Lake Hamilton making changes, fighting to keep police dept. after scathing report

Lake Hamilton making changes, fighting to keep police dept. after scathing report (Image 1)

Lake Hamilton residents hope planned changes will help them keep their police department.

This comes after the state attorney wants the department shut down if it can’t bring operations up to date. A report said the department botched a sexual battery case. It also pointed to a felony child abuse case that was nearly ignored.

“I’m hurt. I’m disappointed but I still think we have a good town here,” Mayor Marlene Wagner said. “I think you saw tonight our people feel comfortable with our town and give us a chance to rebuild our police department and then come back and criticize if we are not doing right.

Police Chief Lyle Jagniszak made his first public comments since the report was released Thursday night. “While I greatly disagree with most of the opinion, I tend to agree we need additional training, as do all agencies large and small,” Jagniszak said. “It took decades to get here and it will take some time to get to where we need to be.”

The chief listed several things he purchased since the investigation, including a gun safe and an evidence locker. But he said he needs time to make additional changes.

Meanwhile, the town council voted to begin the process of searching for consultants and determining what it would take for Polk County to investigate the town’s major crimes. “Investigating major crimes requires a high level of experience and expertise. I think that the county can provide that to us. We are already paying for that in our tax dollars,” council member Barrett O’Neil said.

Copyright 2015 WFLA. All rights reserved.

WFLA.com provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s