Editor's note: The following column, released by the HCSO, is a State of the Sheriff's Office for Humboldt County.

To the Citizens of Humboldt County: As we close the book on the year 2013, I can truly say that it has been yet another very productive and positive one for the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office. As I have done over the last several years, at the conclusion of each calendar year, I take the opportunity to pass on to everyone in the community some of our more major accomplishments throughout the preceding twelve months. This has been a year where we as an agency have been involved in several critical incidents, in which our staff acted in a very meritorious fashion. We have also seen the completion of our new dispatch center and the hiring of additional dispatchers to staff it. The Sheriff's Office also held its third Citizens Academy, as well as hosting a national law enforcement conference right here in Winnemucca.

In October of 2013, the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office responded to a request for assistance by one of our neighboring counties, the Pershing County Sheriff's Office. Pershing deputies were dispatched to a violent domestic battery call with shots being fired. Upon our deputy's arrival, they came in contact with the suspect and were immediately drawn into a violent confrontation with him. After a short engagement, the suspect was taken into custody. Less than a week later, Humboldt County deputies and several other area law enforcement personnel were involved in another very violent incident with an individual in the Golconda area. Not soon after these two events occurred, we had the opportunity to publicly acknowledge the deputies who were involved and awarded them this offices highest award for bravery, the "Sheriff's Medal of Merit Award". Receiving this award was Sergeant Lee Dove, Sergeant Chris Aker and Deputy Jeanine Poor. Thankfully, none of our personnel were injured in either of these dangerous encounters.

In the spring of this past year, we were very proud to host the first annual 420 Group Law Enforcement Conference here in Winnemucca. This conference brought together over one hundred fifty law enforcement professionals from across the entire United States to learn about the most current trends in drug interdiction, legal issues, officer safety matters, and many other valuable courses. This course was actually funded by asset and money seizures done throughout the last couple of years during drug interdiction stops in our county. The organizers of this course were so pleased with their reception here in Humboldt County that they will be returning this April to hold their second annual conference.

In the fall of 2013, we put on our third Citizen's Academy. This one, as with the last two, was a great success. Sixteen members of the community met for seven weeks at the courthouse to learn about topics ranging from Law to Police Use of Force, to the History of the Sheriff's Office, and many other topics. All of those that attended said that their knowledge of law enforcement issues greatly expanded and that it was a very worthwhile class to attend.

And finally, 2013 was the year that the new Public Safety Dispatch Center was finally completed. This new state-of-the-art center will allow this agency's Public Safety Dispatchers to concentrate solely on dispatching. The new center is a stand-alone building from the current Detention Facility. In addition to having a spacious dispatch floor that can readily accommodate additional growth in our community, the building has a kitchen and an Emergency Operations Command room that can double as a classroom as needed. The building was dedicated this past fall and was named after long time (thirty plus years) Humboldt County 9-1-1 Dispatcher, Janice Giacometto. "The Janice Giacometto Public Safety Dispatch Building" should serve the community of Humboldt County for many years to come.

As a result of opening the new Dispatch Center, we also hired new personnel to man a new division of the office called Central Control. Seven outstanding ladies now run that division which is responsible for controlling access to the Detention Facility as well as operating as our records section.

As with previous years, advanced training for all of our staff continued to be a priority of our office, and deputies were able to attend many in-house trainings which saved the county money.

So, as we go forward into a new year, as usual, if you have any questions or concerns, or would like to just talk about what may be on your mind, please do not hesitate to come by the courthouse, or call my office at (775) 623-6419.

Happy New Year.

Ed Kilgore is the Humboldt County sheriff.