Sheriff_5306At a Town Hall meeting in La Porte City on February 13, Black Hawk County Sheriff Tony Thompson stressed the important role the community plays in communicating concerns to law enforcement saying, “If we don’t know, we can’t fix it.”

Thompson spoke on a variety of topics during the 90 minute session held at Union High School. Following his introductory remarks, he took questions from area residents in attendance.

In response to concerns expressed about illegal drug activity in the area, the sheriff, noting that nearly 80% of crime is related in some way to drugs, described several initiatives the county is involved in for intelligence gathering and law enforcement. In addition to a social media presence via Facebook and twitter, the sheriff’s office website at www.bhcso.org contains a wealth of information and provides ways for concerned citizens to interact with the department. Last year, county law enforcement had a hand in mitigating 15 methamphetamine labs in Black Hawk County alone.

Additional topics Thompson touched upon included emergency response planning, budget constraints and the department’s effort to improve accountability and transparency in governance.