FOOTVILLE (WKOW) -- The Rock County Sheriff's Department is branching out into the Village of Footville.
The department opened a substation in the village hall on Tueday. The substation might seem to be just another office in the building, but it will allow the sheriff's department to maintain a stronger presence in the village. That's important since the department is responsible for the village's police services.
"In relation to other townships, this is specific to Footville in a sense that we'll enforce their ordanances and put those crimes into their municpal court system," explained Lieutenant Jude Mauer, Rock County Sheriff's Department.
The village president, Gary Selck, says crime is not a major problem in Footville.
"We're concerned about people in town speeding and around the schools. Things like that," said Selck.
However, last year the bank in town was robbed. Deputy Karl Weberg caught four of the five robbers and was awarded the medal of valor.
"Obviously the heroics that he domonstrated last fall means a lot to the people here," remarked Sheriff Bob Spoden.
Sheriff Spoden hopes the substation will make residents in Footville feel more secure.
The department expects there will be a deputy in the substation about five to ten hours a week. Deputies will hold office hours on Tuesdays and Saturdays.