About a year after canceling it, the Douglas County Sheriff's office recently reinstated their vacation house watch program. Volunteers with the Sheriff's Office Auxiliary check on the home's of people who are out of town and had asked the Sheriff's Office to drive by their homes to make sure everything is OK. Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal says in February of 2012 he pulled the plug, in part because of high gas prices. Gjesdal says the Department has a more stable budget situation this year. Gjesdal says in addition to house watches, auxiliary members assist Deputies with a range of duties, including passing out evacuation notices during wild fires, and manning road blocks.
Gjesdal says if you would like to learn more about the Sheriff's Auxiliary, contact the program's coordinator, Mike Dingle at 884-0941. Douglas County residents can visit the Sheriff's Office website, "www.douglascountysheriff.org" to download a vacation house watch request.