Bill Wolfgram - Buchanan County Sheriff
Sheriff Bill Wolfgram has been in law enforcement in Buchanan County since 1989 working for the Sheriff's Office and the Independence Police Department. Sheriff Wolfgram has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in Management from Minnesota State University and graduated from the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy in 1990. Since 1991 he has taught D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education and a Board Member of the Iowa D.A.R.E. Association. Bill is a certified SCUBA diver and a licensed pilot.
METH IN OUR COMMUNITY
Today the family unit is different than in the past. Both parents have to work to make ends meet. Now more than ever there are single parent homes where the children come home to no adult supervision.
Due to this, society is putting more expectations on our schools and law enforcement to deal with this crisis and others that may arise.
Continued drug education is an important step to help reduce crime and drug usage. Methamphetamine has been and continues to b a problem in Iowa. How do we deal with it? Jail time is not the answer. Treatment and prevention efforts are. Most importantly there needs to be reinforcement from home.
An excerpt from the Office of National Drug Control Policy says it all.
(Article is from the child's perspective.)
"Get off my back. Okay, it may seem like I hate my parents, but I'm really demonstrating what a therapies would call asserting my identity, so I can grow up to be a well-adjusted individual. Sure, I say I want freedom, but without parental supervision, I'm more likely to smoke pot and stuff. I hope my parents don't try to act like my FRIENDS. What I really need is PARENTS."
Sheriff Bill Wolfgram