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Prescott Police Chief: 2013 a year of "significant accomplishments"

Mike Bondarenko gave an update on the state of the Prescott Police Department to Prescott Kiwanis Thursday. Bondarenko is retiring next month after nearly eight years as Chief (Herald photo by Jason Schulte).

PRESCOTT – As he starts his final weeks as Prescott Chief of Police, Mike Bondarenko is happy about the status of the department.

“I can tell you with all sincerity the state of the police department is pretty good,” Bondarenko told Prescott Kiwanis Thursday. “2013 was an extremely busy year in which we had very significant accomplishments.”

Bondarenko said a top objective for the department in 2013 was drug enforcement.

“Despite our best efforts, we were still seeing too much drug activity,” he explained.

The results paid off in the terms of 40 arrests, 25 which referred to the Pierce County District Attorney’s office for misdemeanor or felony charges.

“A significant amount of illegal drugs are now off our streets,” he said.

He also highlighted a period during the summer in which there was a homicide, attempted homicide, three burglaries and two sexual assaults which were all “cleared” (i.e. cases have been referred to the District Attorney’s office for charges).

“For a city of our size to solve all those cases is really good police work,” he continued.

For more please read the Jan. 29 print version of the Herald. 

Jason Schulte

Jason Schulte is a reporter for the New Richmond News since February 2015. Prior to that he spent eight years at the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth. His duties with the News will include covering news out of Hammond and Roberts along with action from St. Croix County court system. He lives in Roberts. 

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