Dodge County Sheriff’s Office Issues Statement On Protests

(Juneau) The Dodge County Sheriff says his departments core values of integrity, accountability, teamwork, leadership and service will guide how they handle any area protests. Dale Schmidt says they will partner with the community and develop proactive solutions toward making Dodge County a safe and enjoyable place to live; while safeguarding the lives, property and constitutional rights of citizens. He says it is legal to protest and make your opinions known and that his office will not infringe on a person’s right to freedom of speech. However, the public is reminded that protests must remain legal and peaceful and must not violate the law. Schmidt reassures business owners and residents that no one has the right to trespass, vandalize or damage their property. He says the Wisconsin Constitution gives the duty and authority to the sheriff to maintain law and order and preserve the peace. The sheriff adds that he will work with the local police departments to accomplish that goal.