional enforcement attention. In 2000 the Sheriff's Office participated in a federal drug task forces grant. The grant was administered by the State of Wisconsin Office of Justice Assistance. Seventy-five percent of the funds awarded are made available to the state through the federal Byrne Memorial State and Local Law Enforcement Assistance Program. In addition to the Sheriff's Office, the following agencies participate in the CCDEE Task Force-Portage Police Department, Cambria Police Department, Columbus Police Department, Fall River Police Department, Lake Delton Police Department, Lodi Police Department, Wisconsin Dells Police Department, Rio Police Department,and the Poynette Police Department. The Columbia County District Attorney's Office is also a participating agency serving in an advisory role.
The Sheriff’s Office will continue to support the DARE program. Sheriff Richards believes that children are our future and their education to help them resist drug abuse is critical.
To provide drug tip information or for more information about drugs of abuse or a presentation about drug identification contact Detective Lt. Roger Brandner at (608)742-4166 or by e-mail.
To report controlled substance violations please contact the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office Detective Division at (608) 742-4166 or you may call Columbia County Crimestoppers at 1-800-293-TIPS (8477) Citizen witnesses may remain confidential by calling either number.