The Lac qui Parle County Sheriff’s Office has three Deputies currently assigned to the West Central SWAT Team. West Central SWAT is a multi jurisdictional team comprised of five county sheriff’s offices and eight police departments including Stevens, Pope, Swift, Traverse, and Lac qui Parle counties along with the Glenwood, Starbuck, Morris, University of MN Morris, Benson, Appleton, Montevideo and Wheaton police departments. The team is divided into four sections: entry, sniper, negotiator, and medical support. The team also includes one physician/surgeon experienced who serves as medical adviser. The team trains on a monthly basis and is fluent in chemical munitions, less lethal, entry tactics, negotiations, firearms, along with many other high risk tactics.
Since 1983 D.A.R.E. has demonstrated leadership in the prevention of drug abuse. Collaborative efforts among Law Enforcement, Education and Prevention Science have distinguished the D.A.R.E. program. D.A.R.E.’s keepin’ it REAL Elementary Curriculum continues this commitment to provide cutting edge instruction that prevents drug use by developing basic or core skills needed for safe and responsible choices. These skills extend beyond drugs to health and mature choices in life. Developing core academic and life skills, the curriculum furthers both educational and prevention goals.
D.A.R.E. is taught in Lac qui Parle County by Deputy Brian Benck. Deputy Benck has been teaching D.A.R.E. since 2015. D.A.R.E. is taught to the 5th grade classes both at the Lac qui Parle Valley School and Dawson Elementary School. Deputy Benck teaches on average about 100 students between both schools each year.
Rx Drug Drop Box Program
In partnership with the National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators, the Sheriff’s Office offers a drug take-back program to Lac qui Parle County residents. This is a free service to County residents in an effort to provide a safe and secure way of disposing of unneeded, unwanted, or expired prescription or over-the-counter medications.
There is a secured drop box in the lobby of the Sheriff’s Office. The Office lobby is open 24/7, so you can drop your medications any time that is convenient for you. Drugs do not have to be in their original packaging. Just bring them in and dump them in the secure drop box, it’s as simple as that!