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JAIL

The first Green County Sheriff took office in 1838. A temporary jail was used at the American House which was located in what is known as the White Block Building on the southwest corner of the square in Monroe. The first County Jail, which was built out of logs prior to 1855, was destroyed by fire. This jail was located next to the local brewery and news reports indicate the brewery was saved from the adjoining flames by the efforts of citizens who kept the roof moistened with the contents from large beer vats inside. That same year, proposals for a new jail were received and a jail made of stone was approved for construction on the same site which is now known as the Jailhouse Tap Tavern. The Jail House Tap is located about two blocks southwest of the downtown area.

In 1959, the Sheriff's Department/Jail at the current location on the east side of Monroe was built to house up to 20 inmates. In 1980, a portion of the 1959 structure was torn down and an addition was added which increased the holding capacity to 70 beds.

SHERIFF KILLED IN LINE OF DUTY

One Green County Sheriff was killed in the line of duty on May 3, 1919 when Sheriff Matt Solbraa responded to a report of a man held up in a farm house seven miles north of Monroe. Reports of the incident indicated a homeless man had shot and killed a farmer and the Sheriff responded to the scene and confronted the man. ordering him to drop his weapon. The man fired and fatally injured Sheriff Solbraa. Sheriff Solbraa's name is inscribed in the Wisconsin Law Enforcement Memorial on the ground of the Capitol at Madison, WI and the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D. C.

Department Summary

Green County is comprised of 16 townships, five villages and two cities. The Sheriff's Department is responsible for patroling the areas of the county that do not provide their own enforcement. This includes the towns of Adams, Albany, Brooklyn, Cadiz, Clarno, Decatur, Exeter, Jefferson, Jordan, Monroe, Mt. Pleasant, New Glarus, Spring Grove, Sylvester, Washington, York and the Village of Browntown. In addition, the Sheriff's Department provides protection to the villages of Albany, Brooklyn, Monticello and New Glarus when the officers from these agencies are off duty.

The Sheriff's Department/Jail is located at 2827 6th Street, which houses the 911 County Communication Center, a 70-bed jail and other Department-related offices. The operation of the Department is divided into several divisions consisting of Administration, Communications, Jail, Patrol, Detective, Clerical, Special Units, and Support Staff.

MISSION/VISION STATEMENT

The Green County Sheriff's Department's mission is to protect Green County through partnership and professional service; implementing the values of integrity, honor, courage and respect for people. Our vision is to be a safe community for our citizens and visitors.

Integrity: We will be unimpaired in our duty to follow our standards and values. Integrity does not stand by itself, it supports our other values of courage, honor, and respect.

Courage: We have the confidence and resolution to serve and protect our community. Courage is our tool of control, allowing us to risk ourselves to protect others.

Honor: We honor our role in the community and vow never to abuse our powers. Honor means nobility of mind and a distinction of respect. Our honor allows us to maintain a high level of moral character.

Respect: We will be considerate to the wishes, opinions and decisions of those whom we serve and those who we work with. To respect means to appreciate, consider and value. These are the objects that guide every value we follow.

SPECIAL UNITS

SCHOOL LIAISON/DARE OFFICER

The Department has provided a certified DARE officer to area County schools since 1990 when the program was first presented in the Monroe Schools. The County DARE program focuses on the 5th grade level and involves nine weeks of instruction during a school semester. Currently, deputies provide classroom instruction to 5th graders in Juda, Albany, Monticello and Brodhead school systems and for the past several years, New Glarus and Monroe Police Departments provide officers in their respective jurisdictons. Deputy Pam Tourdot is the Department's DARE Coordinator/School Liaison Officer.

This year 35 million school children around the world--26 million in the U.S.--will benefit from D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education), the highly acclaimed program that gives kids the skills they need to avoid involvement in drugs, gangs, or violence. D.A.R.E. was founded in 1983 in Los Angeles and has proven so successful that it is now being implemented in nearly 75 percent of our nation’s school districts and in more than 53 countries around the world.

D.A.R.E. is a police officer-led series of classroom lessons that teach children from kindergarten through 12th grade how to resist peer pressure and live productive drug-and- violence-free lives. The program, which was developed jointly by the Los Angeles Police Department and the Los Angeles Unified School District, initially focused on elementary school children. It has now been expanded to include middle school and high school programs.

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