Lyon County Sheriff’s Report – Week of May 17, 2015
Sheriff’s weekly message, May 17th
We have long demanded that government be run like a business, by becoming efficient with our tax dollars. This past week, the Sheriff’s Office was tasked by the Comptroller’s Office to review our fee schedules. After careful analysis, some of the results were quite shocking.
The Sheriff’s Office conducts background checks and annually registers approximately 400 prostitutes for four brothels, licensed in Lyon County. I will add that brothel licensing is a county ordinance, controlled by the commissioners, not the Sheriff’s Office. We believe background checks and registration is an extremely important task because of the industry’s dangers, which includes mitigating any potential out-of-state slave sex trafficking or having available fingerprints and photographs in the event of a targeted-murder by an angry “John.” After analysis, it costs Lyon County $76.50 to conduct a fingerprint based background check. Unfortunately, we have been only charging $50.00 per prostitute.
Many of you can do the math as too how much we as tax payers are paying for prostitutes to work in Lyon County. But it doesn’t stop there. We require the same fingerprint based background checks for a liquor license, but charge the applicant $750.00. Yes, we are asking the equality question. Nonetheless, we submitted realistic and responsible fee charges for the comptroller. It will be up to the commissioners to decide to adopt or reject our recommendations of fee schedules.
The new jail was built with no face-to-face inmate visiting; rather, it was installed with a video system owned by the county with no technical service support system. This is why many days we have canceled visitation because of equipment failure. Additionally, the Justice Complex lobby is locked after hours and on weekends, which is why there have been limited visitation hours. The bottom line is the current system is flawed.
We received a web based Inmate Video visiting system presentation, which we are giving serious consideration. It will enable friends and families to visit inmates from the convenience of their own home, using technologies. What this will do is create more visitation days and hours while minimizing deputy and control room operator’s labor hours in scheduling and facilitating visits. The cost of this service is paid for by the user, which is estimated at between $12.95 – $20.00 per visit. The county would receive a 33% commission, which could be used towards inmate medical care, thus reducing tax payers’ burdens on mandated inmate medical care. Although we would still offer free lobby video visiting, people in the north county, or out of state, could justify the costs of the paid service in lieu of spending gasoline dollars and travel time.
Deputy Sam Blyveis got an opportunity to read to Silver Springs 2nd graders, which is in his assigned beat area. This is the type of approach we will continue to take in reaching out to our next generation. This week, we recognized the heroic efforts of Larry Ingerson and Todd Lauderdale for quick action taken at a Mason Valley fuel farm on a re-fueler truck fire. Their decisive actions diverted a potential disaster for both responding fire fighters and deputies.
Finally, 30 of the 110 Sheriff’s Office employees are veterans who have served in every branch. We have seen death, disease, starvation, and the worst of humanity on foreign soils. But Memorial Day is not about us, we are its survivors. Memorial Day is about our friends, family, and “buddies” who did not come home with us. Memorial Day is about them. As Rudyard Kipling penned in 1897,
Lest we forget – lest we forget!