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NORTHWOOD, IA – Leo Hendrick is the owner of Spartan Arms in Northwood, and an active member of the Northwood community.
He’s been at every City Council meeting, since members decided to get rid of the Northwood Police Department, and instead, hand duties over to the Worth County Sheriff’s Office.
And he’s happy to see it’s finally all figured out.
“Good, its crazy that we had to have the Sheriff’s Department come in and do that but yeah its good to know now we don’t have a burnt out guy policing us 24 hours a day, seven days a week,” said Leo.
For several months this year, there was just one officer left on the Police Department in Northwood, and the Worth County Sheriff’s Office acted as back up.
Leo says, that set-up definitely took a toll on folks.
“I didn’t really matter I take my own security myself, my security in my own hands but for the general public those that don’t and can’t, yeah it would have been really scary for them,” said Leo.
But now things are quite different.
The Worth County Sheriff’s Office is taking over, for good.
And it seems like the good news is spreading throughout Northwood even the local paper has the picture of the four new deputies that were just hired.
Worth County Sheriff Jay Langenbau says with the new staff, comes some new changes in town as well: including 24 hour coverage and patrolling.
“See the officer, deputies driving around more and doesn’t mean we’re going to be making more arrests and citations. We’ll have more patrol and protection for the city of Northwood,” said Langenbau.
And while that is good news for a business owner like Leo, one worry he has, is that Northwood is losing its identity.
“Wanted to make sure Northwood stays Northwood. It’s an identity thing really now its like we don’t have a police department we got guys running around in police vehicle that say Northwood on the side but all reality their Sheriff Deputies,” said Leo.
And its worries like those that have Sheriff Langenbau ready to prove to the community, this is all a positive change.
“this is something that myself, I feel like we can prove that this is something we are excited about to prove and show the city that the money they are putting into this is going to be worth,” said Langebau.
Sheriff Langenbau says soon the Northwood Police sign will be taken down from the department in town, and the police cars will be removed of the Northwood Police logo.