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Jan. 10, 2019Maryville, MO | By: John Coffey
Nodaway County Sheriff Randy Strong has released his 2018 Year End Report. Strong says it was a busy year for 9-1-1 calls.
"Our 9-1-1 center answered 14,397 calls in 2018, so that's a lot of calls. I'm very happy with our DARE program and school resource officer program. The county now, every school has DARE being taught in their schools and helping kids make the right decisions. Rick Smail does an excellent job with that."
Strong says his office also received a substantial number of calls concerning people having mental health issues.
"We answered 44 of those calls this year. And our crisis intervention training that we've gotten all the deputies works out really well. They recognize the individiual in need and we try to get them the apporiate help. Sometimes if they are having self-harm thoughts or have done self-harm, we take them for a mental evaluation and hopefully they can get their life turned around with some help."
Overall, Strong says 2018 was a good year for his department.
"We've hit a lot of accomplishments. We've made a lot of good criminal cases that we sent up for prosecutaion. I feel really good about where the department's at. It feels like it's really clicked this 2nd year in office."